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Student Resources

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:

Starting in May 2016, CPNRE is changing to computer-based testing with more flexible options to take the exam. For more information, please visit CNO’s at:

CPNRE will be offered during two windows in 2016: May 23 to June 19, 2016 (approximately 20 days) and September 26 to October 23, 2016 (approximately 20 days). The CPNRE consists of 165-170 multiple-choice questions and must be completed within a four-hour period. 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.

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 to work. For more information, please visit HealthForceOntario or Nursing Graduate Guarantee Initiative.


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