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:

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:

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:

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

Research & Information Links

Alzheimer’s Society of Canada
Amputee Coalition
Amyotropic Lateral Sclerosis Society of Canada (ALS)
Amyotropic Lateral Sclerosis USA
Australian Nursing & Midwifery Council (ANMC)

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

Eat Right Ontario
Enrolled Nurses Professional Assoc

Health Canada
Heart and Stroke


Immunization Education Initiative

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)
Ministry of Health and Long Term Care
Muscular Dystrophy
Multiple Sclerosis Association

National Council of State Boards of Nursing
National Enrolled Nurses Association of Australia
Nursing Health Services Research Unit (NHSRU) 
National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly(NICE)

Ontario Colleges Find a Program
Ontario Human Rights Commission

Public Health Agency of Canada

Registered Nurses Association of Ontario

Schizophrenia Society of Ontario
Seniors Health Research Transfer Network (shrtn)
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)


The Arthritis Society
The Canadian Student Nurses Association
The SHRTN Knowledge Exchange

West Nile Virus (2009)