Eligibility Changes to the NAC Examination

A reminder that the MCC is making changes to its examination program in 2018 and 2019 to reflect the reality of medical practice and the current health-care needs of Canadians. As part of this transition, the NAC Examination eligibility criteria are changing to provide candidates with more flexibility and enhanced access to the examination.

A reminder that the MCC is making changes to its examination program in 2018 and 2019 to reflect the reality of medical practice and the current health-care needs of Canadians. As part of this transition, the NAC Examination eligibility criteria are changing to provide candidates with more flexibility and enhanced access to the examination.

The following changes will be introduced with the March 2018 session:

The MCCEE is no longer an eligibility requirement to apply to the NAC exam

International medical students and graduates are no longer required to pass the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE) before they can apply to the NAC exam. Eligible candidates can challenge the NAC exam first – or the MCCEE – in the order that they prefer and can even apply to both at once.

Candidates can retake the NAC exam if they have a pass (or fail) result, for up to three attempts in total

Previously, only candidates who had failed the exam could retake it. Now, candidates with a pass are also able to retake it. The candidate’s latest result will be the only valid result and will not expire.

Candidates taking the exam will have to skip a session before reapplying. For example, a candidate taking the September 2018 NAC exam will be able to retake the exam, at the earliest, in September 2019, skipping the March 2019 session. This change will be applied moving forward, starting with those taking the March 2018 session. Candidates who took the September 2017 exam will still be able to retake it in March 2018, if they so choose.

International medical students may take the NAC exam within 12 months of their anticipated date of graduation

Previously, students could challenge the NAC exam in September of their final medical school year, further to passing the MCCEE.

The NAC exam may now be the first assessment that international medical students challenge, instead of the MCCEE. As such, the requirement of taking the NAC exam at the earliest within 12 months of the anticipated date of graduation was made explicit in the exam’s regulations.

This requirement does not apply to medical graduates who may apply to the exam at any time as they have already completed their medical degree.

See NAC exam Application and eligibility for more information.