As practical nursing students, you have embarked on a life-changing journey, a journey of discovery into health and health promotion, anatomy and physiology, disease process, caring, and healing. You are committed, dedicated, and passionate about providing quality care and embarking on a career that services the public. As your association, we strive to support you in your journey. The information we provide is to further assist you as students and empower you to be informed in your future career.
Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination (CPNRE)
To practice as a RPN in Ontario, students must pass the Canadian Practical Nurses Registration Examination (CPNRE), and then register with the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO). More detailed information can be found on the CPNRE website at: http://www.cpnre.ca/.
The CPNRE examination is presented in one test book which must be completed in a maximum of 4hrs. The exam consists of 180 to 200 questions. Objective multiple-choice questions are presented as case-based scenarios and independent questions. Fifty-five percent to 75% of the test questions are independent questions and 25-45% are case-based scenarios.
The CPNRE is administered three times a year. For up-to-date information on dates and deadline, please visit CNO’s at: http://www.cno.org/en/become-a-nurse/about-registration/registration-examinations/rpn-exam/
Students will find the following tools very useful while preparing for the CPNRE exam:
- The CPNRE Prep Guide, 4th Edition (can be purchased at your school bookstore, if available, or by calling 1-888-562-5561)
- Predictor Test 1 and Predictor Test 2 have two different but similar sets of questions. Both tests contain independent and case-based multiple-choice questions. The Predictor Test prep guides can be purchased online at: www.cpnre.ca/predictor_purchase_e.asp
Nursing Graduate Guarantee
The Nursing Graduate Guarantee (NGG) is an initiative of the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care aimed at ensuring that every new nursing graduate (RN and RPN) who wishes to work full-time in Ontario will have that opportunity at:www.hfojobs.ca/UI/Professional/Nurse/SplashPageNewGrad.aspx
Research & Information Links
Canadian Council Practical Nurse Regulators
Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Canadian Diabetes Association
Canadian Health Services Research Foundation CHSRF
Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association
Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI)
Canadian Institutes of Health Research CIHR
Canadian Mental Health Association
Canadian Nurses Association
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health- CAN-ADAPTT Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG) for smoking cessation
College of Nurses Professional Standards