Internationally Educated Nurse (IEN)

This section applies to you if you are a graduate of a nursing education program outside of Canada and are not currently registered/licensed to practise in another Canadian jurisdiction (province/territory).  

NOTE: All IENs who want to register with the College must first apply directly through National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS), a national online application service developed by nursing regulatory bodies across Canada. More information on NNAS including a detailed list of Frequently Asked Questions can be found on the NNAS website.

Registration Process (see image)

  1. Submit the application and fee to the National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS).
  2. Receive confirmation from NNAS that the Advisory Report has been completed.
  3. Complete the Provisional Registration Application in MyCRNNL including submission of application fee ($373.75 includes HST). Application fee will not be refunded once the fee has been processed by the College.
  4. Submit a Certificate of Conduct.
  5. English Language Proficiency (ELP)
    Applicants must review the ELP Fact Sheet to determine if they are required to submit a test to demonstrate proficiency. If a test is required, official results must be received before the application review process can begin.
  6. The College will notify you if any documents must be updated, including; Verification of registration and/or Statement from Current/Most Recent Employer(s) and Statement of Practice Hours.
  7. Application review. Decision of the review will be communicated to you by email. Outcomes may include requirement to:
    • complete a Competency-Based Assessment (CBA)(see below for more information on CBA process) where an applicant’s education program outcome is “not” or “somewhat” comparable to a Canadian BN program; and
    • to complete specified IEN Bridging education as identified through the CBA; OR
    • complete the full Bridging education program where an applicant opts to be referred directly to the full Bridging program without undergoing a CBA.
  8. Provisional Registration granted.
  9. Receive notification of NCLEX-RN® examination eligibility from the College.
  10. Register and pay for the NCLEX-RN® examination with National Council State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN).
  11. Successfully pass NCLEX-RN®.
  12. Apply for initial licensure or membership through MyCRNNL.

Provisional registration is governed by the RN Regulations and means you have submitted an application for provisional registration to the College and met all the requirements for registration with the exception of successful completion of the registered nurse examination or receipt of a satisfactory professional reference.

Provisional registration may be granted for up to three years.  You will be notified by email when provisional registration has been granted.

Provisional registration alone does not permit you to practice nursing. You must hold an interim licence or annual licence to practice nursing in NL.

Provisional Registrants who practice without a valid interim licence will be subject to an Unauthorized Practice ($100/shift worked with a maximum fee of three times the regular licensure cost) and subject to discipline where the period of practice exceeds 3 shifts from and including the 1st shift.

Interim licences may be issued to IENs who have been granted provisional registration. To obtain an interim licence to practise nursing in Newfoundland and Labrador, you must submit the following:

  1. Application for Interim Licence with fee.
    Note: Contact the College regarding the process to apply for an interim license.
  2. Proof of legal name change (if changed since submitted provisional registration application)

In addition, the following must be on file with the College:

The College will notify you if any documents must be updated prior to issuing the interim licence, including verification of registration(s) and/or statement from current/most recent employer(s).

Once the interim licence has been issued you will receive an electronic receipt confirming your interim licence has been issued and your name will display to the College’s Member Search. An interim licence is required before commencing employment, which includes orientation.

IENs who practice without a valid interim license will be subject to an Unauthorized Practice Fee ($100/shift worked with a maximum fee of three times the regular licensure cost) and subject to discipline where the period of practice exceeds 3 shifts from and including the 1st shift.

For further information, please call 709-753-6040 or email [email protected].

Online Learning Modules Available
The following modules, available through the Continuing Nursing Education Portal, were developed by the Department of Health and Community Services, made possible through a financial contribution by Health Canada under the Internationally Educated Health Professionals Initiative. The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of the College.

  • Medication Administration
  • Jurisprudence: The Legislation and rules governing the practice of nursing in Newfoundland & Labrador – RN
  • Appreciating Diversity in the Workplace
  • Canadian Health Care System
  • Communications in Nursing
  • Cultural Awareness and Responsiveness
  • Mentorship: Nurses Mentoring Nurses 
  • Nursing Process: A Framework for Nursing Care

Applicants should check the College website for updated documents referenced in the modules above.