Published Jun 3, 2009
Hello to all nurses... dis is just helpful info 4 those hu r planning to go to Dubai..Please b4 u plan make sure u have the ff qualifications:
2 yrs exp
attested cert(school credentials)
u must have these 3 things for u to qualify to take exam for MOH and DOH license.u cannot work as nurse without UAE license.
without this 3 impt documents, u must think twice or else a nightmare will come to ur lyf:eek:.. hundred of nurses made mistakes:crying2:. gud luk! just PM me if u nid some info...:loveya:
Would help and your post would be clear if you posted without using text. If you need to pass English exams this is a good time to practice grammar etc
Could you please give further detail of problems that have occurred. Don't hospitals and recruiters make sure that you have the sufficient credientials? And how do you go about getting a UAE license?
Thanks for your help.
Nightmare? Why? Can you please be more specific? I'm sure it will be more beneficial to all our other fellow nurses out there if you could post the info without need for PM. Thanks!
This is the registration procedure for MOH-UAE. I got the PDF document converted into text so that it could be post here.
1. General registration Information
Registration requirements are met when a nurse/midwife meets the applicable eligibility
requirements, submit the Nursing Registration Application to the Federal Department of
Nursing, MOH with all documents, passes an examination or meets the "exemption from
examination "criteria, pays the fee [fifty (50) Dhs only] where applicable, and all required
verifications have been received, reviewed to meet the standard and criteria of the Federal
Department of Nursing.This applies to governmental and private sector.
2. Eligibility criteria:
- Academic achievement: All Expatriate applicants who graduated from foreign
nursing programs must have graduated with a minimal attainment of sixty percent
(60%) of total marks.
- Nursing experience: All Expatriate applicants must have had at least one thousand
(1000) hours experience within the three (3) years prior to applying for registration in
- Midwifery experience: All Expatriate applicants must have had at least one year
experience within the three (3) years prior to applying for registration in the UAE.
3. Registration Criteria:
- Registered Nurse (RN):
Applicant should have at least a three (3) year diploma in nursing with a minimal
attainment of sixty percent (60%) of total marks and after a twelve (12) years
secondary school education.
- Practical Nurse (PN):
Applicant should have one of the following:
a) A diploma in nursing of eighteen (18) months with a minimal attainment of (60%) of
total marks after a12 years secondary school education
b) A three (3) year diploma in nursing with a minimal attainment of sixty percent
(60%) of total marks after intermediate education.
- Registered Midwife (RM):
a) Twelve (12) secondary school education and eighteen (18) months qualification of
midwifery after a three year nursing program, with a minimal attainment of sixty
percent (60%) of total marks.
b) Twelve (12) secondary school education and at least a three (3) year diploma in
midwifery with a minimal attainment of sixty percent (60%) of total marks.
- Practical Midwife (PM):
Twelve (12) secondary school education and diploma in midwifery of two (2) years
duration with a minimal attainment of sixty percent (60%) of total marks
4. Required Documents:
The originals or certified copies of each of the following:
1. Passport including a valid UAE residence visa or other proof of legal stay in the UAE.
2. Statutory evidence of any name change (marriage license, other legal document).
3. School leaving Certificate (Highest level attained before entry to nursing or midwifery
4. Nursing or Midwifery Education Certificate / Diploma / Degree- (length of education and
academic achievement must be verified by means of official transcript if not clearly
specified on Certificate / Diploma / Degree).
5. Nursing/Midwifery Licensure or Registration showing current validity
5. Nursing / Midwifery Registration Examinations:
The nursing and midwifery examination is held regularly during each year. A score of 60% is
required to pass the two hours and a half (2 1/2) written examination of 100 multiple choice
6. Completion of Registration Requirements:
Forms known as verifications (Verification of Education; Verification of license; Reference
inquiry) will be made available to those who PASS the nursing examination or meet the
exemption from examination criteria. The applicant mails the verification directly to the FDON.
The registration application is not complete until the FDON receives these verifications. The
verifications must be received directly from the source only as stated clearly on each
verification and must meet the standards and quality criteria set by the FDON. If the applicant
meets the exemption from examination criteria; the verifications needed to complete
registration will be given at the completion of the review of the application.
