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CNO launches new format for Jurisprudence Exam

It provides increased accessibility and flexibility

The College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) protects the public through the promotion of safe nursing practice. As of July 17, all applicants seeking registration for the General, Special Assignment, Temporary, Reinstatement or Extended class are required to pass a new Jurisprudence Exam. The Emergency Class will require the new JE as of August.

The Jurisprudence Exam assesses applicants’ knowledge of their professional, legal and ethical accountabilities to ensure they are able to provide safe and competent nursing care in Ontario.

“The new Jurisprudence Exam is user friendly and provides applicants with increased accessibility and flexibility to complete this important registration requirement,” said Anne Marie Shin, CNO’s Director of Professional Practice and an RN. “Our new learning management system will help applicants engage with what they need to know to practice safely, and we look forward to supporting people throughout the process.”

The new exam format features an interactive “open book” e-learning module and a 50-question multiple-choice exam. The exam format means applicants may use other online or offline resources (e.g., laws, regulations, CNO’s practice standards) to support their answers during testing. The new exam is available online and can be completed virtually in either English or French through a secure website.

The learning modules review content on: nursing regulation, nursing scope of practice, professional responsibility and accountability, CNO practice standards, Quality Assurance and continuing competence.

The Jurisprudence Exam is available anytime and costs $40, plus applicable taxes, to write it. Applicants have unlimited attempts to pass the exam, and the successful completion is valid for five years if you are not fully registered.

For more details, please visit the Jurisprudence Examination section of the CNO website.

If you have any questions you can read our FAQ page.


Page last reviewed July 16, 2023