Nursing Student in Canada


A) Official Transcript from your Educational Institution

As a student currently enrolled in a nursing program in Canada*, you must have completed sufficient training. A competency reference letter is required. If you are not currently a student but have recently completed the required training, you may still be eligible.

You will need to provide information about your current health care education and training, and supply an official transcript from your current educational institution. 
Interim Measure: Unofficial transcripts are being accepted temporarily (subject to full verification at a later date)   

*Nursing program must be approved by a Canadian nursing regulatory body.

Appendix 1 Nursing Student Programs – Coursework for Full HCA Registration

IMPORTANT:  Interim Measure – See Temporary Emergency Registration Information Below


B) Student Competency Letter

This letter is issued by your nursing program, needs to be on educational institution letterhead and should reference your competency in Health Care Assistant skills.  This letter must be signed and have the contact details and credentials of the person who signed the letter.  You can download a sample clinical competency letter (to be provided by your educational institution) below:

Student Competency sample letter (PDF)

C) Character Reference Letter

This reference letter is written by someone who knows you and is providing information on your character.  The letter must be signed and dated and have the contact information of the person who signed the letter.

Interim Measure: The character reference letter requirement is being waived (students may attach the mandatory post secondary competency reference letter twice).

Temporary Emergency Registration – Nursing Students

For nursing program students who do not meet established coursework criteria for full registration, temporary registration will be possible for nursing students who apply online and provide evidence of successful completion of a minimum of one semester of foundational nursing coursework, with: 
  • Completion of a nursing skills course (including personal care skills lab practice and assessment) 
  • Supervised clinical experience in long term care and/or acute care setting (subject to program competency verification)
  • A Nursing Program Administrator (e.g. Coordinator, Assistant Dean, Dean) must provide students with a competency reference letter

Temporary Emergency Registration will be automatically extended as long as the public health emergency related to COVID-19 remains in effect. When the public health emergency related to COVID-19 is declared over, the registration of nursing students holding Temporary Emergency Registration will automatically expire after 30 days.

IMPORTANT: To transition from temporary registration status to full registration status, you must provide evidence of completion of nursing program coursework as per Appendix 1 Nursing Student Programs – Coursework.  Please send to or send a message with attached documentation in your online Registry account.
Apply as a student studying in a nursing program in Canada
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