Requirements As Registered Nurse

To work as a registered nurse in the United Kingdom, you need to meet the following requirements:

  1. Hold a four-year bachelor’s degree in nursing. Ko
  2. Have a nursing license in your country.
  3. Demonstrate English language competency
  4. Complete the NMC Application Assessment
  5. Take and pass the Computer
    Based Test (CBT)1
  6. Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE).2

Working as a nurse or midwife in the UK

All nurses and midwives who want to work in the UK must register with us. Our
register consists of four parts.

  • Nurses
  • Midwives
  • Nursing associates
  • specialist community public health nurses (SCPHN).

The nurse part of the register is divided into four fields of practice.

  • Adult nursing
  • Mental health nursing
  • Learning disabilities nursing
  • children’s nursing.

Eligibility and Qualification Requirements:

Your qualification must meet the eligibility criteria for the part of the register to
which you are applying for your application to be considered. For nursing, you’ll need to hold a qualification capable of leading to registration as the equivalent of a UK Level 1 nurse, in the country in which you trained. In the UK, a Level 1 nurse is a nurse who has completed a three-year programme of education leading to a nursing qualification and an academic qualification (a degree or diploma)

For midwifery, you’ll need to hold a qualification capable of leading to registration as a midwife in the country in which you’ve trained.


This is the first stage of the application process. You’ll need to complete an online
self-assessment, which will confirm if you’re eligible to apply. As part of this, you’ll be asked to confirm that you meet our health and good character and our English language requirements. You’ll also need to confirm that you understand you will be asked to provide us with supporting documents to evidence this later in the
application process.

1. The Computer Based Test (CBT)

Once you’ve passed the eligibility stage, you’ll be asked to sit the CBT. This is a test
of your theoretical practice-based knowledge. The test format is a multiple choice test and can be taken in test centres around the world. You’ll have three attempts at the CBT as part of one application, with a minimum of ten days in between each sitting. You’ll need to pass within six months of completing your eligibility.

2. Application Assessment

After you’ve passed the CBT, you’ll be asked to provide your supporting documents for your application. You’ll need to submit these within three months of the date of issue.

Once we’ve received all the necessary documents, your application will be assessed by a member of the International Registrations Team. We aim to assess applications within 60 calendar days of receiving all your supporting evidence.

If we need to ask you for more information following our assessment, we’ll assign
you a case officer, who will be your point of contact going forwards. Once we confirmed you’ve met our registration requirements, your application will be progressed to the next stage, which is the Objective Structured Clinical
Examination (OSCE).

3. Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)

The OSCE will assess your clinical knowledge and can only be completed in the UK. The test will be administered by one of our approved university test centres who will administer their own test fee in agreement with us. You’ll need to contact the university directly to book and pay for your test. Everyone is assessed by a panel of examiners and will be filmed for quality assurance purposes.

4. Registration

Once we have received notification that you’ve successfully completed your OSCE and the ID check, you’ll be asked to complete your final declaration and make your registration payment via your portal. Once you’ve completed both, we’ll send you your registration number.

The Total Cost of Fees and Tests is £1,170

This includes the cost of the CBT Fee £83 and OSCE Exam fee £794 and Qualification Evaluation fee £140 and Registration fee £153. This doesn’t include the cost of your visa, flights to the UK and any accommodation and travel while in the UK.

Once you’re registered, you can work in the National Health Service (NHS) or private
health. As a regulator.

Mahmood Saleem
Advocate High Court
Immigration Consultant

By mahmood