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Applying to the NSPRAP Family Medicine

The Nova Scotia Practice Ready Assessment Program (NSPRAP) is an assessment program for international medical graduates (IMGs) who:

  • have completed residencies in family medicine outside of Canada; and
  • are unable to meet Nova Scotia licensing requirements.

Program Application Process

Step 1: Pre-screening

Eligible candidates must meet all of the pre- screening requirements. Applications are pre-screened by the College to ensure candidates are eligible for the program.

  • Pre-screening requirements.

Step 2: Initial application

Candidates meeting the pre-screening criteria must submit their application through

This site is the starting place for physicians who want to practise medicine in Canada. Within a secure account you can share your credentials with Canadian medical regulatory authorities, apply for registration and much more.

Step 3: NSPRAP Selects Candidates

The College then submits eligible applicants to the NSPRAP. As space is limited in the NSPRAP, eligibility does not mean acceptance into the program.

All eligible applicants are assessed by the NSPRAP and program participants selected.

Step 4: Applying for Licensure

Once selected to participate in the NSPRAP, candidates will be provided online access to complete a clinical assessment licence application. This includes information such as certificates of professional conduct, a criminal records check and reference forms.

This process may take four to eight weeks. The College is not responsible for delays in the application process due to incomplete information from the applicant or delays in receiving information from the applicant or third parties.

Step 5: Registration and Clinical Assessment Licensure

All candidates selected to the NSPRAP must be registered and licensed by the College. The Clinical Assessment Licence remains valid until the completion of the NSPRAP’s 12-week clinical field assessment.

The College can terminate the program participant’s registration and licensure if:

  • supervision is withdrawn from a NSPRAP participant; and/or
  • significant participant competency concerns are identified.

For more information, please contact the Nova Scotia Practice Ready Assessment Program.