How to Become a Registered Nurse in Canada

Canada divides all nurses into Registered Nurses (RNs) and Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs). Both categories have subcategories regulated by provincial authorities, like emergency assignment and non-practicing nurses. For instance, the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) is the regulating and governing authority for nursing in Ontario.

Returning to the topic of RNs, here’s how you can be one in Canada and how ModernTech can help.

Get a Bachelor’s Degree

Except in Quebec, it’s a general rule for aspiring nurses in all provinces to have post-secondary education, otherwise known as a bachelor’s in the relevant profession.

RNs with a post-secondary background are generally regarded as following safety procedures and cost-effective strategies, providing quality care, and complying with all ethical considerations.

Therefore, you must have at least a bachelor’s degree to qualify for a job as a Canadian RN.

Apply with the Regulating Authority

The regulating authority for every province oversees everything related to the nursing profession, including nursing candidates applying for the NCLEX exam. You can only apply and qualify for the exam directly with the regulating authority.

For instance, aspiring nurses in Ontario can only apply with the CNO, who will perform a review and allow them to take the exam after they deem them eligible for the registration exam.

A Registered Nurse Standing by a Wall with an Emergency Sign Painted in Red

Pass the Jurisprudence Exam

Before becoming an RN, every nursing student must pass a jurisprudence exam, which the CNO also regulates. The test assesses the non-medical side of things related to the nursing profession, particularly:

  • The general rules and laws.
  • The nursing by-laws of the provincial regulator.
  • Standard practices and guidelines.

Other Requirements

You’ll be an RN once you receive your General Class certificate from the CNO. To qualify for this certificate, you must have the following:

  • Proof that you’ve completed the relevant nursing program.
  • Recent proof showing safe nursing practices.
  • Exam results
  • Speak and write fluent English.
  • Meet the eligibility criteria for registration.
  • Proof of Canadian citizenship or a permit to practice nursing in Canada.

Visit ModernTech Nursing Review Center in Ontario for More

Depending on your case, you might have to meet taller or shorter eligibility criteria. Find help navigating your way to becoming a Registered Nurse in Ontario with ModernTech. Join our NCLEX review course to see what the Canadian registered nurse exam looks like for foreign nurses, among other things.

Get in touch with Priya Basil for further assistance.