Experiences applying for your RN through NNAS- moving from USA to Canada

  1. I am a born and raised Canadian, who lived (for 15 years) and studied in California, where I received my BSN RN. My question is, my family of 5 wants to move back to Canada, BC in particular. I have 2.5 years of hospital experience to date. I applied through NNAS this year, and as of this month, all my documents have been submitted. I am looking to talk to those who have walked this road.

    How long after submitting all documents, did you receive an answer from NNAS?

    After receiving an answer (hopefully yes), and applied for your RN license in Canada, how long did it take for that province to approve your license?

    Were any additional tests or schooling needed in your case?

    Was your NNAS application approved?

    We have a move date of January 2019, and absolutely want to be moved by August 2019, so that our middle child can start kindergarten (she will be a year behind, due to enrollment dates that are later here in California). I am in the process of applying for my kids and husbands citizenship papers, which I have heard takes about 4-6 months once all documents are received.

    Any and all information regarding NNAS applications, time and hick-ups (or lack there of) are greatly appreciated...
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  3. by   NRSKarenRN
    Hi...check out allnurses Nursing in Canada section for further advice.
  4. by   Silverdragon102
    There are a few threads in this forum discussing NNAS. Process unfortunately can be long so giving yourself until next year to move is a good idea.
  5. by   RN_Pro
    The only ball that is in your court is the fact that you aren't the first person in this situation and others have fought the good fight and worked out some of the kinks for you (yay!)

    For the first two years every applicant got "non-comparable", even those educated in the US obtaining 4 year BSNs from universities that 3 months before applying to NNAS were accepted by Canadian nursing bodies. It was a &#@% show and there is zero real oversight or accountability. NNAS is a scam and a for-profit business--they know the result of applicants' Advisory Report prior to them applying (no way a nurse who was educated in Nigeria for example will get "comparable"). NNAS consists of American non-nurses evaluating how well your nursing education compares to that of a current Canadian nursing grad.

    You are likely to get "somewhat comparable". Almost nobody gets "comparable". Most in your situation got non-comparable and then had to do a $500 exam called IENCAP (I"m talking about Ontario here, it has a different name in Alberta but is the same exam and costs around $1500). Since so many people fought back, they have added a step where before requiring you to do this exam they will ask you to have paperwork sent in to the nursing body that you applied to detailing your nursing work experience. This experience that you have is likely what will save you, if anything does.

    So basically NNAS will send you an Advisory Report. This has taken up to 10 months for some people. From there you request they send your file to the nursing body. As soon as you apply they will invite you to take a Jurisprudence exam. Many get excited thinking this means something but it doesn't. They ask everyone who applies, even if they know there is no way they will be getting their license anytime soon.
    This exam can be done at any point after this during the process. Then nursing body sends you a letter telling you what is next (in your case likely the info about work experience). Once that is sent in they will tell you whether it is enough to consider you to have met the education requirement. If yes, they will say you can sign up to take NCLEX-RN (not sure what you meant about how hard it is---of course it's hard, its the licensing exam for countries that uphold the highest standards in nursing care). After you have met all requirements including passing NCLEX-RN it takes 8-10 weeks to have a license in hand.

    If they decide work experience isn't enough and you have to take IENCAP, this is a different story. In that case I don't think you'll have a nursing license by Aug 2019.
    Last edit by Silverdragon102 on Aug 5 : Reason: changed to all symbols