Requirements for Registration 

In order to become a registered nurse, applicants must meet the following requirements: 

  1. Submission of the required application form.
  2. Payment of all application (processing) and registration fees.
  3. Successful completion of a nursing program at an approved school of nursing in Canada or the equivalent.
  4. Proof of legal name (eg. certified copy of birth certificate, passport, marriage certificate).
  5. One of the following requirements must be met to prove current nursing knowledge and skills:
    1. graduating within the past 5 years;
    2. providing evidence of at least 1125 hours of practice in the previous five years;
    3. providing evidence of 450 hours of practice within the 6 months prior to application along with a reference from your employer (confirming your competence and recommending registration);
    4. completion of an approved refresher program;
    5. completion of continuing education in nursing or health care.
  6. Successful completion of the Jurisprudence module found under your “My Profile” account on the NANB website.
  7. Good Character, as demonstrated through:
    1. a current criminal record check through CSI screening. Log on to, follow the instructions to complete the Canadian Criminal Record Check (with or without eConsent), and indicate “NANB” as the company / employer. Criminal record checks are valid for 6 months from the date of issue. 
    2. A letter of good standing from every regulatory/licensing body where you have practised and/or been registered (each province, state, or country).
  8. Successful completion of the registration examination.