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Steps in the Registration Process

1. APPLY TO NNAS

All nurses whose nursing education occurred outside of Canada and are seeking initial registration to practice as a Registered Nurse in Prince Edward Island must first complete an online application to the National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS) at www.nnas.ca. Full details on all required documentation for NNAS can be found on their website. Any associated costs with the NNAS application process are paid for by the IEN.

2. SUBMIT DOCUMENTS TO NNAS

NNAS Advisory Report

The NNAS Advisory Report assesses your foundational nursing education and compares it to the entry level competencies as approved for Canadian nursing students in baccalaureate education. The NNAS report is used by CRNPEI to make decisions about your eligibility  to become registered.

3. COMPLETE ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

Your English Language proficiency is part of your NNAS application, you must prove that you can listen, speak, read, and write in English by providing evidence of having been educated in English or having worked in an English practice environment. If you are unable to prove that you have been educated in English or have demonstrated safe practice in English, you will be required to take language proficiency tests (provided by NNAS). Any costs associated with testing are the responsibility of the IEN.

4. IDENTIFY CRNPEI AS A JURISDICTION TO RECEIVE YOUR NNAS ADVISORY REPORT

CRNPEI only accepts official documents from NNAS. You must select CRNPEI as the jurisdiction to receive your NNAS report when completed. CRNPEI only accepts the NNAS report directly from NNAS. If you originally identified another jurisdiction to receive your report, you can have your report “ported” to CRNPEI by making a request to NNAS. 

5. APPLY FOR REGISTRATION WITH CRNPEI THROUGH THE APPLICANT PORTAL 

After CRNPEI receives your NNAS report, you can apply for registration through the Applicant Portal by selecting the Internationally Educated Nurse application.

6. PAY THE ASSOCIATED FEES

7. CRNPEI STAFF WILL CONTACT YOU

CRNPEI Staff will review your application and NNAS Advisory Report and contact you regarding any required documents or outstanding requirements. You may be recommended for further education, competency assessment or both. If you are recommended for a competency assessment or the RN Bridging program, you can find more information in the menu on the left.

8. IF YOU ARE APPLYING IN MULTIPLE JURISDICTIONS

If you have started your NNAS process and application with another jurisdiction, CRNPEI cannot transfer the application process from another jurisdiction — you have to begin a CRNPEI application and complete all the requirements. You have the choice to continue on with the jurisdiction you have started with and then apply to CRNPEI, or start an application with CRNPEI. Please Note** CRNPEI cannot pick up where you left off with the first jurisdiction. Your NNAS report must be valid at the time of application to CRNPEI.

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