Along with other registration requirements, most applicants registering with the College of Nurses of Ontario must successfully complete two examinations: a registration examination and a jurisprudence examination. The registration exam tests for knowledge, skill and judgment nurses need at the beginning of their careers in Ontario. The jurisprudence exam tests knowledge of nursing and health care legislation in Ontario. These tests help ensure that all new nurses in Ontario are safe to practice.
Registration examinations assess whether applicants have the nursing knowledge, skills and judgment required to practice safely at the beginning of their careers in Ontario. See individual exam pages
for information on how many times you are permitted to take each exam:
If you are applying to become a Registered Nurse in the General Class, you will write the NCLEX-RN. Or, you may have written the Quebec Professional Examination, Canadian Registered Nurse Examination or other Council-approved exam that meets the registration exam requirement.
If you are applying to become a Registered Practical Nurse in the General Class, you will write the CPNRE.
Applicants to the Extended Class must write the examination appropriate for the specialty certificate (Adult, Paediatric, Primary Health Care) for which they have applied.
The College’s jurisprudence examination assesses an applicant’s knowledge and understanding of the laws, regulations, by-laws, practice standards and guidelines that govern the nursing profession in Ontario. It is a computer-based examination that can be completed by the applicant at any time.
Applicants for registration as an RN or RPN in the General, Temporary or Special Assignment Classes must pass the Registered Nurse/Registered Practical Nurse Jurisprudence Examination before they can be registered.
Those applying to become Nurse Practitioners must pass the Registered Nurse (Extended Class) Jurisprudence Examination before they can be registered.
“I'm going to write an exam soon as part of my application. Can you recommend a preparation course that can help me write it?”
To maintain the integrity of the exam, the College of Nurses of Ontario does not participate in developing preparatory courses. Courses offered by third-party vendors are not associated with nor endorsed by the College.