International Educated Nurses
Internationally Educated Nurses: Applying for Registration
IMPORTANT: To work or accept employment in Alberta, Canada, Licensed Practical Nurses must have registration and a valid Practice Permit from the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA), as per the Health Professions Act (HPA) of Alberta.
Starting August 12, 2014, all internationally educated nurses (IENs) who wish to work as a Licensed Practical Nurse in Alberta must FIRST apply to the National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS).
Any applications that CLPNA receives from IENs on or after August 12, 2014 will be returned to applicants with instructions on how to apply through NNAS.
Applying to NNAS is for any internationally educated nurse (IEN) applicant who:
If you do not meet the above criteria, see “If you are not eligible to apply through NNAS”
Already applied? Applicants who have already submitted their IEN Application for Registration and paid the required fee to CLPNA on or before August 11, 2014 will be assessed under our former process and will not be required to reapply through NNAS.
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Frequently Asked Questions
For more about application timelines, English language requirements, the CPNRE, and Criminal Record Checks, please read our Frequently Asked Questions document:
How to Apply
Effective August 12, 2014, all internationally educated nurses must follow these steps (in order):
Questions about the NNAS application process? Contact NNAS’s Customer Care Department at www.nnas.ca/help.
Questions about the CLPNA’s registration process? Contact CLPNA’s International Services Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or 780-484-8886.
If you are not eligible to apply through NNAS
Those not qualified to apply through NNAS have several options:
Anyone who has not practiced as a nurse in the past ten (10) years is required to complete a full Practical Nurse program.
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FOR THOSE EDUCATED IN A NON-NURSING PROFESSION
Individuals not previously educated in nursing (ie. paramedics, physicians, midwifes, etc), but interested in becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse in Alberta, should contact NorQuest College or Bow Valley College to determine if any transfer credit may apply.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR IENS