Conditional Registration & Licensure

Welcome to the nursing profession in Nova Scotia. You will be eligible to receive LPN, RN or NP conditional registration and licensure while you wait to write the national exam once you have applied and met all registration and licensure requirement. 

This webpage is for you if you graduated from a practical nurse, baccalaureate or NP program in or outside Canada and you are not licensed anywhere else in Canada. If you have already passed the Canadian national exam and are already licensed with a regulatory body in Canada, please click here

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.

How to Apply for LPN Conditional Registration and Licensure: 

Unless you have already submitted the following, please submit these documents and fees 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 Registration Form from the regulatory body where you took your PN program. This form confirm that you have met all PN program requirements and are eligible for registration once you pass the national exam. 
  6. Complete an English Language Proficiency Test, if applicable.

You must also pass the LPN Jurisprudence Exam.

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

What happens once I submit my documents?

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

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

  1. Pass the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Exam

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 Conditional Registration and Licensure: 

Unless you have already submitted the following, 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 (Canadian graduates only)
    2. NCLEX-RN® Examination
    3. RN Jurisprudence Examination
  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. NSCN requires confirmation from the regulatory body where you completed your RN program that you met all RN program requirements and are eligible for registration once you pass the national exam. 
  4. Verification form from every jurisdiction where you have held or currently hold a licence/registration (nursing and other regulated professions).
  5. Statement from Employer for Initial RN Licence Form from each of the employers you have had in the past 12 months if you have worked with a licence in another province or territory.
  6. Original Canadian and International Criminal Record Check (if applicable). 
  7. Complete an English Language Proficiency Test, if applicable.

You must also pass the RN Jurisprudence Exam.

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

What happens once I submit 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. 

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

You must: 

  1. Pass the NCLEX-RN® Exam 

Expiry of Your Application

For Canadian graduates: your application will expire and close if your application documents are more than 6 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. 

For internationally educated nurse applicants: all international documents expire 24 months after they were completed with two exceptions:

  1. English language proficiency test, which expires 24 months from the date of the test;
  2. information from your school of nursing, which does not expire.

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 both NNAS and NSCN, including paying fees to both. Note: your application will be measured against the regulatory requirements at the time your re-apply.

Please submit the following documents and fees to apply: 

  1. Initial Registration Assessment Application 
  2. 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.

You must also pass the RN and NP Jurisprudence exams.

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

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. 

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

You must: 

  1. Obtain registration and a licence to practice nursing as an RN in Nova Scotia
  2. Pass the applicable NP exam 

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.