How to Get a Nursing License in Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC)?

by Zaara 06, Apr 2022

How to Get a Nursing License in Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC)?

All the Healthcare Professionals at Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC) must obtain a license from the Dubai Healthcare City Authority Regulatory (DHCR), an independent regulatory authority responsible for licensing healthcare providers and professionals, and setting and maintaining international best practice in healthcare delivery and patient care within the free trade zone.

About Dubai Healthcare City Authority

Dubai Healthcare City Authority established in the year 2011 is the governing body that regulates Dubai Healthcare City Freezone. Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC) is a free zone mandated to meet the demand for high-quality, patient-centred healthcare.

Through strategic partnerships, DHCC brings together a wealth of services in healthcare, medical education and research, pharmaceuticals, medical equipment, wellness and allied support.

Nursing License in DHCC Free Zone

The DHCR’s licensing department conducts Primary Source Verification, an in-house process through which HCPs’ credentials are verified for authenticity and accuracy from the issuer. The department is responsible for ensuring that the licensing of HCPs is carried out in accordance with regulations.

Nursing Professionals Types

  • Registered Nurse
  • Registered Midwife
  • Mental Health Nurse
  • Pediatric Nurse
  • Cardiovascular Nurse
  • Practical Nurse
  • Nursing Assistant

Qualification Requirements for Nurses

Registered Nurse

 

  Minimum Requirements
Professional Qualification A Bachelor’s degree in Nursing of at least three (3) years duration from an accredited institute/college/university.
Clinical Work Experience A minimum of one (1) year of working experience as a Registered Nurse.
Professional License A current license/registration to practice as a Registered Nurse.
Certificate of Good Standing (CGS) Issued in the last six (6) months from jurisdictions (licensing authority/professional membership body) in which the Applicant holds current license/registration to practice.
English Proficiency Test Required if the graduate’s education was not taught in English. TOEFL – a minimum score of 550; or IELTS – a minimum band of 6.0 or equivalent.
DHCA Licensing Exam Required

 

Registered Midwife

 

  Minimum Requirements
Professional Qualification A Bachelor’s degree in Nursing of at least three (3) years duration from an accredited institute/college/university, and Evidence of specific midwifery training during or following completion of the degree.
Clinical Work Experience A minimum of two (2) years of work experience as a Registered Midwife.
Professional License A current license/registration to practice as a Registered Midwife.
Certificate of Good Standing (CGS) Issued in the last six (6) months from jurisdictions (licensing authority/professional membership body) in which the Applicant holds current license/registration to practice.
English Proficiency Test Required if the graduate’s education was not taught in English. TOEFL – a minimum score of 550; or IELTS – a minimum band of 6.0 or equivalent.
DHCA Licensing Exam Required

Mental Health Nurse

 

  Minimum Requirements
Professional Qualification

Option 1 - A Bachelor’s degree in Nursing of at least three (3) years duration from an accredited institute/college/university. or Option 2 - A Bachelor’s degree in Mental Health Nursing from an accredited institute/college/university. Or

Option 3 - A Bachelor’s degree in Nursing of at least three (3) years duration from an accredited institute/college/university; and Post Graduate Training qualification in Mental Health Nursing of at least one (1) year duration.

Clinical Work Experience As per professional qualification above: Option 1 - A minimum of three (3) years of working experience as a Mental Health Nurse in a clinical setting. or Option 2 - A minimum of two (2) years of working experience as a Mental Health Nurse in a clinical setting. or Option 3 - A minimum of one (1) year of working experience as a Mental Health Nurse in a clinical setting 
Professional License A current license/registration to practice as a Mental Health Nurse. or; Registered Nurse license; and A letter from the issuing authority stating that there are no license title for Mental Health Nursing
Certificate of Good Standing (CGS) Issued in the last six (6) months from jurisdictions (licensing authority/professional membership body) in which the Applicant holds current license/registration to practice.
English Proficiency Test Required if the graduate’s education was not taught in English. TOEFL – a minimum score of 550; or IELTS – a minimum band of 6.0 or equivalent.
DHCA Licensing Exam Not Required
Police Clearance Certificate Issued from the country of last practice

 

Pediatric Nurse

 

  Minimum Requirements
Professional Qualification

Option 1- A Bachelor’s degree in Pediatric or Child Health Nursing from an accredited institute/college/university; or

Option 2 - A Bachelor’s degree in Nursing of at least three (3) years duration from an accredited institute/college/university and Post Graduate Training qualification in Pediatric Nursing of at least one (1) year duration *All Pediatric Nurses are required to submit a current and valid PALS certification

