Step 4: Professional examination


The professional examination aims at determining your suitability to practice the nursing profession. The examination focuses on the theoretical and clinical aspects of the nursing practice, in addition to evaluating the integration and application of your knowledge and abilities in several clinical situations.

The professional exam is a written exam that includes 35 to 45 clinical situations, with between 125 and 135 related multiple-choice questions. The situations are representative of the field of nursing. The questions are weighted within each clinical situation, with each clinical situation worth 100 points.


The exam focuses on the critical aspects of each clinical situation, notably assessing the following:

  • how well you have integrated and are able to apply your knowledge;
  • the skills you have acquired in various clinical situations;
  • your ability to make clinical decisions and appropriate interventions.

It is extremely important to know that:

  • this is more than a simple evaluation of your knowledge;
  • the exam is designed to determine whether you are competent to practise the profession.