In Maritime Canada, NCAS provides a competency assessment for registered nurses seeking licensure in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and/or Prince Edward Island, and licensed practical nurses seeking licensure in Nova Scotia only.
The NCAS process in Maritime Canada begins with a referral from one of our community stakeholders listed below:
Your referral must come to NCAS directly from the regulatory college listed above. NCAS does not accept referrals from candidates themselves. Each regulatory college has unique requirements you must fulfil to be referred to NCAS. For instance, you may be asked to submit an Academic Credential Assessment report from a registered credential assessment agency like the National Nursing Assessment Service. Please contact the appropriate regulatory college directly to learn about referral requirements for NCAS.
A unique facet of the NCAS assessment is the opportunity to be assessed as a Registered Nurse (RN) and Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) at the same time – we call this a dual-track assessment. In Maritime Canada, this is available in Nova Scotia only.
Before applying to complete the NCAS assessment process, it is important to consider whether you want to be assessed as a dual-track candidate. Applying for a dual-track assessment at the beginning of your assessment process may save you time and money in the long run. Here is how it works.