How to Apply for Registration and Licensure
Please submit the following documents and fees to apply:
Note: NP Applicants are required to hold a current RN licence with NSCN
- Photocopy of two proof of name documents such as:
- Birth certificate
- 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)
Note: if your name has changed, we 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 or faxed copies.
- If you hold a nursing license in another designation anywhere but Nova Scotia, please let us know in your application. NSCN will complete an online Verification of Registration with the regulatory body as long as it is available. If there is disciplinary or conduct history found we will ask you to provide a Registration/Licensure Verification form from the regulatory body.
- Original criminal record check, unless you are currently registered with NSCN in another designation.
Additional Requirement: We cannot process your application until we receive official confirmation directly from your school of nursing that you have all the met the requirements of your nursing program and are eligible to graduate.
What happens once I submit my documents?
Once we receive all of your application documents, it may take up to five business days to process your application. You will receive an email when your application is approved. The email will also have information about how to pay for registration and licensure. Click here for information about your licensure fees.
What else do I need to do to become registered and licensed?
- Pass the applicable registration exam:
- LPN: Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Exam
- RN: NCLEX-RN® Exam
- NP: the applicable NP exam for the client population you studied in your NP program
Can I work while I wait to complete this process?
You will need to hold a licence with us before you start any employment, including orientation. While you are preparing for the registration exam, you may be eligible for conditional licence. For more information about this form of licensure, click here.
What else might I need to know to provide safe, ethical and competent nursing services in Nova Scotia?
We encourage you to review the jurisprudence information for your specific designation available here.
Expiry of your Application
All Canadian application documents expire six months from the date they were completed, with the exception of your program completion from the school of nursing.
Your application will expire and be closed 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 email@example.com. 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.