Many internationally educated nurses contact CARE Centre to inquire about CRNE and CPNRE preparation options. In 2010, CARE Centre’s Exam Preparation and Review course underwent extensive revisions and improvements. CARE Centre offers an extensive course to eligible members who are ready to begin the exam preparation process.


The Exam Preparation and Review course is 10 full days of study (including a mock examination and feedback day) and while schedules may vary by location, classes are typically held one day per week.  This allows for increased individual learning and preparation time between classes.

Because the course is stretched over months leading up to your CRNE or CPNRE, it is important to inform your case manager as soon as you know when you intend to write the exam.  Your case manager can also provide you with up-to-date schedules for the next session of Exam Preparation and Review at CARE Centre.

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Exam Preparation adn Review is offered to CARE Centre members only.  Please speak with your case manager to determine your eligibility. 

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All Exam Preparation and Review courses cost $400. Tuition Assistance may be available to those who qualify and you are encouraged to speak to your case manager if you are concerned about the cost of this course. The cost of this course also includes a comprehensive study guide.

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Suggested Exam Preparation Resources

The College of Nurses of Ontario Compendium

The new Third Edition of the Compendium of Standards of Practice for Nurses in Ontario is only available online; the print edition in the binder is no longer available.

The new Compendium allows nurses to access, download and print up-to-date College practice standards and guidelines 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at no cost.

The Third Edition contains less content and is more focused on the needs of practising nurses. It is divided into four sections:

  • Introduction
  • Practice Standards
  • Practice Guidelines
  • Legislation and Regulation

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Canadian Registered Nurse Examination

Blueprint for the Canadian Registered Nurse Examination June 2010 – May 2015
The blueprint provides in-depth information about the Canadian Registered Nurse Examination (CRNE). It lists the competencies required for safe and effective entry-level practice being tested by the CRNE and describes how these competencies will be measured on the examination.It outlines the general design and appearance of the CRNE (e.g., examination length and format, question presentation) and specifies the nursing contexts in which the examination questions will be set (e.g., client, lifespan, diversity, health situation, practice environment). The blueprint is a detailed source of information about the CRNE that can be useful to CRNE writers and nurse educators. ISBN 978-1-55119-279-6

Canadian Registered Nurse Examination Prep Guide, 5th Edition
The Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) has developed the 5th edition of the Canadian Registered Nurse Examination Prep Guide to help you prepare for writing the Canadian Registered Nurse Examination (CRNE) from June 2010 to 2015. The prep guide contains multiple-choice practice questions similar to those found on the CRNE that are specifically designed to familiarize you with the CRNE.

Included with the prep guide is an interactive CD-ROM that contains the same questions as the prep guide plus 50 additional questions. Using the CD-ROM, you can receive immediate feedback, create a performance profile and focus your learning on specific competency categories in which you need practice.

This prep guide is available to CARE Centre members for $85

LeaRN CRNE Readiness Test

Available in either English or French, the LeaRN CRNE Readiness Test is an online simulated CRNE in a shortened format. Please note: The test has now been updated so that it conforms to the revised format of the Canadian Registered Nurse Exam (CRNE). As of February 2008 and until February 2010, the Canadian Registered Nurse Exam (CRNE) will consist solely of multiple-choice questions.

The LeaRN CRNE Readiness Test offers these benefits:

  • 100 multiple-choice questions
  • questions from former CRNEs that are completely different from those in the prep guide
  • a match with the CRNE in terms of level of difficulty and questions by content type
  • an opportunity to view questions you answered incorrectly along with the correct responses, supporting rationale and references

The test also gives you instant overall results as well as four sub-scores based on the CRNE competency categories to help focus future study for the CRNE.

Anyone who is planning to take the CRNE may want to consider taking this test. For internationally educated nurses, the test may be particularly helpful as it is accessible from all over the world and can be taken before prior to arrival in Canada.

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Nursing Ethics

Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses (2008 Centennial Edition)
The Canadian Nurses Association’s Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses is a statement of the ethical values of nurses and of nurses’ commitments to persons with health-care needs and persons receiving care. It is intended for nurses in all contexts and domains of nursing practice and at all levels of decision-making. It is developed by nurses for nurses and can assist nurses in practising ethically and working through ethical challenges that arise in their practice with individuals, families, communities and public health systems.

Purpose of the Code
The Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses serves as a foundation for nurses’ ethical practice. It provides guidance for ethical relationships, responsibilities, behaviours and decision-making, and it is to be used in conjunction with the professional standards, laws and regulations that guide practice.

The code serves as a means of self-evaluation and self-reflection for ethical nursing practice and provides a basis for feedback and peer review. It also serves as an ethical basis from which nurses can advocate for quality work environments that support the delivery of safe, compassionate, competent and ethical care.

Nurses recognize the privilege of being part of a self-regulating profession and have a responsibility to merit this privilege. The code informs other health-care professionals as well as members of the public about the ethical commitments of nurses and the responsibilities nurses accept as being part of a self-regulating profession.

The specific values and ethical responsibilities expected of registered nurses in Canada are set out in part I. Endeavours that nurses may undertake to address social inequities as part of ethical practice are outlined in part II.

Additional Suggestions

  • Mosby’s Canadian Comprehensive Review of Nursing Text and Your Guide to Short Answer Questions on the CRNE Package by Dolores F. Saxton
  • Mosby’s Comprehensive Review for the Canadian RN Exam by Janice Marshall-Henty
  • Mosby’s Prep Guide for the Canadian RN Exam by Janice Marshall-Henty
  • Lippincott’s CRNE Prep Guide by Elaine Schow

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Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination

CPNRE Predictor Test

The Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination Predictor Test is a tool that will help candidates estimate how ready they are to take the exam. The Predictor Test is available online.

The Predictor Test is a short-version of the CPNRE and it is designed to help you gauge your readiness for the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination and help focus your future studying.

CPNRE Prep Tools

Canadian Practical Nurse Exam Prep Guide, 4th Edition
This preparation guide was developed by the same people who create and score the CPNRE. The new and improved RPN Exam Prep Guide is a study guide in print format with an accompanying CD-ROM. It offers close to 230 practice questions based on the new competency profile that came into effect on January 1, 2007. The guide provides answers and explanations to help the student learn, a performance profile to identify areas of strength and weakness, and valuable test-taking strategies and study tips.

This prep guide is available to CARE Centre members for $85

Additional Suggestions

  • Mosby’s Comprehensive Review of Practical Nursing for the NCLEX-PN by Mary O. Eyles