I am an RN who was also educated as a nurse practitioner. Are there any additional requirements for NP licensure?
To be eligible for NP registration and licensure in Nova Scotia, you must:
- First become registered and licensed as an RN. Please email email@example.com if you wish to apply as an NP.
- Submit your application through NSCN’s Registrant Portal. Use the username and password you created for your RN application to submit an NP application and pay the assessment fee.
- Submit official confirmation from a nursing program that you successfully completed an NSCN-approved Controlled Drugs and Substances course.
- Arrange for NSCN to receive the following from your NP school of nursing:
- Course descriptions
- Description of the program of study (this must be in greater detail than the program calendar)
- Course objectives/outcomes
- NP competencies to be achieved within the program course content
- Course hours (theory/lab/clinical)
- Number of supervised clinical hours
- Methods of evaluation
The above documentation is forwarded to a psychometrician who will determine if your NP program taught you the competencies to safely provide NP services in Nova Scotia. This is done by comparing your NP program with our required NP entry-level competencies and the course information from the NS NP program. The cost of this evaluation is approximately $650, however, the cost can fluctuate if more information and time is required by the assessors. You are responsible for the cost of this evaluation.
Starting the Application
When you are ready to apply, click here.
NSCN is expecting a high volume of applications through the registrant portal. You may experience some delays in submitting your application during peak times. We have a plan to manage the increase in submissions, however, it may take us longer than usual to process applications. Thank you in advance for your patience.
- For LPN applicants, you must pass the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Exam
- For RN applicants, you must pass the NCLEX-RN® Exam, if you have not already done so. If you have already passed this exam, you will not be required to retake it.
Once your application has been processed, we will give you more information about these exams, if applicable.
Before you begin practice as a nurse in Nova Scotia, please review the Jurisprudence Information for your designation.
Expiry of your application
All Canadian documents (statement from employer, licensure verifications) expire six months from the date they are completed. All international documents expire 24 months after they were completed with the exception of the English Language Proficiency Test, which expires 24 months from the date of the test.
If your application documents are more than 24 months old and you have not been in contact with us for 12 months, your application will expire and be closed. If you change your mind and wish to re-apply after your file has been closed, you will be required to re-apply to us, and you may be required to re-pay the assessment fee. Note: your application will be measured against the regulatory requirements at that time.
Read our frequently asked questions for more information on the application process, registration and licensure requirements, entrance exam information, and more.
Please be advised that registration requirements and fees are subject to change. All application as well as registration and licensure fees are non-refundable. Click here to learn more about fees and payment options.