Practice Ready Assessment – Newfoundland and Labrador


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Practice Ready Assessment – Newfoundland and Labrador (PRA-NL) is a 12-week clinical field assessment (CFA) during which a candidate is placed on the Education Register and is assessed for readiness for practice under a provisional medical license in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Practice-Ready Assessment (PRA) is a pathway to practice in Canada that involves examinations and an in-practice clinical assessment. The National Assessment Collaboration (NAC) support this pathway via a pan-Canadian model, developing common standards, tools, and materials for PRA Programs across the country (https://mcc.ca/assessments/practice-ready-assessment/).

Please review the following before you consider applying to PRA-NL:

  • PRA-NL is not a training program.

  • The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Newfoundland and Labrador (CPSNL) must deem you eligible for a provisional license in Family Medicine before you can apply to PRA-NL. *Do not apply without this eligibility.

  • A determination of eligibility by the CPSNL does not guarantee an applicant will meet the PRA-NL Mandatory Application Requirements or be recommended for a 12-week CFA. Physicians with significant gaps in practice (i.e. one or more years away from full-time practice), episodic practice (i.e. practicing for blocks of less than 3 months at a time), or who have no currency beyond the minimum required for the CPSNL, are significantly less competitive.

  • Applicants must have less than two prior failed attempts in Canadian practice ready assessment programs.

  • Proceeding through one phase of the selection process does not guarantee progression to the next phase and/or recommendation for the 12-week CFA.

  • If a candidate passes the 12-week CFA, PRA-NL provides no promise, warranty or condition that they will be able to meet the requirements of the CPSNL to receive a license to practice as a physician in Newfoundland and Labrador or elsewhere in Canada.