Clinical Work Experience A minimum of one (1) year of working experience as a Pediatric Nurse in clinical setting.
Professional License Current Licensure or Registration to practice as a Pediatric/ Child Health Nurse or; Registered Nurse license; and A letter from the issuing authority stating that there is no license title for Pediatric or Child Health Nursing.
Certificate of Good Standing (CGS) Issued in the last six (6) months from jurisdictions (licensing authority/professional membership body) in which the Applicant holds current license/registration to practice.
English Proficiency Test Required if the graduate’s education was not taught in English. TOEFL – a minimum score of 550; or IELTS – a minimum band of 6.0 or equivalent.
DHCA Licensing Exam Not Required

 

Cardiovascular Nurse

 

  Minimum Requirements
Professional Qualification

Option 1- A Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from an accredited institute/college/university; and A Master degree in Cardiac Care Concentration, Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Cardiac Specialty program, Cardiovascular Health and Disease Management, Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, or related Cardiovascular nursing specialization program for at least (1) year.

Option 2- A Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from an accredited institute/college/university; and Cardiac-Vascular Nursing board from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, or equivalent with evidence of clinical training in cardiovascular nursing for at least one year *All Cardiovascular Nurses are required to submit a current and valid ACLS certification.

Clinical Work Experience Option 1: A minimum of (2) years of work experience as a Cardiovascular Nurse. Option2: A minimum of (3) years of work experience as a Cardiovascular Nurse.
Professional License Current Licensure or Registration to practice as Cardiovascular Nurse or; Registered Nurse license; and A letter from the issuing authority stating that there is no license title for Cardiovascular Nursing.
Certificate of Good Standing (CGS) Issued in the last six (6) months from jurisdictions (licensing authority/professional membership body) in which the Applicant holds current license/registration to practice.
English Proficiency Test Required if the graduate’s education was not taught in English. TOEFL – a minimum score of 550; or IELTS – a minimum band of 6.0 or equivalent.
DHCA Licensing Exam Not Required

Practical Nurse

 

  Minimum Requirements
Professional Qualification Certification from a Practical Nursing program from an accredited institute/college/university.
Clinical Work Experience A minimum of one (1) year of work experience as a Practical Nurse.
Professional License A current license/registration to practice as a Practical Nurse.
Certificate of Good Standing (CGS) Issued in the last six (6) months from jurisdictions (licensing authority/professional membership body) in which the Applicant holds current license/registration to practice.
English Proficiency Test Required if the graduate’s education was not taught in English. TOEFL – a minimum score of 550; or IELTS – a minimum band of 6.0 or equivalent.
DHCA Licensing Exam Not required 

 

Nursing Assistant

 

  Minimum Requirements
Professional Qualification A High School Diploma or hold a Certificate of high school equivalency; and Successful completion of a Nursing Assistant Program from an accredited institute/college/university.
Clinical Work Experience A minimum of one (1) year of work experience as a Nursing Assistant. Professional License A current license/registration to practice as a Certified Nursing Assistant.
Certificate of Good Standing (CGS) Issued in the last six (6) months from jurisdictions (licensing authority/professional membership body) in which the Applicant holds current license/registration to practice.
English Proficiency Test Required if the graduate’s education was not taught in English. TOEFL – a minimum score of 550; or IELTS – a minimum band of 6.0 or equivalent.
DHCA Licensing Exam Required

DHCA Exam Guidelines

  • Applicants can only register for the exam after the application review process has been completed. The applicant will then be given an Eligibility ID to register for the exam. To begin the application review process, kindly follow the link to register a profile and submit an application
  • Passing the DHCA Exam does not automatically guarantee a license to practice in DHCC. The license issuance process will be subject to the verification of the candidate’s credentials and submission of all necessary documents
  • DHCA Exam Eligibility ID is valid only for 3 months from the date of issue.
  • A candidate can have a maximum of 3 attempts per DHCA exam.
  • The result is available immediately once the exam is completed.

To get the nursing license, you will have to complete the above-mentioned qualification and apply for the license.

The fees required are -

 

Initial Application Fees AED 1000
Application Processing Fees

AED 1000 - With Previous PSV

AED 1300 - Without Previous PSV

License Card Fees AED 520
Urgent Applications AED 1000

 

License Renewal

The steps are -

  1. Apply online
  2. Application Fee Payment
  3. Submit Requested Information (If applicable)
  4. PLD Team review/approval
  5. Issue license

The documents required are -

  • Proof of Continuity of Practice/ Certificate of Employment from all facilities within DHCC at which the applicant is currently practising.
  • Valid UAE medical malpractice insurance (MMI).
  • Valid Lifesaver course (BLS/ACLS/ATLS/PALS etc), as applicable
  • The CPD activities and the CPD points earned during the two years licensure period
  • Proof of registration completion with Al Maktoum Medical Library (AMML).

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