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International Nurse Registration in Canada's Provinces July 2019

There is a uniformity in how the Nursing regulatory authorities in Canada - whether Colleges of Associations - require internationally educated nurses to apply for and be licensed in the province of intended practice. And Philippine NCLEX takers for Canada shows a higher passing rate,.

Crispin Aranda

International Nurse Registration in Canada's Provinces July 2019

Applying as an International Nurse in Canada’s provinces

For Filipino and other internationally educated nurses who have passed the NCLEX-RN exam, registration of licensure in Canada just made a giant leap for nursing-kind in 2011 when Canada adopted NCLEX as the first step towards practicing in Canada.

The NCLEX-RN® was adopted by Canadian regulators in 2011 as the test which entry-level nurses – both those in Canada or RNs from overseas - must meet or comply with in order to be certified to practice in the country.

In adopting the exam, the Canadian regulators considered two studies conducted by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN): (1) Determine the applicability of the NCLEX-RN® test plan to the Canadian testing population (NCSBN, 2014),and (2) the NCLEX-RN® providing "a fair, valid, and psychometrically sound measurement" of nursing competencies of entry-level RNs in Ontario, Canada (NCSBN, 2012 , p. 8). 

While NCLEX-RN is the entry level exam for all of Canada, an internationally educated nurse (IEN) must still meet certain requirements from the province of intended practice. 

Jurisprudence Examination.In addition to the registration exam, IENs must successfully complete a separate jurisprudence exam designed to evaluate her/his knowledge and understanding of the laws, regulations, and College by-laws, practice standards and guidelines that govern the nursing profession in the province.

Candidates and Passing Rates, US and Canada

In 2018, the National Council of State Boards of Nursing published the results of the NCLEX-RN in four quarters.

Candidates

Jan-March

Apr-June

July-Sept

Oct-Dec

Total

Total

3,405

3,982

4,256

5,133

16,796

Passed

1,400

1,799

1,919

2,387

7,505

Phil (Total)

1,877

2,444

2,492

3,105

9,918

Phil-Passed

782

1,199

1,215

1,534

4,730

 

 

 

 

 

 

CANADA

Jan-March

Apr-June

July-Sept

Oct-Dec

Total

Total

257

259

252

333

1,101

Passed

149

154

166

199

668

Phil-Total

61

74

87

106

328

Phil-Passed

45

52

66

75

239

 

While there is fewer NCLEX-RN takers in Canada, the percentage of those who passed was higher than the RN-takers in the U.S. – for all takers in 2018, the passing rate was 44.7%.  

RNs from the Philippines had a slightly higher passing rate percentage for 2018 – 47.7%.

On the other hand, Filipino RN takers of NCLEX-RN Canada showed a higher passing rate than the rest of candidates from other countries.  The overall pass rate was 60.7%.  Filipino RNs had a 72.9% passing rate.

Registration as an International Educated Nurse in Canada

As earlier stated, all IENs must pass the NCLEX-RN exam.  In addition, each province has specific requirements for an IEN to complete registration and subsequently practice the profession. There is no national registration/licensure process for nurses in Canada. Each province has its own regulatory body and assessment process.

The following steps apply to all IEN applicants seeking registration and practice as an RN in Canada. Certain specific requirements for a province is included.

Step 1:Apply to the National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS), pay the assessment fees. NNAS confirms your identity and evaluates your nursing education, qualification, licensure in the country of practice and English/language proficiency,

Step 2:Create an account & apply for registration after being advised of eligibility for assessment by the provincial regulatory authority. 

Step 3:Provincial registration body (School or College of Nursing) assesses your application.

Step 4:IEN is referred to the specific provincial service provider to evaluate competency to practice since evaluation of education alone is not sufficient. In British Columbia, the IEN is referred to the Nursing Community Assessment Service (NCAS). 

Practice hours:Regulatory authorities for RN in Canada usually require 1,125 nursing practice in the last 5 years or 450 hours in the most recent year of practice (e.g., Saskatchewan Alberta-and Nova Scotia). In lieu of the minimum practice hours, an IEN may provide evidence of having graduated from an approved nursing education program; or completed an approved nursing re-entry program. 

Restrictions.Manitoba has specific instructions for Philippine nurse applicants who wrote the June 2006 licensure examination in the Philippines. Said applicants must provide proof of having successfully completed the special voluntary examination, which was authorized by the Philippine Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Parts III (3) and V (5). Successful completionis the achievement of a score of 75% or better on these sections. If an applicant has not written the special voluntary examination or cannot provide proof of such, they may not be considered as an applicant for registration.

Step 5:Receive authorization/interim registration approval, interim registration or temporary class to practice until applicant successfully passes the RN exam.

Step 6:Schedule your exam appointment

Step 7:Receive your exam results

Step 8:Pay for practicing registration

Step 9:Confirm your registration status

Step 10 – Start your RN practice in Canada

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Crispin Aranda

Crispin Aranda

Crispin R. Aranda is an established International Visa Conselor and Immigrant Advocate. He is the president of IVC and is in several migration radio programs.

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