RN Initial Application

  • All registered nurses who are currently registered elsewhere in Canada and who wish to register with the RNANT/NU for the first time, and;
  • Canadian nurse graduates who wish to register with the RNANT/NU for the first time
  • Create an account on the Applicant Portal
  • Check your email for a temporary password for your first log in
  • Once signed in, click on Start New Application.  You will be prompted to complete information like places of work, current registrations, etc
  • Upload your a copy of valid government issued photo ID. The ID must be in colour, and include photo, signature, and expiry date
  • If you have had a legal name change, please submit a legal name change form
  • Pay processing fee – $65.63

Check your Applicant Portal on a regular basis to view what documents are required and/or outstanding

  • Valid government issued photo ID
  • Verification of Registration is required from all jurisdictions in which you are current or were formerly registered
  • Form A1 Employer Reference is required from each of your 2 most recent employers.  If you were employed by only one employer for the last 5 years or more, we require a reference from only that one employer. Forms must be sent directly by the employer to RNANT/NU
  • Form A2 Evidence of Practice Hours is required from all employers in the past 5 years. Please ensure you worked a minimum of 300 hours with the employer reference. Forms must be sent directly by the employer to RNANT/NU
  • Form B Colleague Reference Form is required if you have less than five years work experience as an RN and/or have only had one employer, or if you have only been self-employed as an RN. The form must be sent directly from the referee to RNANT/NU
  • Information Sharing Consent Form – this form is used to grant permission to provide updates on an applicant’s registration status to their NT and/or NU employer.  The form is recommended but optional.

Upon application to RNANT/NU for registration, all applicants must demonstrate proficiency in the English language by meeting one of the following requirements:

  • Graduation from an approved Canadian nursing program where theory and clinical instruction was in English (on-line or distance education programs are not acceptable for evidence of fluency; or
  • Employer English proficiency reference showing evidence of safe practice and where the primary language, practice setting, and services are in an English-speaking and writing environment for the previous two years as a Registered Nurse in Canada – Form D Employer Confirmation of English Language Proficiency
  • Applicant met the English language proficiency test requirement at the time of registration with another Canadian jurisdiction and has continued to work in an English-speaking and writing environment since that time; or
  • Demonstration of English language competence through successful completion of one of the following tests of English within the last 2 years:

    Canadian English Language Benchmark Assessment for Nurses (CELBAN)
    International English Language System (IELTS) Academic Version.  The online version of IELTS is not accepted

The following requirements are for graduates who have completed their NCLEX-RN.  For those who wish to work but have not yet written their exam, a new graduate application is required.

  • Evidence of successfully passing an entry-to-practice exam accepted by RNANT/NU is required
  • Transcript Request Form
  • Recommendation Form – Graduate Nurse is required, if not previously provided for a Temporary Certificate. The form must be submitted directly to RNANT/NU by the licensing body of the education institution where an applicant completed their education program
  • Form C Instructor Reference Form – this form is to be completed and submitted by a nursing faculty member from the applicant’s school of nursing and must be sent directly to RNANT/NU from the referee
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