Internationally Educated Nurses

Important Notice: National Nursing  Assessment Service

Effective August 12, 2014, all internationally educated nurses who want to register with the RPNAS must first apply directly through the National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS), a national online application service developed by the nursing regulatory bodies across Canada.

NNAS will be the mandatory first step for any internationally educated nurse (IEN) applicant who:

  • is a graduate of a nursing education program outside of Canada; and
  • is not currently registered to practice as a nurse any where within Canada as a Registered Nurse (RN), Licenced Practical Nurse (LPN), or Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN).

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The National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS) is a non-profit organization comprised of the 22 member boards of all licensed practical nurse (LPN), registered nurse (RN), and registered psychiatric nurse (RPN) regulatory bodies in Canada, with the exception of Quebec and the Territories.

Once all documents have been received and an assessment of international credentials is complete, applicants will be notified by the NNAS. Those applicants who wish to practice as an RPN in Saskatchewan may then apply to the Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association of Saskatchewan (RPNAS) to complete the assessment for eligibility.

What does this mean to international applicants?

One single point of contact for IEN applicants wishing to practice in any province in Canada (excluding Quebec) will streamline the online application process.  The centralized credential assessment process will allow applicants to:

  • Complete an application online and to pay for an initial assessment online
  • Send documents to one central location only
  • Access a 1-800 customer care telephone number with service in English or French
  • Track the status of applications online through the NNAS website

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