International Educated Nurses
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: 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:
For further information, contact the International Services Department at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Bow Valley College
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