Nurse Practitioner

This section applies to you if you are currently a student/graduate of an approved NL or other Canadian nurse practitioner education program and/or are currently registered/licenced as an NP in another Canadian jurisdiction (province/territory).

Categories of Practice

In Newfoundland and Labrador, nurse practitioners (NPs) are licensed in one of three categories of practice:

  • Family/All-Ages
  • Adult
  • Pediatric

For information on the process to change your category of practice see Fact Sheet NP Change of Category.

Overview of Registration Process

Note: All applicants must have established registration as a registered nurse with the College before commencing the application process for nurse practitioner licensure.

1. Complete application for initial NP licensure including application fee. The application consists of five parts:

  • Complete Part I of the application and submit it to the College.
  • Forward Part II of the application to the school of nursing where the nurse practitioner educational program was completed.  NOTE: Graduates of an NL nurse practitioner education program and NPs already licensed in another Canadian jurisdiction are not required to complete this form.
  • Forward Part III of the application to the authority who granted nurse practitioner registration/licensure if registered/licensed as a nurse practitioner in another jurisdiction.
  • Forward Part IV of the application to Human Resources or the manager at your current/most recent place of NP employment (if applicable). References include all NP employers within the last three years starting with the most recent employer. NOTE: An employer reference is not required if applicant is a new graduate of an NP education program and has never been employed as an NP.
  • Complete Part V – Payment of Application Processing Fee.

2. Complete the following:

  • A prescribing Controlled Drugs and Substance (CDSA) course approved by the College. Certificate must be submitted with your application.
  • The Tamper Resistant Prescription Pad Program (TRPPP), Department of Health and Community Services, Government of NL.

For approved education courses and information regarding TRPPP, contact [email protected].

3. The College will notify you by email that your application for NP licensure has been approved and direct you to apply for licensure.

Sections 4-6 apply to new NP graduates only

4. New graduates of a Nurse Practitioner Education program are required to successfully complete an NP licensure exam based on their education, specific to the following categories of practice. Refer to Nurse Practitioner Examinations for more information on the exam application process.

5. If applicable – Apply for Interim NP licence – An interim licence authorizes graduates of an NP educational program to practice in an NP position and establish their role while waiting to write, receive the results of the applicable licensure exam and pending finalizing full NP licensure. 

Interim NP Practice

Interim NP Licence holders must adhere to College regulatory documents and relevant legislation that govern NP practice, including but not limited to the authority to prescribe medications or to complete client care processes (e.g., Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, Nurse Practitioners (NPs) Prescribing Methadone for Opioid DependenceNurse Practitioners (NPs) Prescribing Methadone for AnalgesiaNurse Practitioners Providing Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) (2018))

Practice Conditions

Prior to the issuance of an Interim NP Licence the applicant must validate to the College that: 

  • they a collaborative arrangement with a licensed NP or physician who is also employed by or has privileges within the RHA or another agency that the RN will be employed;
  • the licenced NP or physician is available to provide an accessible resource (i.e., in person, by phone, or other telecommunication method (i.e., telehealth video connection)) where the Interim NP Licence holder identifies a client’s care is outside their competence; and
  • the employer confirms understanding of the NP collaborative arrangement. 

The above information must be provided using the CRNNL approved form.

Title 

The applicant who has been issued an interim licence to practise as a nurse practitioner is required to use the title Interim Nurse Practitioner Licence (Interim NP Licence). 

  1. Successfully pass an NP examination.
  2. Apply for initial NP licensure through MyCRNNL.

Registrants who practice without a valid NP interim licence or NP practicing licence will be subject to an Unauthorized Practice Fee 100/shift worked with no maximum) 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].