7. Repeated Examination Attempts:
An applicant not obtaining a passing score on the first attempt is allowed to sit the written
examination twice more for a total of three times. Nurses will be charged for each examination
for which they register. No refunds are made by the MOH for non-attendance or for any other
reason. Applicants will be required to prove they meet all eligibility requirements at the time
they apply to re-take the registration examination.
8. Examination Exemption Conditions:
UAE Nationals and Graduates of Institutes of Nursing are exempted from the examination. In
addition Registered Nurses or Registered Midwives holding current valid nursing registration /
licensure in certain countries as well as all nurses holding a Masters Degree in Nursing are
exempted from the nursing examination if they have been actively employed in the field of
nursing/midwifery in a clinical setting, nursing administration or nursing education for at least
1000 hours within the three years prior to application for registration in the UAE. This applies
only to Registered Nurses or Midwives and not to Practical Nurses or Midwives. Those
exempted from the written exam must meet all other criteria for registration.
This one is the registration requirements for DOH - UAE
1. Fill Medical Facility Inspection From in case of additional specialty
2. Fill Application Form (Health Professionals Licensure Form) by the facility, and Application For Licensure by the candidate.
3. Copies of qualifications attested by UAE Embassy
4. Recent good standing certificate from the medical council.
5. Copies of experience certificates
6. List of surgeries performed by the candidate (for Surgeon Doctors Only)
7. Passport copy
8. One Color photograph
9. Application & Assessment Fee
10. License Fee
In addition to the general requirements;
1. Approved Bachelor degree or its equivalent in general nursing of not less than three (3) years duration
2. Current license to practice in home country
3. Proficiency in English language
4. Recent practice - You must have practiced as a Registered Nurse at least 450 hrs in last 3 years (exemption New Graduates)
Thank you so much for the information. I had actually found that information after some searching a couple of days ago. A few more questions though. I only plan to nurse in Dubai....so I still have to register and do the exam with the MOH as well even though Dubai doesn't recognize the MOH standards? And should I get a job first before sending all those papers in and getting my license in Dubai? Or do people go through the licensing process first and then get a job?
Could you please be more specific about the nightmare you are pertaining to? I'm asking because some of my friends submitted their application to an agency that's supposed to let them work in Dubai.
Hello to all nurses... dis is just helpful info 4 those hu r planning to go to Dubai..Please b4 u plan make sure u have the ff qualifications:prc license2 yrs expattested cert(school credentials)u must have these 3 things for u to qualify to take exam for MOH and DOH license.u cannot work as nurse without UAE license.without this 3 impt documents, u must think twice or else a nightmare will come to ur lyf:eek:.. hundred of nurses made mistakes:crying2:. gud luk! just PM me if u nid some info...:loveya:
Hello ybanagako and thank you for the info. However, could you be more elaborate on that "nightmare" thing? I hope it's not happening on Elm's street, Dubai because that's where I don't want to live.:wink2:
Most Dubai hospital require DOH test passers.
MOH is for the government hospitals. There are a few in Dubai but mostly are in other emirates like Sharjah and Fujeirah.
I would advise nurses to really check each's emirates' requirement on being a licensed nurse here in the UAE. They differ in several aspects. I am a nurse in Abu Dhabi. And I took the HAAD test instead. It is very important to note though that almost if not all of the health authorities in the UAE require that a foreign nurse must have at least 2 years hospital experience from his/her country of origin. Working as a nursing assistant here will get you nowhere, unfortunately. Well, unless you are way too lucky to be married with your bosses. :) And i think that is what the thread/topic starter meant with nightmare.
There is no room for promotions and wage increases for non-license nurses in this country. :zzzzz
You may or may not take the MOH if you have passed the DOH test. It actually depends on you and the hospital you are aiming for. :) and as per getting a job first or taking the test, I believe, hospitals here in the UAE cannot hire you if and when you do not have your license yet. If they do, they are only taking risks on you. The Health authorities here are very strict now - well, it only started early this year though. But they are strict on unlicensed nurses working nurses' jobs. Only last night, the hospital where i am working with got an impromptu visit from the Health Authority of AbuDhabi (HAAD) and has interviewed some of the Philippine licensed nurses who cannot get a license here yet is working in clinics. :) Today, our nursing director is calling for an emergency meeting again. :)
So just to be sure, an ADN does not qualify?
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