Initial nurse practitioner applicants
How to apply
- Ensure you are currently registered as an RN in Alberta. If you are registered in another Canadian province or territory, and have completed a recognized NP program, see the registration requirements for initial RN registration with CARNA.
- Complete and forward the confirmation of program completion form to the educational institution where you completed your program.
- After we have received and reviewed your program completion form, we will set up the graduate nurse practitioner (GNP) application in MyCARNA as well as the appropriate exam application and email you detailed instructions.
- While waiting to complete eligibility requirements, NP graduates may submit an application for a GNP permit so that they may practice as a GNP.
- Pass the NP exam for the stream of practice you are applying for (view available exams).
- Complete and forward the nurse practitioner transcript request form to the educational institution where you completed your program.
- If you have practised as a GNP and it has been more than six months since your program completion date, arrange to have a physician or NP colleague who has observed your practice forward the practice reference request form and employer reference form to CARNA.
- All members are required to participate in CARNA’s Continuing Competence Program (CCP) by completing a CCP record for renewal each year.
- Sign in to MyCARNA, complete the NP permit application, and submit the registration fee.
What to expect after you've applied
We will email you when:
- Your application has been received.
- If your application is incomplete.
- Once your registration and permit is approved. Note you may only practise in Alberta once you've received this notification.
How to monitor the status of your application
Your status will be updated once we start reviewing your application. However, although a document may have been received, it may not be reviewed.
We try our best to process applications in a timely manner as we know it's important to you. We ask for your patience as we receive thousands of applications.