NP Exams

As part of the process to become licenced as an NP in Nova Scotia, you must successfully complete one of the following NP exams based on the stream of practice you’re becoming licenced in: family, adult or pediatric.

Apply for the Family/All Ages NP Exam

The Family/All Ages Exam determines whether an NP demonstrates the competencies necessary for safe and ethical practice as a family/all ages NP in Nova Scotia. The exam is a four hours and includes 190-220 multiple choice questions. 

Apply for the Pediatrics Primary Care NP Exam

The Pediatrics Primary Cape NP Exam determines whether an NP candidate demonstrates the competencies necessary for safe and ethical practice as a pediatric NP in Nova Scotia. The exam is a three hour and includes 175 multiple choice question exam. 

Apply for the Adult/Gerontology Primary Care NP Exam

The Adult/Gerontology Primary Care NP Exam determines whether an NP candidate demonstrates the competencies necessary for safe and ethical practice as an adult/gerontology NP in Nova Scotia. The exam is a three hour and includes 150 multiple choice question exam. 

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

Important Notice

The Canadian Nurse Practitioner Exam (CNPE) will now be offered through secure Online Proctoring for Nova Scotia nurse practitioner exam candidates. Information about next steps will be posted here as information becomes available. Please contact us at registration@nscn.ca if you have any questions.

Due to current test centre closures related to the COVID-19 pandemic, NSCN in partnership with Yardstick Assessment Strategies is pleased to announce that the CNPE will be administered on October 14 2020 using secure online proctoring in our jurisdiction.

Moving the CNPE to an online proctoring environment will help ensure that practical nursing candidates have access to their licensing exam despite test centre closures and social distancing guidelines. Given the rapid evolution on online proctoring technologies and methodologies, we are satisfied that this administration modality presents a secure and reliable administration option for the CNPE.

We have worked in close partnership with Yardstick for several decades to develop and deliver the CNPE and look forward to implementing this solution during these challenging times.

About Yardstick Strategies: Yardstick ensures that professionals are qualified and ready to serve to the public. Their team uses a combination of technology, psychometric best practice, and evidence-based research to assess the knowledge and abilities of millions of candidates around the world.