Unfortunately, we cannot give a timeframe for an assessment to be completed.
Factors that can impact the length of time it takes to assess an application include: additional documents may be required, the number of applications that are ready to be assessed is higher than usual, other follow up is required, etc.
We cannot say before your application has been assessed what your exact assessment outcome will be. Applications are assessed on an individual basis.
There are four possible outcomes:
Assessments from other provinces may not be transferable to Alberta. Please contact registration services for more information toll free 1.800.252.9392 ext. 548.
You may also choose to complete the requirements in the province you applied to. For example, if you are assigned courses or a competency assessment such as an OSCE in Ontario, you may choose to complete these requirements in Ontario. You may apply to CARNA as a Canadian applicant once you have achieved RN registration and you have worked a minimum of 1,125 hours in that province.
CARNA has its own English policy. If you do not meet CARNA’s English language proficiency requirement, then you will be asked to provide a satisfactory English test within one year of your email notification.
We understand that you may have completed your nursing program in English; however, you may not meet CARNA's own English language proficiency requirement if your first language is not English and the primary language of the population where you completed your nursing program is not English.
If you do not meet CARNA's English language proficiency requirement, then you will be asked to provide a satisfactory English test before we proceed with assessing your application.
No. You must demonstrate that you can satisfactorily meet each minimum required score on the same exam.
For example, if you met all of the required scores on your English
test except one category (speaking, reading, writing, or listening),
then passed this category on the second exam but did not pass one of
the others, you cannot combine these tests.
English tests with a passing result are valid for 24 months (two years) less a day from the date of the exam.
For example, if you took your exam and met all of the minimum required scores on April 7, 2017, your English test would expire April 6, 2019.
You will not be required to submit another English test upon applying with CARNA provided the test results are not more than 24 months old from the date of the exam.
CARNA may require updated English test results if at any time your English test becomes expired. We will let you know if you need to provide an updated English test.
You need to report hours for all practice years available for selection in the drop-down menu.
For example, select the 2016 practice year, complete the remaining fields and hit save. Then, repeat for the 2017 practice year, complete the remaining fields and hit save again.
Yes. See instructions in previous question; you will need to report zero hours in the application form.
No, you are not required to be a permanent resident to apply.
However, if you are determined to be eligible for courses or the nursing exam/temporary permit, or referred to an Alberta Registered Nurse Assessment Program, you will need to be in Alberta to complete these requirements.
You are not required to have a bachelor of science in nursing to apply as long as the nursing program you completed led to licensure as a registered nurse or nurse generalist.
We review each nursing program individually to determine whether your education is comparable to an Alberta nursing program. If we find that your nursing program is not comparable, you may need to complete other requirements before you can proceed with writing the nursing exam and working as a graduate nurse in Alberta.
Please contact the registration services toll free 1.800.252.9392 ext. 548 to discuss your eligibility to apply.