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  CANADIAN PRACTICAL NURSE REGISTRATION EXAMINATION

Exam Blueprint

The CPNRE Blueprint outlines the content tested on the national exam. For the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination, the content consists of the competencies that an entry-level practical nurse is required to possess in order to practise safely and effectively in a Canadian healthcare setting.

Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination Blueprint 2017-2021 1

The CPNRE Blueprint contains the following important information:

  • The complete list of CPNRE competencies that candidates will be tested on
  • A description of the three competency categories which make up the Competency Framework:

    • Professional, ethical and legal practice
    • Foundations of practice
    • Collaborative practice

  • The number of competencies in each competency category
  • The percentage of exam questions from each competency category
  • A description of the three cognitive levels that the exam questions are testing:

    • Knowledge/Comprehension
    • Application
    • Critical Thinking

  • The distribution of questions by cognitive level
  • The exam length and format
  • How questions are presented on the exam
  • How the pass mark is set
  • A glossary of terms

1 The contact information for the regulatory authorities in the CPNRE Blueprint may not be up-to-date. For the most current contact information, please go to the regulatory authority website.

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