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General Information

In order to practise as a registered nurse (RN) in New Brunswick, you must be registered with the Nurses Association of New Brunswick (NANB). It is illegal to practise as a registered nurse without a valid NANB registration.

To qualify for registration as an RN, you must meet the registration requirements set out in NANB’s bylaws and rules. To apply to NANB as a new graduate you must have graduated from a recognized Canadian nursing education within the last three years, and have never been registered as an RN in Canada.

Note: Graduates of schools of nursing from Quebec who wish to write the NCLEX-RN must first exhaust their eligibility to write the OIIQ exam, and are not eligible to write the NCLEX exam until they are no longer eligible to write the OIIQ exam. Please do not apply to NANB if you are a graduate of Quebec who has not yet exhausted their OIIQ exam attempts.

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Frequently Asked Questions

New Graduate Application Process

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1.Click here to create your NANB profile online and follow the steps indicated. This requires proof of your legal name – please submit valid Canadian ID.

  • Note: If you are submitting documents under different legal names (e.g., transcripts, verifications from other regulatory bodies, etc.), you must provide documentation to support the name change (e.g., marriage certificate or name change certificate).

2. Complete the New Graduate application form from your NANB profile and pay the applicable fees.

3. Submit a current criminal record check through CSI Screening.

  • This can be done by visiting, and completing the Canadian Criminal Record Check. Please indicate “NANB” as the company. This must be sent directly from CSI to
  • For criminal record checks from other sources, NANB requires the original be sent to us by mail.
  • Criminal record checks are valid for six months from the date of issue.

4. Complete the Jurisprudence module found on your NANB profile. You will need to complete the module before being eligible to receive a temporary registration permit (TRP) and work as a graduate nurse (GN).

5. Arrange for your nursing school to send the following documents directly to

  • A Confirmation of Nursing Education (if you are applying before your official graduation date);
  • Official transcript.
  • NOTE: Documents not received directly from your nursing school will not be accepted.

6. If you obtained your nursing education in any province or territory outside of New Brunswick please request a Verification of Registration Form from the regulator in the province where you obtained your nursing education. This must be sent to directly by the regulator in the jurisdiction where you obtained your education in nursing.  This is required for all new graduates educated in another Canadian jurisdiction.

Registration Exam

The NCLEX-RN is administered by Pearson VUE, a third party. They control all dates, scheduling and exam planning. The role of NANB is to determine your eligibility to write the exam and, once you have passed the exam, to determine your eligibility to register as a nurse in New Brunswick. NANB does not control exam dates, times and schedules.

All inquiries related to the NCLEX-RN, other than questions related to exam eligibility must be directed to Pearson VUE at

Please do not create a profile with Pearson VUE until you are instructed to do so by NANB. You will be granted eligibility to write the NCLEX-RN and instructed to create your Pearson VUE profile at that time.

1.Once NANB has received confirmation that you have completed an approved nursing education program and you have submitted all required documents, you will be deemed eligible to write the registration examination (NCLEX-RN).

2. NANB will send you an email confirming your eligibility to write the exam.

3. Register and create a web account with Pearson VUE at and pay the exam fee; Within 2-3 business days you will receive your Authorization To Test (ATT) by email. After creating your profile there is no need to advise NANB.

4. Once you register your account, NANB will inform Pearson VUE of your eligibility to take the NCLEX; if you have requested an accommodation, all of your documents must be received and your request approved before NANB will confirm your eligibility with Pearson VUE.

5. Pearson VUE will then send you an email confirming your authorization to test (ATT) and provide instructions on how to schedule an appointment online to take the NCLEX.

6. Schedule an appointment to take the exam. If you have been approved for accommodations, you must call the Pearson VUE to schedule your appointment.

7. Once you write the exam, NANB will receive results from Pearson VUE. You will be notified by email about your examination results within 1-5 business days after you write the exam.

  • Although most applicants will receive exam results on the next business day, Pearson VUE sometimes holds exam results for up to 5 business days for review.

8. To be eligible for initial registration in New Brunswick a candidate must write and pass the NCLEX-RN or OIIQ entrance exam within 3 years of completing their nursing program. Candidates who have not yet passed the NCLEX-RN or OIIQ exam within 3 years of program completion will be deemed ineligible to write the NCLEX-RN, and for initial RN registration.

Testing Accommodation

If you have a medical or physical condition or disability that requires an accommodation to write the NCLEX-RN nursing exam, you must notify NANB as soon as possible.  Please note: Not all accommodations are offered at all testing locations. Pearson VUE will instruct you on how to schedule an exam with accommodations.

The following forms are required to request an accommodation:


The NCLEX will be offered in Fredericton up to three times each year. Seat availability and exam schedules are determined by Pearson VUE. All questions related to exam schedules and availability should be directed to

The NCLEX is available at other writing centers outside of the province on an ongoing basis. For more information on available testing dates, please contact Pearson VUE or log into your Pearson VUE account.


Temporary Registration

Applicants who have scheduled an NCLEX-RN may apply for a temporary registration permit (TRP). The TRP allows you to practise as a graduate nurse (GN), with restrictions, while you wait to write and pass the NCLEX-RN.

It is illegal to practise nursing without a valid registration in New Brunswick. You must have Temporary registration to begin orientation and/or work as a graduate nurse.

TRPs are issued for periods of six months provided that:

  1. The application for TRP is completed and fee remitted to NANB,
  2. The applicant is scheduled to write the NCLEX-RN within the following six months, and
  3. The applicant applies for the TRP within 12 months from the date that the nursing program was completed.

TRPs may be extended for six-month periods (to a maximum of 24 months from the date the candidate is first deemed eligible) provided that:

  1. The application for TRP is completed and fee remitted to NANB,
  2. The applicant has written the NCLEX-RN at least once during the previous six-month period,and
  3. The applicant is scheduled to write the NCLEX-RN within the following six months.
NANB initial TRP processing fee (x1)$57.50
NANB 6 months TRP fee (renewable every 6 months)$50 + HST ($57.50 per 6-month TRP)
NCLEX exam fee$360.00 + HST (paid to Pearson VUE)
NANB registration feeFee schedule

Pass the NCLEX-RN

Once you pass the NCLEX-RN, NANB will provide you with instructions on how to complete your registration. Before you can be registered, you must provide any missing documents (for example: official transcripts or updated criminal record check), have your application approved by the registrar, and pay the registration fee.

You may not practice as a registered nurse or use the RN title until you have received confirmation from NANB that you are registered.

Once the NCLEX-RN has been passed, applicants must complete the registration process and register as registered nurses as soon as possible. Temporary Registration Permits are only valid for new graduates who have not yet passed the NCLEX-RN exam.