The process is slightly different for nurses who have trained in Ghana or other countries that are outside the European Economic Area (EEA). So, if you’re a trained nurse from Ghana or similar country, you need to acquire several additional qualifications before becoming registered as a nurse. More specifically, the NMC requires you to undergo a 2-part application process.
Part One – Test of Competence (CBT)
The test of competence is given to determine the applicant’s knowledge and understanding of professional skills at the given level. This examination is in accordance with NMC’s pre-registration standards and requirements for all nurses. There are specific qualifications for:
Adult (general) nursing
Learning disabilities nursing
Mental health nursing
NMC’s standards help in evaluating the applicant’s professional values, decision-making abilities, communication skills and leadership.
Once an applicant passes this eligibility assessment, they can proceed to sit for the first part — the test of competence. CBT is a computer-based test, which assesses the applicant’s theoretical knowledge in the nursing field. The format of this test is multiple choice, and it can be carried out in centres across the globe. If you want to book or pay for this test, you should contact Pearson Vue, which is NMC’s official test provider.
Part Two – Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)
Unlike the first test which is purely theoretical for the nursing practice, the OSCE is practical-based, and it’s conducted upon the applicant’s arrival in the UK.
The test consists of a bunch of stations, whereby every applicant is examined on a one-to-one basis by one or more impartial examiners. Every station has a different examiner and either a real or simulated patient. The interested candidates go through each station until they complete all the stations in their circuit.
During this examination, candidates are expected to display safe and effective practice. Each station has a specific pass mark. The applicant’s sum of pass marks is tallied to determine his or her overall score for the OSCE test.
Another critical thing to note is that the OSCE exam can be taken in different universities throughout the UK. Once the NMC authorises you to do this test, you’ll need to contact the university directly.
In addition to the job-related tests, Ghanaian nurses should also meet the NMC’s English language standards. This can be achieved by:
Successfully completing a language test like the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
Providing proof that the nursing programme they attended was taught in English and that no less than 50% of this course involved clinical interaction using English.
You can read more from here or download the 24 pages pdf.
After completing all the rigorous tests, you will undergo a face-to-face identification check at the NMC office in London. For this process, you should present the original copies of the documents you photocopied and sent during the application. The NMC officials will make final checks of your initial registration and take a picture for their records.
When the NMC is notified of the candidate’s completion of the OSCE test and the ID check, the applicant is invited to make a final declaration and payment for registration. Once you’ve done this, you will receive your PIN verifying that you are a fully-qualified nurse who can work full time. Your listing will also be available online on NMC’s records.