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Internationally Educated Nurses Can Apply to Become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

Dec. 21, 2022

There are three nursing regulatory bodies in Alberta. Each one has specific nursing designations under the Health Professions Act. The scope of practice, expectations and registration requirements differ depending on the nursing designation and vary between jurisdictions.

Not everyone applying to become a registered nurse (RN) with the College of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CRNA) will have education or nursing experience that matches Alberta requirements. Applicants who received their nursing education outside of Canada, and have never held registration in Canada, may need to complete assessments, further education or exams before getting their permit. Seats for these items may be limited and it can take some time for spaces to become available.

If applicants need to complete further assessments, the CRNA informs them of the option to apply for a permit from the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA). Interested applicants can have their assessment documents sent to the CLPNA, so they do not need to complete the National Nursing Assessment Service step again. Registering as a licensed practical nurse allows an applicant to work as a nurse while they complete the assigned items from their assessment to become a registered nurse.

The CRNA is working to increase the turn-around times, transparency and fairness.