Any Nurse Registered or Licensed in Another Province

As a Canadian nurse, welcome to the nursing profession in Nova Scotia.  You will be eligible to practise as an LPN, RN or NP once you have applied and met all registration and licensure requirements. 

This section of the website is for you if you are currently licensed as a nurse in any other province or territory in Canada. 

Before you begin, it’s important to know:

  • We are available to help if you have any questions. Reach out to us at registration@nscn.ca and we will respond within five business days. 
  • All application documents must be provided in English. Translations from a certified translator are also accepted. You are responsible for the cost of all translations.
  • All documents received through the application process are the property of NSCN and can only be released to another regulatory body with your written permission. Documents will not be released to you or to any third party unless required by law.

Application Process

How to Apply for LPN Registration and Licensure: 

Please submit the following documents and to apply: 

  1. Application for Registration and Licensure 
  2. Application fee 
  3. Photocopy of the following documents. You must submit these documents to us directly either through the mail or email. We will not accept unclear and/or faxed copies.
    1. Government-issued photo ID (e.g. passport or driver’s license)
    2. Birth certificate
    3. Name change certificate (e.g. marriage certificate) if you are married
  4. Original criminal record check 
  5. Verification of Original Registration and Licensure Form from your original regulatory body
  6. Verification of Current/Previous Registration and Licensure Form from any regulatory body where you currently hold or held a licence
  7. Verification of Practice Hours Form from your current and most recent employers (within the past five years)
  8. Complete an English Language Proficiency Test, if applicable.

Note: The Practical Nursing/Nursing Equivalent Program must include Administration of Medications, Health Assessment and Intravenous Therapy.  If your program did not include these courses or outcomes, you must submit documentation that you have taken these courses after completing your Practical Nursing Program.

We will not be able to proceed with your application until all of the documents have been submitted.

What else do I need to do to become registered and licensed as an LPN in Nova Scotia?

  1. Pass the LPN Jurisprudence Exam 

What happens once I have submitted my documents?

It will take up to five business days to process your application. You will receive an email when your application is approved along with information about next steps and how to pay for your LPN licence. Click here for information about your licensure fees

Expiry of your application

Once you are found eligible, you have six months to become registered and/or licensed with us. After this six-month period, your eligibility will expire and your file will be closed. If you change your mind and wish to become licensed once your file has been closed, you will be required to re-apply and meet the regulatory requirements in place at the time of your re-application. 

If you do not complete your application, we will retain the application and any supporting documents for six months from the date of last contact. After this date, your application will be confidentially shredded. When you want to resume the application process, you will be required to re-apply and re-pay the required fees.

How to Apply for RN Registration and Licensure: 

Please submit the following documents and fees to apply: 

  1. Initial Registration Assessment Application. Your application also includes the option to apply and pay for the: 
    1. Assessment fee 
    2. RN Jurisprudence Exam
  2. Photocopy of the following documents. You must submit these documents to us directly either through the mail or email. We will not accept unclear and/or faxed copies.
    1. Government-issued photo ID (e.g. passport or driver’s license)
    2. Birth certificate
    3. Name change certificate (e.g. marriage certificate) if you are married. 
  3. Original Canadian and International Criminal Record Check
  4. Verification of Original Registration and Licensure Form from your original regulatory body
  5. Verification of Current/Previous Registration and Licensure Form from any regulatory body where you currently hold or held a licence
  6. Statement from Employer for Initial RN Licence from every employer you have had in the past 12 months.
  7. Complete an English Language Proficiency Test, if applicable.

We will not be able to proceed with your application until all of the documents have been submitted.

What else do I need to do to become registered and licensed as an RN in Nova Scotia?

You must: 

  1. Pass the RN Jurisprudence Exam 
  2. Answer questions to affirm that you have met the requirements of a continuing competence program 

What happens once I have submitted my documents?

It will take up to five business days to process your application. Visit the RN & NP New Applicant Portal to track the receipt of your application documents. 

Expiry of Your Application

Your application will expire and close if your application documents are more than six months old and you have not been in contact with us for six months. 

If you change your mind and wish to become licensed once your file has been closed, you will be required to re-apply and meet the regulatory requirements in place at the time of your re-application, including paying the appropriate fees. 

How to apply for NP Registration and Licensure:

To become an NP in Nova Scotia, you must complete both the RN and NP applications. These can be completed at the same time. See above for the RN application and see below for the NP application. You are required to hold a RN practising licence before being eligible for a NP practising licence.

Please submit the following documents and fees to apply: 

  1. Initial Registration Assessment Application
  2. Pay the assessment fee
  3. Proof that you have passed a NSCN-approved controlled drugs & substances theory course or that this curriculum was taught in your NP program.
  4. Verification of Current Registration and Licensure Form from the regulatory body where you currently hold an NP licence
  5. Statement from Employer for Initial NP Licence from every employer you have had in the past 12 months.

What else do I need to do to become registered and licensed as an NP in Nova Scotia?

You must: 

  1. Obtain registration and a licence to practice nursing as an RN 
  2. Pass the RN Jurisprudence exam, if you have not already done so. 
  3. Pass the NP Jurisprudence Exam
  4. Answer questions to affirm that you have met the requirements of a continuing competence program 

What happens once I submit my documents?

It will take up to five business days to process your application. Visit the RN & NP New Application Portal to track the receipt of your application documents. 

Expiry of your Application

Your application will expire and close if your application documents are more than six months old and you have not been in contact with us for six months. 

If you change your mind and wish to become licensed once your file has been closed, you will be required to re-apply and meet the regulatory requirements in place at the time of your reapplication, including paying the appropriate fees. 

If you have any questions, reach out to us at registration@nscn.ca. We will respond within five business days.

Please be advised that registration requirements and fees are subject to change. All registration and licensure fees are non-refundable. Click here to learn more about fees and payment options