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Recognition of diploma equivalence

To be eligible for a diploma equivalence, you must be an OIIQ member duly entered on the Roll and have obtained within the past three years one of the diplomas listed in Sections 3 and 4 of the Regulation.

Click on your specialty for the criteria that apply to you.

 

Primary care nursing
  • A graduate diploma preparing nurses to practise as a nurse practitioner in primary care or “Family All Ages” from a Canadian university;
  • A diploma leading to the American “Family Nurse Practitioner” (FNP-BC) certification of the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

 

Neonatalogy
  • A graduate diploma preparing nurses to practise as a neonatalogy nurse practitioner from a Canadian university;
  • A diploma leading to the American “Neonatal Nurse Practitioner” certification of the National Certification Corporation (NCC).

 

Pediatric care
  • A graduate diploma preparing nurses to practise as a pediatric nurse practitioner from a Canadian university;
  • A diploma leading to the American “Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Acute Care” certification of the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB).

 

Adult care
  • A graduate diploma preparing nurses to practise as an adult care nurse practitioner from a Canadian university;
  • A diploma leading to the American “Adult Gerontology Acute Care” certification of the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

 

Mental health
  • A graduate diploma preparing nurses to practise as a mental health nurse practitioner from a Canadian university;
  • A diploma leading to the American “Psychiatric Mental Nurse Practitioner (Across the Lifespan)” certification of the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

 

 

Procedure

Follow this procedure to apply for a diploma equivalence and obtain your specialist certificate.

 

Step 1: Compile your application

To submit your file, you must apply for recognition of diploma equivalence online and attach the following documents. Note that a file processing fee of $758.84 applies.

Scan and combine these three documents in one PDF document and attach it to your online application.

Once your file has been analyzed, you will received our decision regarding diploma equivalence via email.

Step 2: Obtain the status of specialized nurse practitioner candidate

If you meet the requirements in the Regulation and your diploma equivalence is accepted, you will be granted specialized nurse practitioner candidate (SNPC) status.

To work in that capacity, you must request and receive your SNPC attestation of practice from us. A fee of $229.95 applies.

IPS-CIPS-Demande d’attestation d’exercice à titre de candidate infirmière praticienne spécialisée ou de candidat infirmier praticien spécialisé form

Step 3: Pass the SNP professional examination

Once we have recognized your diploma equivalence, we will invite you to write the professional examination for specialized nurse practitioners (SNP). A fee of $770.33 applies.

The exam can be written in French or in English, and may be attempted three times over a three-year period to pass it.

Once you have passed the SNP professional examination, we will issue your specialist certificate to allow you to practise in that capacity.