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3G* I am still little confused about this NNAS assessment

Updated 2021

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Hey Kim,

I am still little confused about this NNAS assessment . My doubt is that if we are living in one province so can we submit our papers for evaluation to any other province or to which we belong. As, In Alberta regulatory bodies want the language scores first. Please clear my doubt.
Thanks for very useful information. Looking forward to hear back from you.

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When should I register with the [National Nursing Assessment Services]?

Updated 2023

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Dear Kim,

Thank you for letting us know about the national nurse assessment services. I want to be a nurse in Canada. When should I register with the NNAS?


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πŸ“±5 KEY POINTS about the National Nursing Assessment Services

Written in 2014. Updated 2023


  1. NNAS does not make decisions about an applicant’s eligibility for registration.
  2. NNAS conducts the initial review of an application.
  3. NNAS applies only to those applicants who were educated outside of Canada and have never been registered as a nurse in Canada.
  4. The registration requirements have not changed.
  5. NNAS only affects those who submit their applications after August 12, 2014.
  6. As of October 2022, NNAS no longer requires CELBAN or IELTS scores!

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4G* IMPORTANT NEWS: National Nursing Assessment Services (NNAS)

Updated 2021

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SEE: C. Understanding NNAS

Dear Friends,

Tomorrow, August 12 2014, is a much awaited date, for Internationally Educated Nurses. It is the start of a whole new approach to becoming registered in Canada for both LPNs/ RPNs and RNs with the dawning of the National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS). Announced in November, 2014, the NNAS is:

a non-profit organization comprised of the 22 member boards of all licensed practical nurse (LPN) (registered practical nurse in Ontario), registered nurse (RN), and registered psychiatric nurse (RPN) regulatory bodies in Canada, with the exception of Quebec and the Territories.

In this way you as IENs apply to one organization regardless of which province you live in, and whether you want to be an LPN/RPN, an RN, or a RPN.

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