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Jurisprudence Examination

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.

Since the Jurisprudence exam is written online and can be done remotely, applicants will still be able to access and write it during the COVID-19 pandemic. If this information changes, we will post an update to this page.

All applicants wishing to register in the General, Temporary, or Special Assignment classes must successfully pass the Registered Nurse/Registered Practical Nurse Jurisprudence Examination.

Applicants wishing to register as Nurse Practitioners must pass the Registered Nurse (Extended Class) Jurisprudence Examination.

The Jurisprudence Examination is not part of annual renewal, and current members will not be required to take the exam unless they are applying to change their category or class. (For example, if a nurse in the General Class applies to join the Extended Class, or if an RPN member applies to become an RN member.)

The examination is completed online through a secure website that can only be accessed by applicants to the College. Examination results are valid for five years. 

It’s important to note that the jurisprudence exam is the same when applying to become an RN or an RPN. Therefore, if a current RPN member wants to become a RN member (or vice versa) they will not have to write the exam unless they:

  1. have never written it previously, or
  2. previously wrote it more than five years ago


The jurisprudence examination assesses the applicant’s knowledge and understanding of the nursing profession in Ontario in terms of:

  • Nursing regulation
  • Scope of practice
  • Professional responsibility and accountability
  • Ethical practice
  • The nurse-client relationship

Laws, regulations, and standards of practice unique to NP practice in Ontario are also assessed in the RN(EC) Jurisprudence Examination.

Types of Questions

Both the RN/RPN Jurisprudence Examination and RN(EC) Jurisprudence Examination consist of multiple-choice questions designed to assess an applicant’s competencies at three different levels of cognitive ability:

  • Knowledge and comprehension (the ability to recall and understand relevant content)
  • Application (the ability to apply knowledge and comprehension in a straightforward situation)
  • Critical thinking (the ability to apply knowledge and comprehension in complex situations through analytical problem solving)

The College has developed a sample of the types of questions you can expect to see on the jurisprudence examination. 

Taking the Test

The jurisprudence examinations are completed online and accessed by the applicant through a secure website. Once applicants have submitted their application form and fee, they will receive information about how to access the website.

The RN/RPN Jurisprudence Examination consists of 150 multiple-choice questions. Applicants will have 3 hours and 15 minutes to write the examination.

The RN(EC) Jurisprudence Examination consists of 175 multiple-choice questions. Applicants will have 3 hours and 45 minutes to write the examination.

The jurisprudence examinations are “open-book” exams, which means that applicants can access and use paper, electronic, or online resources (e.g., laws, regulations, the College’s practice standards) while writing the examination. However, since there is a time limit and a wide range of material covered, it is strongly recommended that applicants do a thorough review of the recommended study material before taking the examination. 

The examination is intended to be written by individuals working on their own. It cannot be written together with other applicants.

Examination Fee

There is a fee of $40 (CDN), plus applicable taxes, to write the jurisprudence examination. Applicants can pay the fee through the examination website. Applicants can write the examination as many times as they need to in order to pass; however, a $40 fee applies to each attempt to take the exam.

As soon as the applicant pays the fee, the jurisprudence examination will begin. Applicants do not have the option of paying the fee and then writing the examination at a later time.

Review Frequently Asked Questions: Jurisprudence Examination for answers to questions about exam eligibility, exam preparation and writing the exam. 


Page last reviewed April 01, 2020