Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination (CPNRE)
To practice as a RPN in Ontario, students must demonstrate successful completion of a nursing program to be eligible to write the Canadian Practical Nurses Registration Examination (CPNRE) and the College of Nurses (CNO) RN/RPN Jurisprudence Examination.
The CPNRE focuses on your knowledge of practical nursing principles and content; and (2) your ability to apply this knowledge in the context of specific health-care scenarios presented on the CPNRE.
The CPNRE is an online examination consisting of 165 to 170 objective multiple-choice questions to answer over a four-hour period.
You have three chances to successfully complete the CPNRE. For up-to-date information on examination window dates and the application deadlines, please visit the CNO website.
Students may find the following tools (available on the CPNRE website) useful while preparing for the exam:
- The CPNRE Prep Guide, 5th Edition, developed to assist with exam prep, test taking strategies and
- The Predictor Test, consisting of 85 objective multiple-choice questions to answer over a two-hour period.
For more specific information about the exam, information can be found on the CPNRE website.
CNO Jurisprudence Examination
The CNO jurisprudence examination assesses the knowledge and understanding of Ontario nursing regulation, by-laws, CNO practice standards and guidelines.
The open book online examination consists of 150 multiple choice questions to answer over a 3 hour and 45 minute period. You can repeat the exam as many times as required in order to pass.
Nursing Graduate Guarantee
The Nursing Graduate Guarantee (NGG) is an initiative of the Ontario Ministry of Health aimed at ensuring that every new nursing graduate (RN and RPN) who wishes to work full-time in Ontario will have that opportunity. Learn more
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