Alberta welcomes nurses from all over the world. If you completed your nursing education outside of Canada, here's what you need to know to apply to practise in Alberta.
How to apply
Before you apply to CARNA, apply and pay an assessment fee directly to the National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS). NNAS will forward their assessment of your application both to you and to CARNA. Estimated time needed: Variable.
Once you receive a report from NNAS, create a MyCARNA account to submit your application for assessment and pay the non-refundable fee online.
Complete the following forms and email them to email@example.com. These forms detail your nursing experience and practice hours.
We will contact you with further instructions. We assess applications individually and in the order that we receive all the required documents. We will determine whether:
You are eligible to proceed to the next steps of writing the registration examination and working in Alberta with a graduate nurse permit to fulfill the reference requirement.
Your application is deferred until you complete the Alberta registered nurse assessment program (ARNAP) and/or bridging education (if applicable). A further assessment application with fee to CARNA will be required upon completion of the ARNAP
or bridging program to proceed with registration requirements.
You are not eligible to proceed with meeting the registration requirements.
Take an Alberta registered nurse assessment program (ARNAP) or complete bridging education if you are required to by CARNA, otherwise proceed to step 7. We'll send you an email with instructions on how to do this. CARNA does not approve or endorse any ARNAP prep courses. It is important to note that if your assessment identifies competency gaps, additional coursework will be identified by CARNA, even if you previously completed a prep course or other coursework. Estimated time needed: Visit
Touchstone Institute to see when the ARNAP is offered.
If you were required to take the ARNAP, review your results and complete any specified bridging education courses before you proceed. Estimated time needed: 12 – 15 months to complete bridging courses and add waiting time for available
seats. The bridging program is available only at Mount Royal University. Please note that they recently reported a waiting time of four to five registration attempts before being accepted to the program. If you have questions or concerns about
this, please contact Mount Royal University directly.
Once you have completed any assigned coursework, we will notify you about your next steps. This may include writing the NCLEX exam, applying for a graduate nurse permit, and/or applying for an RN permit.
Obtain satisfactory Alberta employer reference(s) by working a minimum of 225 hours as a graduate nurse in Alberta. Estimated time needed: Variable number of months.