Become a Nurse

All Registered Nurses, Registered Practical Nurses and Nurse Practitioners practising within Ontario are members of the College of Nurses of Ontario.

Applying to become a nurse in Ontario is now an online process. For more information, read Applying to the College online.

Only members of the College are allowed to refer to themselves as nurses in Ontario. A valid certificate of registration from the College is required of all nurses who wish to practise nursing in Ontario and perform the procedures in the Controlled Acts that are authorized to nursing.

Applicants to the College can be divided into four groups:

Ontario applicants

For graduates of an Ontario nursing program.

Canadian applicants

For graduates of Canadian nursing programs outside Ontario or nurses registered elsewhere in Canada.

Nurse Practitioner applicants

For those wishing to enter the College's Extended Class.

International applicants

For nurses educated outside Canada who are not registered to practise nursing in any Canadian jurisdiction.

Page last reviewed September 16, 2019