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Clinical Assistant Licence

You may apply for a clinical assistant licence if the following applies to you:

  • You are a physician or surgeon previously or currently licensed in a country other than Canada.
  • You do NOT meet the requirements for a full license to practise medicine in Nova Scotia.

This licence lets you work as a clinical assistant in a tertiary care or regional hospital under the supervision of a fully-licensed physician on staff at the hospital. As a clinical assistant, you will NOT be the most responsible physician in a medical setting.

Note: Physician assistants are NOT physicians and are NOT eligible to apply for a clinical assistant licence.

Are you eligible? 

To qualify for this licence, you must have the following documents:

Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS) helps international medical graduates prepare for licensure. Learn more about the IMG Bridging Program.

The Atlantic Immigrant Career Loan Fund (AICLF) is a micro-loan fund for internationally trained immigrants in Atlantic Canada. Providing micro-loans to newcomers allows them to overcome financial barriers to upgrade their skills and obtain their license or certification. Learn more.

Practice Experience

Recent practice experience is determined by the College as the date of the candidate’s last independent practice experience of six continuous months or more, within the last five years, to the proposed practice start date as a Clinical Assistant in Nova Scotia.

Candidates must not have been out of independent practice for more than five years.

Step 1: Set up your account with and submit your credentials

  • Read the list of required documents above to ensure you qualify for a clinical assistant licence.
  • Complete the application for medical registration (AMR) at and pay the appropriate fees. The fees are non-refundable.

We will receive the application automatically.

Make sure you complete the application form accurately. Discrepancies with information may delay your application.

Contact the Medical Council of Canada (MCC) at if you need help to create or access your account.

Call 1-877-282-7767 or 902-422-5823

For more information about applying for a clinical assistant licence, see the following documents:

Note: Our registration and licensing department must approve your credentials BEFORE you can accept a job offer from the Nova Scotia Health Authority.

 Step 2: Review of your application

We will review the information you submitted through to find out if you are qualified to move on in the application process.

We will email you to tell you if you qualify for the licence or not:

  • If you qualify, your registration coordinator will send you an email explaining what we need to complete your application.
  • If you do NOT qualify, we will explain why.

Step 3: Employment with the NSHA or IWK

You must send us proof of an offer of employment as a clinical assistant with either the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) or the IWK.

Step 4: Completing your file

Your registration coordinator will email you a link with access to your member services portal explaining what we need to complete your file. The member services portal contains details and links to help you find out what documentation you need to complete your application. This includes but is not limited to:

  • a criminal record check for each jurisdiction requested by your registration coordinator
  • reference letters requested by your registration coordinator
  • certificates of professional conduct from the regulatory or licensing authority in each jurisdiction where you have practised medicine or held a medical licence as instructed by your registration coordinator
  • a sponsor who meets the following criteria:
    • They hold a full licence or an academic licence.
    • They are the department head at the hospital where you will be working, unless the registrar allows someone else.

For more information, refer to our Registration Policies and Guidelines.

Note: Your registration coordinator may ask for additional document following their review of your file.

It may take 4 to 6 weeks to collect and send us all the documents we need.

It may take longer if we need more information. If that is the case, your application will be sent on to the registrar or registration committees for review.

Step 5: Approval and registration

After your application file is complete, with all applicable medical credentials and supporting documents submitted and verified we will analyze your application and tell you if you qualify for registration in Nova Scotia.

  • If you qualify, we will send you further instructions and information about paying the applicable fees.
  • If you do NOT qualify we will send you a letter telling you why.

Step 6: Licensure letter – probationary period

If you are approved for licensure you will be issued a clinical licence to practise medicine in Nova Scotia for a probationary period of 12 weeks.

Note: Once your probationary period is complete you may NOT continue to practise until your licence has been approved. Keep track of when you started practising and how much time has passed so that you do not practise medicine without a licence.  

Step 7: Licensure

After your probationary period is complete, your supervisor will give us will the results of your assessment.  The College will analyze your assessment and tell you if you qualify for continuing registration and licensure in Nova Scotia.

  • If you qualify, we will send you a letter confirming your registration and licensure.
  • If you do NOT qualify we will tell you why.