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Examinations - Nurse Practitioner

All applicants to the Extended Class must take the NP registration examination approved by Council for the requested NP specialty certificate.

Applying to the College is now an online process. After the College has established your eligibility to write your NP registration examination, you will receive a message through the online portal.

Practising nurses in other Canadian jurisdictions

The Ontario Labour Mobility Act (OLMA) supports full labour mobility for Canadian nurses who wish to practise in Ontario, provided they can demonstrate they are registered in their home jurisdiction and have recently practised as a Nurse Practitioner.

Applicants who meet these requirements are not required to write a registration examination or undergo additional training, experience, testing or assessment in order to register with the College.

This applies to all NPs who are registered to practise in a Canadian jurisdiction outside of Ontario, regardless of where they received their nursing education.

Jurisprudence Examination

In addition to a registration exam, all NP applicants must successfully complete a separate jurisprudence examination. This exam is designed to evaluate each applicant’s knowledge and understanding of the laws, regulations, and College by-laws, practice standards and guidelines that govern the nursing profession in Ontario. The RN(EC) Jurisprudence Examination includes questions applicable to all nurses in addition to questions that are unique to NP practice.

The examination is completed online and can be accessed at any time by applicants. Once you have submitted your online application and fee, you will receive information about how to access the secure testing site.

You must provide an email address to the College to receive information about your jurisprudence exam. This email address must be unique to you (i.e., it cannot be a shared address with other applicants to the College). 

Visit our Examinations section for more about the registration and jurisprudence exams, including fees, refund policies and special accommodation requests.

Page last reviewed September 08, 2018