Beginning the Application Process
Applying to the College is now an online process.
The application process for most Ontario nursing graduates begins when your nursing school informs the College that you are about to complete your program.
After that, the College will send you an email to advise you to create an account through the online portal.
When you create your account in the online portal, make sure that your personal information is correct and that it matches the name on the supporting documents you submit to the College. If your name has changed, you should submit a written request for name change to the College. Your requests must include:
- your former name
- a copy of a legal name change document, such as a marriage certificate, divorce decree, or change of name certificate
- your new name spelled exactly as it appears on your legal name change document
- your signature
- your mailing address and phone number
Once you have created an account, you can begin your application by logging in and clicking on “create a new application.”
- During your application, if you answer “yes” to any question on the declaration, the College will require you to provide additional information with your application, including a personal statement and supporting documentation separately. These cannot be submitted online. This information will be reviewed by the College’s Executive Director and may be referred to the Registration Committee, which will extend the time it takes to process your application.
- The College will begin processing your application only after it receives your completed application and fee. The application fee is non-refundable.
- While you can submit your proof of citizenship, residency status, or authorization to practise nursing in Ontario documentation at any time during the online application process, it is recommended you submit this documentation with your application. If you do not submit them during your initial online application, you will need to send them to the College separately.
- Making a false or misleading statement or representation on your application or supporting documents may result in the cancellation of your application for registration and/or cancellation of any certificates that may be issued.
Completing the registration process can take from three to 18 months, but this is a guideline only. It is your responsibility to ensure the timely delivery of all required documentation and other information requested by the College.
Factors that may delay your registration include:
- graduating from a program that doesn’t meet entry-to-practice competencies
- failing to provide evidence of having practised nursing or graduated from a nursing program within the past three years
- failing to provide evidence that demonstrates language proficiency in either English or French
- the time needed to translate official documents into either English or French
- failing to successfully complete the required registration examination or jurisprudence examination
- information about the applicant’s conduct, competence or health that may require further review and follow-up.
- failing to produce other documents requested by the College.