Nova Scotia Introducing 'First In Canada' Approach To Nurses' Registration

The Nova Scotia College of Nursing (NSCN) recently announced a "first in Canada" approach to registration and licensure for nurses holding a valid license in Canada in any Canadian territory and from seven countries. This new strategy will establish a predictable and expedient path to licensure in the province. In this article, we will examine what this new approach entails, its benefits, and its impact on Nova Scotia's healthcare system.

What is NSCN's New Approach to Registration and Licensure?

The NSCN's new approach to registration and licensure aims to simplify and streamline the licensing process for Nova Scotia nurses. The strategy will provide nurses with a clear and concise path to licensure, making it easier for them to navigate the registration process.

Under this new approach, registered nurses in good standing and of good character who hold valid licenses from the Philippines, India, Nigeria, the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, or a Canadian Province or Territory will be able to obtain registration and licensure in Nova Scotia without further waiting, apart from passing the registration exam.

When Will this Modification Take Effect?

March 29, 2023 - For eligible registered nurses holding a valid license in any Canadian province or territory 

May 1, 2023 - For registered nurses with valid licenses from the Philippines, India, Nigeria, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand. Nurses licensed in these jurisdictions can apply directly to NSCN for RN licensure, bypassing NNAS.

Eligibility Criteria

Have a license that is valid and in good standing with one of the places listed above.

How to Apply?

  • Fill out an NSCN (Nova Scotia College of Nursing) application.
  • Provide two forms of identification.
  • Arrange for your current regulatory body to submit Verification of Registration (VOR) directly to NSCN.
  • If required, submit evidence of English Language Proficiency.
  • Arrange for criminal record checks (CRC) to be submitted directly to NSCN for nurses from outside Canada.

If they have not already done so, all applicants must pass the NCLEX-RN; however, they may be eligible to practice with a conditional license (CL) while attempting the exam.


Fees are currently evaluatedAnyone who has already started an application should get an update on its status within the next three to four weeks.

The NCSN's new "first in Canada" approach to registration and licensing is an exciting development for the nursing community. This strategy promises to make the licensing procedure more effective, predictable and expedient than ever before. In the coming weeks, more process-specific content will be added to the website, so stay up to date.

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