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Important Notice for Internationally Educated Nurses

NEW For international nurses, National Nursing Assessment Service starts Aug 12, 2014

(Jun 27/14) – When National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS) goes live on August 12, all new internationally educated applicants to the CLPNA will submit their applications and pay their initial assessment fees to NNAS. Any applications that CLPNA receives from IENs on or after August 12 will be returned to applicants with instructions on how to apply through NNAS. Read more…

 

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.

The term “Internationally Educated Nurse” (IEN) refers to an individual who was educated and registered as a nurse (Registered Nurse, Licensed Practical Nurse, Licensed Vocational Nurse) in a country outside of Canada.

There are two (2) different assessment processes for Internationally Educated Nurses to become registered in Alberta as an Licensed Practical Nurse:

  1. Assessment by CLPNA: Use the IEN Self-Assessment Tool to determine your eligibility for CLPNA Application for Registration.
  2. Assessment by Alberta schools: If NOT eligible for CLPNA Application for Registration, follow the process under ‘Assessment By Alberta Schools: For Individuals Not Eligible To Apply Directly To CLPNA’.

1. ASSESSMENT BY CLPNA: IEN SELF-ASSESSMENT TOOL

IEN Self-Assessment Tool link
Use the IEN Self-Assessment Tool

IF ALL OF THE BELOW STATEMENTS are TRUE, use the IEN Self-Assessment Tool to determine if you are likely to meet CLPNA’s registration requirements and eligible to apply for registration as an LPN in Alberta.

Eligible applicants must:

  1. Have registration as a nurse outside of Canada.
  2. Have never been registered as an LPN in Canada.
  3. Have successfully completed a nursing education program outside of Canada.
  4. Have nursing practice hours in the past four years or have graduated from a nursing education program in the past four years. (In order for worked hours to qualify as nursing practice hours, you must have been registered, hired, and paid as a nurse. Practice hours do not include sick time, vacation or volunteering.)

For further information, contact the International Services Department at international@clpna.com or 780-484-8886.


2. ASSESSMENT BY ALBERTA SCHOOLS: FOR INDIVIDUALS NOT ELIGIBLE TO APPLY DIRECTLY TO CLPNA

FOR PREVIOUSLY LICENSED NURSES

Individuals who do not meet CLPNA’s registration requirements (see “IEN Self-Assessment Tool”) are advised to contact the schools below for the assessment of nursing credentials and/or clinical competence.

Anyone who has not practiced as a nurse in the past ten (10) years is required to complete a full Practical Nurse program.

NorQuest College 
Office of Registrar
10232 106 Street
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 1L6
Phone 780-644-6000
Intake: Continuous
Website: Practical Nurse Refresher

Bow Valley College 
Prospective Student Centre
332-6 Avenue SE
Calgary, Alberta  T2G 4S6
recruiting@bowvalleycollege.ca
Phone: 403-410-1402
Intake:  January, April, August
Website: Practical Nurse Diploma for Internationally Educated Nurses

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

English Language Testing Standards

The LPN Professional in Alberta