Requesting Accommodation

Everyone who writes an examination as part of their application to the College has the right to request accommodation.

 “Accommodation” can refer to any adjustment made to the testing conditions that helps an applicant overcome the impact of a physical or mental condition/disorder on their ability to write the exam. Examples of accommodation include:

  • additional time
  • a separate room
Qualifying for Accommodation

If you are considering making a request for accommodation, here are a few things you should know:

  • Your request for accommodation must be based on a professionally recognized diagnosis of a disability, impairment, condition or disorder (or any other ground listed in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms or the Ontario Human Rights Code).
  • The reason you’re asking for accommodation must be something that would have a clear impact on your ability to write the exam. In other words, you have to show how your condition/disability/disorder would interfere with your ability to write the exam, and how the form of accommodation that you are requesting would address that.
  • The reason you’re asking for accommodation must be current. For example, CNO will not grant your request if you cite a childhood condition that you no longer suffer from.  
  • You must submit an Exam Accommodation Request and Supporting Documentation each time you attempt the exam.

Your request for accommodation must ensure the integrity of the examination remains intact  

Requesting Accommodation

For CNO to have enough time to review your request for accommodation, please request your accommodation when you apply to CNO by selecting the Accommodation Request option. Submit requests for accommodation and supporting documents to CNO before you contact Pearson VUE to book your writing time. If you schedule your examination before your accommodation is granted, CNO will not be able to grant your accommodation until you cancel your scheduled exam.

To submit a request, send the following to CNO:

 There is no fee for making a request for exam accommodation. However, you may be responsible for costs associated with making your request (e.g., assessment fees charged by health professionals, or other costs involved in obtaining your supporting documentation).

Remember: CNO may use any information you submit to support your request for accommodation, to determine whether you suffer from any physical or mental condition or disorder that could affect your ability to practice nursing in a safe manner

Page last reviewed December 21, 2021