A CRNPEI registration certificate is required in order to begin orientation and work as a Registered Nurse, Graduate Nurse or Nurse Practitioner in PEI.
Choose below the applicable application category to apply.
In order to become registered to practise as a registered nurse in Prince Edward Island, graduates must meet the initial registration requirements which include passing the National Council Licensure Examination for RNs (NCLEX-RN). The NCLEX-RN is administered by Pearson VUE, an international testing company. A graduate must apply using the process described below and pay the applicable fees.
CRNPEI will issue a registration certificate to practice as a graduate nurse upon confirmation of program completion and notification that the NCLEX-RN is scheduled. A registration certificate is required in order to begin orientation and work as a graduate nurse. A fee is required prior to certificate issue. Once you have successfully completed (passed) the NCLEX-RN, in order to begin working within the RN scope of practice and to use the designation of RN, you must obtain a RN registration certificate.
Application for Registration with CRNPEI and Taking the NCLEX-RN Exam
Step 1: Complete the CRNPEI online Application for Registration - PEI Graduates** 1st time applicants only **
Graduates of other Canadian Provinces complete the following application: New Graduates of Canadian Nursing Programs outside of PEI
Step 2: Submit proof of legal name by email (email@example.com) or fax (902 628 1430): copy of birth certificate and copy of marriage certificate (if applicable); copy of government-issued identification with your photo on it (such as a copy of your passport photo page or your driver's license.)
Step 3: Submit a criminal record check (original copy) that includes a vulnerable sector check. The criminal record check must be issued within one month prior to submission. You can submit the criminal record check by mail or you can bring it to the office.
Step 4: Apply to Pearson VUE to take NCLEX. Register and create a web account with Pearson VUE at www.pearsonvue.com and pay the exam fee. CRNPEI advises Pearson VUE of a graduate’s eligibility to take the NCLEX upon confirmation of program completion from the Dean of the school of nursing. You will be able to schedule an appointment with Pearson VUE to take the exam after receipt of the authorization to test (ATT) from Pearson VUE. NCLEX results will be emailed to all candidates typically 2-3 days after taking the exam. The NCLEX will be offered in Charlottetown: May 29-June 4, 2019. The NCLEX is available at other writing centers outside of the province on an ongoing basis.
Testing Accommodation - In order to receive instructions on how to proceed with a request for testing accommodation, CRNPEI must be contacted at least one month prior to taking the NCLEX. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange this.
If you were previously registered as an RN in PEI within the last 3 years, you can apply for reinstatement of your registration, using the Reinstatement form.
If you were previously registered as an RN in PEI beyond the last 3 years, you must complete a new application for registration.
Registration Application Form if you are a graduate of the Nurse Practitioner Program at UPEI.
Registration Application Form if you are a graduate of a Nurse Practitioner Program outside PEI.
If you were previously registered as a Nurse Practitioner in PEI within the last 3 years, you can apply for reinstatement of your registration, using the Reinstatement application form.
If you were previously registered as a Nurse Practitioner in PEI beyond the last 3 years, you must complete a new application for registration - UPEI grad, if educated at UPEI; or a new application for registration.
Registration application form for a Registered Nurse coming to PEI for a short period or a special purpose and is registered in another Canadian province or territory as their home jurisdiction.
Registration application form for a Nurse Practitioner coming to PEI for a short period or a special purpose and is registered in another Canadian province or territory as their home jurisdiction.
The College of Registered Nurses of Prince Edward Island (CRNPEI) would like to offer a warm welcome to all internationally educated nurses (IENs) who are considering living and working in Prince Edward Island. Our team is here to support you through the application process for registration and licensure, to ensure that process is as seamless and efficient as possible.There are a number of steps in the application process and it is important to take your time and be thorough to ensure you have completed everything, as we cannot make a decision on your application until we receive all required documents. Remember we are just an email or phone call (902 368 3764 or toll free 1 844 843 3933) away if you need help.
Nursing in PEI
Types of Nurses in Prince Edward Island
There are three categories of nurses in Prince Edward Island: licensed practical nurses (LPNs), registered nurses (RNs), and nurse practitioners (NPs). Provincial law protects the title ‘nurse’, and only those registered and licensed in one of these three categories can call themselves a ‘nurse’ and use the designation of ‘LPN’, ‘RN’, or ‘NP’. The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Prince Edward Island regulates the practice of LPNs, while The College of Registered Nurses of Prince Edward Island (CRNPEI), regulates the practice of RNs and NPs.
While the overall goal of nursing is to promote optimum health and prevent illness, the roles and responsibilities of RNs and NPs differ. These differences are based on provincial law as well as individual nurses’ initial and ongoing education, experience, and professional development. In their work settings, nurses practice together and with other healthcare providers to ensure quality care. In some situations the roles and responsibilities of nurses may overlap. More information about the scope of practice of RNs and NPs can be found in the PEI Registered Nurses Regulations, as well as at these links:
For information about the key differences between RNs and LPNs in clinical practice in PEI, please refer to the following document, Comparison of Practice Expectations: Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses.
Nursing Jobs in PEI
Currently there are jobs available in PEI for RNs and NPs. Please visit the PEI Government website, Department of Recruitment and Retention for further information about living and working in PEI.
Why register with CRNPEI?
To practice as an RN or NP in PEI, you must be registered and licensed by CRNPEI. Please note that if you wish to move to another province in Canada, you must apply to the licensing authority in that province before being permitted to work there. Here is a list of the licensing bodies for registered nurses in Canada. The steps are outlined in the next tab for internationally educated nurses who wish to become RNs in our province. Again, welcome to our website and we look forward to assisting you with the process of becoming registered and licensed to work in Prince Edward Island.
Factors That Can Delay the Process:
- graduation from a nursing or practical nursing program that doesn’t meet entry-to-practice competencies
- lack of evidence the applicant has practised nursing or graduated from a nursing program within the past five years
- lack of evidence the candidate demonstrates language proficiency in English
- unsuccessful completion of the national registration exam
- failure to produce other documents requested by CRNPEI in a timely manner