If you are applying for registration in a jurisdiction outside Alberta, you will require verification of your registration with CARNA to submit to the regulatory body in the jurisdiction in which you are applying. Find out how to get this done.
New to nursing? Or just new to Alberta? Take your next step to becoming a registered nurse in Alberta. A registered nurse or nurse practitioner career in Alberta is filled with opportunity. We wish you well as you embark on the process to practise in Alberta.
Alberta welcomes nurses from other parts of Canada and the world. If you completed your nursing education outside of Canada, here's what you need to know to apply to practise in Alberta.
Nurse practitioners (NPs) are registered nurses who have undertaken graduate education and training in advanced clinical practice. Learn how becoming a nurse practitioner enhances your knowledge and skills as an RN.
Being registered provides you with a permit to practice and authorizes you to use the designation RN/NP. The RN/NP designation means you are a recognized professional and legally authorized to practice. It assures other health professionals and colleagues of your competence and reinforces public trust in our profession. Maintaining registration requirements helps ensure a continuing high standard of care.
All applicants are required to declare their first language and demonstrate proficiency in speaking, writing, listening, and reading English to a level sufficient to engage in safe, competent, ethical nursing care.
Before you can apply to practise in Alberta, you must have passed the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). Learn about exam requirements, how to apply, what to do if you need to withdraw from the exam, when exams are written, getting your results and more.