Nurse Practitioner

This section applies to you if you are currently a student/graduate of an approved NL or other Canadian nurse practitioner education program and/or are currently registered/license as an NP in another Canadian jurisdiction (province/territory).

Information in this section pertains to:

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Categories of Practice

In Newfoundland and Labrador, nurse practitioners (NPs) are licensed in one of three categories of practice:

    • Family/All-Ages
    • Adult
    • Pediatric

For information on the process to change your category of practice see Fact Sheet NP Change of Category.

Overview of Registration Process

Note: All applicants must have established registration as a registered nurse with CRNNL before commencing the application process for nurse practitioner licensure.

1.  Review the Requirements for Licensure for Nurse Practitioner.

2.  Complete application for initial NP licensure including application fee. The application consists of five parts:

  • Complete Part I of the application and submit it to CRNNL.
  • Forward Part II of the application to the school of nursing where the nurse practitioner educational program was completed. 
    NOTE: Graduates of an NL nurse practitioner education program and NPs already licensed in another Canadian jurisdiction are not required to complete this form.
  • Forward Part III of the application to the authority who granted nurse practitioner registration/licensure if registered/licensed as a nurse practitioner in another jurisdiction.
  • Forward Part IV of the application to the Director of Nursing or Director of Human Resources at your current/most recent place of NP employment (if applicable). References include all NP employers within the last three years starting with the most recent employer. 
    NOTE: An employer reference is not required if applicant is a new graduate of an NP education program and has never been employed as an NP
  • Complete Part V – Payment of Application Processing Fee, complete and submit to CRNNL.

3. CRNNL will notify you by email that your application for NP licensure has been approved.

Sections 4-6 apply to new NP graduates only

4. New graduates of a Nurse Practitioner Education program are required to successfully complete an NP licensure exam based on their education, specific to the following categories of practice. Refer to Nurse Practitioner Examinations for more information on the exam application process.

5.  If applicable Apply for Interim NP license -  An interim license authorizes  graduates of an NP educational program to practice in an NP position and establish their role while waiting to write, receive the results of the CNPE:F/AA, AANPCB or PNCB licensure exam and pending finalizing full NP licensure. 

Interim NP Practice

Interim NP Licence holders must adhere to CRNNL regulatory documents and relevant legislation that govern NP practice, including but not limited to the authority to prescribe medications or to complete client care processes ( e.g. Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, Nurse Practitioners (NPs) Prescribing Methadone for Opioid Dependence; Nurse Practitioners (NPs) Prescribing Buprenorphine - Naloxone (Suboxone); Nurse Practitioners (NPs) Prescribing Methadone for Analgesia; Nurse Practitioners Providing Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) (2018)). 

Practice Conditions

Prior to the issuance of an Interim NP Licence the applicant must validate to CRNNL that: 

  1. they a collaborative arrangement with a licenced NP or physician who is also employed by or has privileges within the RHA or another agency that the RN will be employed;
  2. the licenced NP or physician is available to provide an accessible resource (i.e. in person, by phone, or other telecommunication method (i.e. telehealth video connection)) where the Interim NP Licence holder identifies a client’s care is outside their competence; and
  3. the employer confirms understanding of the NP collaborative arrangement. 

The above information must be provided the CRNNL approved form 


The applicant who has been issued an interim licence to practice as a nurse practitioner is required to use the title Interim Nurse Practitioner Licence (Interim NP Licence).

6. Successfully pass an NP examination.

7. Complete the following:

    • A prescribing Controlled Drugs and Substance (CDSA) course approved by CRNNL. Certificate must be submitted with your application.
    • The Tamper Resistant Prescription Pad Program (TRPPP), Department of Health and Community Services, Government of NL.

For approved education courses and information regarding TRPPP, contact

  8. Apply for initial NP licensure through MyCRNNL.

Registrants who practice without a valid NP interim license or NP practicing license will be subject to an Unauthorized Practice Fee in accordance with CRNNL Bylaw Article III 4 (A) ($100/shift worked with no maximum) and discipline in accordance with section 21 of the RN Act where the period of practice exceeds 3 shifts from and including the 1st shift.

For further information please call 709-753-6040 or email


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