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)?

There has been a huge boom in the health care sector in the past few years. To tap the potential in the healthcare sector, a businessman can consider acquiring a nursing license in DHCC Dubai which is a dedicated free zone for healthcare in Dubai.

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 practices in healthcare delivery and patient care within the free trade zone.

About Dubai Healthcare City

Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC) was established in the year 2002 so that core healthcare services could be brought under one roof. Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC) is a free zone mandated to meet the demand for high-quality healthcare services and provide patient-centric amenities.

Through strategic partnerships, DHCC brings together a wealth of services in healthcare, medical education and research, pharmaceuticals, medical equipment, wellness and allied support. People from all over the world arrive here to take advantage of the latest medical technologies and new and improved medical techniques.

Nursing License in DHCC Free Zone

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

Different 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 the 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; a Registered Nurse license; and A letter from the issuing authority stating that there are no license titles 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

  • Paediatric 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 a 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's 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).

The different types of nurses and the qualification requirements for them are mentioned above. For any more information about Nursing License or Setting up a business in DHCC Dubai, feel free to Contact us.

FAQs

What is the current scenario of health care in UAE?

UAE has some of the finest healthcare services in the world. There are state of the art hospitals and clinics and the country also has an adequate patient to doctor’s ratio at 181 per 100,000 residents.

When was Dubai Healthcare City established?

Dubai Healthcare City was established in the year 2002.

How to get a DHCC License?

You can apply for a license on the online portal and submit all the required documents on the DHCR Website

Many types of Nurses are available in DHCC?

Following are the different types of Nurses available in DHCC:

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

What is the future of Healthcare in the UAE?

By the year 2040 it is expected that the healthcare spending will double to $47.5 billion.

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