Regulatory Exam - Practical Nurse (REx-PN)

The REx-PN is a new Canadian Practical Nurse exam developed for the British Columbia College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM) and the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO). 

BCCNM and CNO have partnered with NCSBN to develop the REx-PN. NCSBN is dedicated to developing psychometrically sound and legally defensible nurse licensure and certification examinations consistent with current practice. 

The REx-PN Candidate Journey

The recently launched offers access to all the information & resources candidates need for their REx-PN journey.

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2022 REx-PN Test Plan

The REx-PN test plan includes an in-depth overview of the content categories, details about the administration of the exam and REx-PN style item writing exercises.

REx-PN Practice Analysis

The periodic performance of practice analysis (i.e., job analysis) studies assists BCCNM and CNO in evaluating the validity of the test plan that guides content distribution of the licensure examination for Licensed Practical/Registered Practical Nurses (LPN/RPNs). Because the Canadian health care industry is rapidly changing, practice analysis studies will be conducted by BCCNM and CNO on a five-year cycle. This practice analysis was conducted with the assistance of National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN). 

Passing Standard

The passing standard for the REx-PN Examination is set at  -0.32 logits. It took effect Jan. 4, 2022 and will remain in effect through Dec. 31, 2026. Learn more about what this means and the standard setting process on the REx-PN Passing Standard page.