How to Apply


  • You must meet the Mandatory Application Requirements to apply to PRA-NL.
  • Incomplete applications will not be accepted or reviewed.
  • You must be able to provide proof of all documentation and exam scores via physiciansapply at the time of your application (i.e. results pending is not acceptable).
  • It is recommended that you review the Additional Qualifications listed below and the Screening and Selection Criteria (
  • The mandatory requirements and/or other criteria can change at any time.
  • A determination of eligibility for a provisional license by the CPSNL does not guarantee selection for the 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.
  • Proceeding through one phase of the selection process does not guarantee progression to the next phase and/or selection for the 12-week CFA.

*Mandatory Application Requirements*

Requirement #1:

  • A current and valid letter from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Newfoundland and Labrador (CPSNL) verifying that you are eligible for a Provisional License in Family Medicine in Newfoundland and Labrador. Candidates who may be eligible for a provisional license with restrictions will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

*If you do not have this letter, please contact the CPSNL or apply to the CPSNL via Do not apply to PRA-NL.

*To apply to PRA-NL, you must be deemed eligible for a provisional license in family medicine by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Newfoundland and Labrador (CPSNL). The CPSNL recently updated its licensure requirements and currently require a minimum of 2 years postgraduate training to be eligible for a license. PRA-NL recognizes that applicants who may have applied to the CPSNL prior to this update could have less than 2 years of postgraduate training. Such applicants can apply to PRA-NL only if they have a letter from the CPSNL deeming them eligible for a provisional license in family medicine. PRA-NL does not accept any applications without this letter from the College.

*If you have less than 2 years of postgraduate training, you must meet Requirement #2, options a or b as listed below.

Requirement #2:

  • Successful completion of one of the following options (a, b, or c):
    • The Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination Part II (Pass score).
    • OR

    • The National Assessment Collaboration (NAC) Examination as follows:
      • March 2013-September 2018 - Pass score of at least 75%.
      • March 2019-March 2020 - Pass score of at least 429.
      • September 2020 - Pass with Superior Performance.
      • October 2021 – Pass score of at least 1405.
      • May 2023 – Pass score of at least 608.


    • The NAC Examination (minimum Pass score for any exam administration since 2013) only if you have at least 2 years (24 months) postgraduate training towards recognition as a general practitioner or family physician, including a minimum of 8 weeks of postgraduate training in family medicine. *To meet this requirement, all postgraduate training documentation must be source verified through the Medical Council of Canada (MCC) Physician Credentials Repository ( and shared with PRA-NL via physiciansapply.

Requirement #3:

Less than two prior failed attempts in Canadian practice ready assessment programs.

Additional qualifications considered in advance of candidate selection:

  • Postgraduate training or rotations focused specifically on Family Medicine.
  • Up-to-Date Clinical Certifications – BLS, ATLS, ACLS, PALS, etc.
  • Consistent practice experience in family medicine, with no major interruptions or gaps, as MRP.
  • Experience as the independent MRP in an emergency room setting in a rural/remote location.