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 two 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 a Practising Licence
  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. Registration/Licensure Verification form from every jurisdiction where you have held or currently hold a licence/registration (nursing and other regulated professions)*.
  6. Statement from Employer*
  7. Complete an English Language Proficiency Test, if applicable.

* if your application would include international documents, please contact registration@nscn.ca

Note: If you graduated from a program in Quebec between 2004 and 2009 you must provide evidence that you completed education in maternal, newborn and pediatric care. If you graduated from a program in Ontario prior to 2000 you must provide evidence that you completed education in Health Assessment Throughout the Lifespan and Pharmacology and Administration of Medication.

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

All Canadian documents (Statement from Employer, licensure verifications) expire six months from the date they were completed with the exception of the English Language Proficiency Test, which expires 24 months from the date of the test.

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 after 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. 

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. Registration/Licensure Verification form from every jurisdiction where you have held or currently hold a licence/registration (nursing and other regulated professions)*.
  5. Statement from Employer* 
  6. Complete an English Language Proficiency Test, if applicable.

* if your application would include international documents, please contact registration@nscn.ca

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

All Canadian documents (Statement from Employer, licensure verifications) expire six months from the date they were completed with the exception of the English Language Proficiency Test, which expires 24 months from the date of the test.

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 after 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. 

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 NP licence
  5. Statement from Employer 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

All Canadian documents (Statement from Employer, licensure verifications) expire six months from the date they were completed with the exception of the English Language Proficiency Test, which expires 24 months from the date of the test.

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 after 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 two 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