NP Exams

Important Notice - CNPE Administration Affected by COVID-19 Pandemic: On March 24, 2020, NSCN received a notice from Yardstick Assessment Strategies (YAS) that the administration of the Canadian Nurse Practitioner Examination (CNPE) writing scheduled for May 6, 2020 has been affected by COVID-19. The Canadian RN regulators are working together with YAS to determine options and possible next steps. Information about next steps will be posted here as the information becomes available. Please contact us at registration@nscn.ca if you have any questions regarding conditional licensure until the testing network is open and you are able to take the exam. 

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. To apply for the May 6, 2020 administration:

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