Attention Canadian-Educated RN License Applicants!

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) has a new, streamlined process for reviewing RN license applications from recent graduates of certain Canadian BN, BScN, or BSN programs. This new process saves time and money. It does not require Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) services, which can cost RN license applicants more than $300. If you recently earned a BN, BSN, or BScN degree from a Canadian University, you may qualify to apply for an RN license using the streamlined process.


Applying for an RN License with the Streamlined Process

To qualify for NYSED's Streamlined Process, you must have a BN, BSN, or BScN degree that was granted after January 1, 2015 by a university located in a Canadian province (except Quebec).

  • Your BN, BSN, or BScN degree program must be recognized by a Canadian province (other than Quebec) as qualifying you to practice as an RN in the province.
  • Your BN, BSN, or BScN degree program must be Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing accredited.
  • Your BN, BSN, or BScN degree program must have a unique Canadian Program Code issued by the National Council of State Boards for Nursing (NCSBN). NCSBN's website has a list of Canadian Program Codes for qualifying Canadian BN/BSN programs. Visit: www.vue.com/nclex.

Steps for Applying for an RN License with the Streamlined Process

(STEP1) Complete NYSED Required Coursework. You must complete NYSED approved infection control coursework and child abuse reporting coursework (unless you qualify for an exemption). These courses are available in person or online. For more information, visit www.op.nysed.gov/training.htm. You may be eligible for exemption from the training if you can document, to the satisfaction of the Department, that there is no need for the training based on the nature of your practice. More information on exemptions is available within the link above.

(STEP 2) File an RN License Application with NYSED. File an RN License Application with the New York State Education Department. You must submit an Application for Licensure (Form 1), either online or by mail, with the $143 fee. In addition, you must fill out and send to the Canadian university that granted your BN, BSN, or BScN degree a Certification of Professional Education (Form 2). Your university must verify that you were granted a BN, BSN, or BScN degree on the form and mail it directly to NYSED. The Form 1 and Form 2 for Nursing are available at the link below.

Additional Step if You Have Not Passed the NCLEX-RN. If you have not already passed the NCLEX-RN, you must register to take the NCLEX-RN with Pearson VUE (the company that offers the NCLEX–RN in the U.S. and Canada). You may register online at www.vue.com/nclex. You will need NCSBN's Canadian program code for your BN, BSN, or BScN program in order to register for the NCLEX. Canadian Program Codes and other NCLEX information are available at www.vue.com/nclex. Please note: Pearson VUE will not allow you to take the NCLEX-RN until NYSED completes a review of your RN license application and education credentials.

Additional Step if You are Already a Licensed Professional. If you have been a licensed professional in a U.S. state (other than New York), a U.S. territory, or Canada, you must arrange to have information verifying your professional license(s) provided to NYSED.

  • If you have been licensed as an RN, LPN, or LVN in another U.S. State or U.S. Territory, there are two methods for verifying your nursing license.
    1. Nursys® NYSED relies on Nursys® (an online service) to verify an applicant’s RN, LVN, or LPN licenses from most other U.S. states. If you have been licensed as a nurse in a state that participates in Nursys®, you may use the Nursys® service to verify your nursing license to NYSED. To sign-up for Nursys®, visit www.nursys.com. After you sign up and pay the $30 fee, NURSYS will verify your nursing license directly to NYSED.
    2. Nurse Form 3 If you are licensed as a nurse in a U.S. territory or in a U.S. state that does not participate in Nursys® (i.e., Pennsylvania, Hawaii, Alabama, Kansas, Oklahoma, California, and West Virginia), you must fill out Nurse Form 3--Verification of Other Professional Licensure/Certification and send it to the licensing authority that issued your nursing license. The licensing authority will verify your license on Nurse Form 3 and then send it to NYSED. RN/LPN forms (including Nurse Form 3) are available at the link below.
  • If you have been licensed as an RN, LPN, or another profession in CANADA, fill out a Verification of Other Professional Licensure/Certification (Form 3) and send it to the licensing authority that issued your nursing or other professional license. The licensing authority will verify your license on Nurse Form 3 and then send it to NYSED. Nurse Form 3 is available at the link below.
  • If you were licensed to practice another profession in a U.S. state (other than New York) or a U.S. Territory, fill out Nurse Form 3-Verification of Other Professional Licensure/Certification and send it to the licensing authority that granted your license. The licensing authority will verify your license on Form 3 and then send it to NYSED.

You can download RN license application forms on our web site

Last Updated: April 20, 2017