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 Licence

2. Application fee 

3. Photocopy of two proof of name documents such as:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Passport
  • Nexus Card
  • Canadian Military ID 
  • Driver's License or Learner's Permit
  • Canadian government-issued ID card (federal/provincial/ territorial)
  • Permanent resident (PR) card
  • Citizenship card (Canadian or international)
  • Immigration card (Canadian or international)

Note: if your name has changed, NSCN may require proof of name change documents (e.g., marriage certificate). You must submit these documents to us directly either through the mail or email. We will not accept unclear and/or faxed copies.

4. Original Canadian and International Criminal Record Check

5. Registration/Licensure Verification form from the last province/territory/state/country where you held or currently hold nursing registration/licensure *.

6. Complete an English Language Proficiency Test, if applicable.

*You must inform NSCN of all provinces/territories/states/countries where you held registration/licensure in the past or where you currently hold registration/licensure. This includes both nursing and non-nursing regulated professions (e.g., social worker, physiotherapist, etc.). 

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: 

2. Photocopy of two proof of name documents such as:

  • Birth certificate
  • Passport
  • Nexus Card
  • Canadian Military ID
  • Driver’s licence or learners permit
  • Canadian government-issued ID card (federal/provincial/ territorial)
  • Permanent resident (PR) card
  • Citizenship card (Canadian or international)
  • Immigration card (Canadian or international)

3. Original Canadian and International Criminal Record Check

4. Registration/Licensure Verification form from the last province/territory/state/country where you held or currently hold nursing registration/licensure*.

5. Complete an English Language Proficiency Test, if applicable.

*You must inform NSCN of all provinces/territories/states/countries where you held registration/licensure in the past or where you currently hold registration/licensure. This includes both nursing and non-nursing regulated professions (e.g., social worker, physiotherapist, etc.). 

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 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. 

If you plan to provide virtual services to clients while living outside of Nova Scotia, please refer to NSCN’s Telenursing Guideline, specifically the section on page two regarding Provision of Publicly Funded Virtual Health Services. If you have questions about your requirement to reside in Nova Scotia, please contact Medical Services Insurance (MSI) at msiproviders@medavie.bluecross.ca or 902-496-7011.

How to apply for NP Registration and Licensure:

To become an NP in Nova Scotia, you must first become registered and licensed as an RN. See the RN application process above Please contact NSCN if you wish to apply as an NP at registration@nscn.ca.

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 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, please reach out to us at registration@nscn.ca. We strive to respond to you as soon as possible. However, due to the high volumes of emails and complexity of inquiries, our response time may vary.  

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