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What is it?

As part of the process to become an RN or NP in Nova Scotia, you must successfully complete the Jurisprudence Exam(s), an open book, online exam that consists of approximately 100 questions.

The purpose of the exam is to measure your awareness of provincial and regulatory policies and any provincial and federal laws related to nursing practice in this province. Being knowledgeable about legislation and regulatory policies enhances your ability to practise safely, ethically and competently – and within legal parameters.

The Jurisprudence Exam must be passed by:

  • Applicants applying for initial RN or NP registration or licensure in Nova Scotia. This includes new graduates, those applying from other jurisdiction and internationally educated nurses.
  • Applicants applying for a temporary licence.

There are two exams, the RN Jurisprudence Exam and the NP Jurisprudence Exam. RNs must only write the RN Jurisprudence Exam and NPs must write both the RN and NP Jurisprudence Exam.

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Who is eligible to take the RN Jurisprudence Exam?

To be eligible, you must meet one of the following:

I’m a student in my final nursing semester: You’ll be eligible to take the exam once we receive the list of potential nursing graduates from Dalhousie University, St. Francis Xavier University and/or Cape Breton University.

I’m a new graduate in Nova Scotia: If you didn’t register for the exam in the final semester of your nursing program, you are eligible to take the exam at any time.

I’m a new graduate from an out-of-province nursing program: You’ll be eligible to take the exam once we receive confirmation from the nursing regulatory body in your jurisdiction of study that you’re eligible to write the NCLEX-RN® Exam.

I’m an applicant registered in another province: You’ll be eligible to take the exam once you’ve met all the criteria for licensure in Nova Scotia, with exception of the successful completion of the jurisprudence exam since that’s to come.

I’m an internationally educated nurse: You’ll be eligible to take the exam once we have written confirmation on file indicating that you are eligible to write the NCLEX-RN® Exam.

We will contact you directly when you’re eligible to write the RN Jurisprudence Exam.

Who is eligible to take the NP Jurisprudence Exam?

Prior to taking the NP Jurisprudence Exam, you must first pass the RN Jurisprudence Exam. You must also meet of the following:

I’m a Nova Scotia new NP graduate: You’ll be eligible to take the exam once we receive the list of potential nurse practitioner graduates from Dalhousie University.

I’m a new NP graduate from an out of province nursing program: You’ll be eligible to take the exam once we receive confirmation from the nursing regulatory body in your jurisdiction of study that you’re eligible to write the NCLEX-RN® Exam.

I’m an NP applicant registered in another province: You’ll be eligible to take the exam once you’ve met all the criteria for licensure in Nova Scotia, with exception of the successful completion of the jurisprudence exam since that’s to come.

We will contact you directly when you’re eligible to write the NP Jurisprudence Exam.

Once I’m eligible, how do I apply to take the exam?

Once you’re deemed eligible, there are several steps required to apply for the exam:

  1. Submit the Initial Registration Assessment Application online on the Initial Applicant Portal.
  2. Submit an application to write the jurisprudence examination
  3. Pay fee(s)
  4. Submit proof of legal name (i.e. birth certificate, marriage certificate) and photo identification (i.e. passport, driver’s licence, government issued photo ID). Submit both items to us either through the mail or email. Unclear and/or faxed copies will not be accepted.

The Initial Applicant Portal is a helpful tool to monitor the progress of your application. Once we receive your complete Initial Registration Assessment Application, you should receive an email with information on how to access the portal within 5 business days.

 

Can you briefly explain the exam content?

Since there are two exams – the RN and NP Jurisprudence Exam – the content is different based on the exam you’re writing.

The RN Jurisprudence Exam contains content on:

The NP Jurisprudence Exam contains content on:

This may be a new area of study for you and if so, we have study materials and resources on how to best prepare for the exam. Please review the RN Jurisprudence Study Guide and the NP Jurisprudence Study Guide to help familiarize yourself with this exam content.

What type of questions should I expect?

Both Jurisprudence Exams are online, open book exams that consist of multiple choice, true/false and mix and match questions designed to test your competencies at three levels:

  1. Knowledge/Comprehension: Ability to recall and recognition of facts, patterns and concepts and the ability to understand the interpret instructions and the significance of problems.
  2. Application: Ability to apply theoretical principles and other knowledge to practical situations.
  3. Critical Thinking: Ability to analyze, synthesize and evaluate.

How do I prepare for the exam?

The best place to start is to review the RN Jurisprudence Study Guide and the NP Jurisprudence Study Guide. These guides cover materials you should be familiar with prior to taking the exam.

What should I expect on the day of the exam?

Once you register and pay the fee, a unique ID and password will be sent to you, allowing you to access the exam at any time of any day. Applicants are informed within 5 business days after taking the exam.

Both exams are open book, online and can be accessed through a secure website. Each of the exams consists of approximately 100 questions. You have four hours to complete the exam and there is no limit to how many times you can take the exam until you pass.

Since it is an open book exam, you can use paper, electronic or online resources while taking the exam. However, since the exam has a time limit, we strongly advise that you prepare prior to taking the exam.

When you’re finished taking the exam, click the submit button only once and wait for the exam to be submitted. Sometimes the internet can be slow if the connections are busy. Simply relax and be glad that your exam is complete!

What happens after I finish the exam?

Follow the previously emailed instructions to access your score and to inform us that you have taken the exam. The exam’s pass score is 65%.

If you pass the exam, you can continue with the registration process.

If you fail the exam, we encourage you to review the study materials and determine what competencies require extra studying prior to taking the next exam. Although there is no limit to the number of times you can write it until you pass, you must pay a nominal administration fee of $50 (CDN) plus applicable taxes each time the exam is taken.

 

What if I’m caught cheating?

We want to remind you that any activities that involve cheating on this exam, or any exam, is prohibited and could lead to denial of your licence and/or future eligibility to take the Jurisprudence Exam.

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