Trained outside Europe

Information for nurses and midwives who trained outside of the EU or EEA countries

Qualification, Training & Experience

To satisfy ourselves that the applicant is capable of practising safely and effectively in the UK as a nurse or midwife we will assess their qualification, training and experience against our standards. 

We will consider whether the applicant has undertaken the necessary post-qualifying practice and experience in each area of nursing or midwifery deemed appropriate for the part of the Register for which they are applying.


Changes to the application process for non-EU/EEA educated applicants in October 2014

From October 2014, we will launch a revised registration application process for all new non-EU/EEA educated applicants. We have produced a basic guide to the changes, which explains the new process for applying from 1 October 2014. Applications received before this date will be dealt with under our current arrangements.

Guide to changes in overseas application process [PDF]

We will publish a more detailed candidate booklet and online guidance ahead of the formal system launch in October.

Current application process (to October 2014)

  • If you request an application pack and submit the pack to us, the NMC will charge a £140 administrative fee. This fee has been set at £140, and has been calculated to cover the administration costs of the application process.

If you are thinking of applying to be a nurse or midwife in the UK, read the following information.

If we sent you an application pack at this point you would not have enough time to receive, prepare and submit the required information before the process change in October 2014. As a result, we have withdrawn our overseas application request form until the new process has been launched. 

You will be able to apply under the new process at the beginning of October 2014.

When you apply you must have been practising as a registered nurse or midwife for at least 12 months (full-time or the part-time equivalent) after qualifying. Also, if you have been qualified for longer than this, you must have practised for at least 450 hours in the previous three years. You must also meet our English language requirements, with an international English language test (IELTS) score of 7.0.

You should be aware that you will, separately, be required to meet the full requirements of the UK’s immigration processes.

On completion of the initial application process, a full application pack will be sent to you for completion. When you receive the full application pack, the forms must be completed and returned by post to the contact address indicated.

As of August 2013, applicants are required to attend a face to face identification check at our office in London, after completion of the Overseas Nursing Programme (ONP). At the ID interview you must produce the original versions of the documents you sent photocopies of. We will undertake final checks on your previous registration, and take a photograph for our records.

We cannot issue you with a Pin or place you on the our register until you have satisfied the requirements of this check. Please do not attempt to make an identity check appointment until you have been contacted by us, asking you to book one.

Information for nurses

How we will assess your application

Applicants must have attended and completed a nursing training programme equivalent to 4,600 hours to be considered for admission to the NMC Nursing Register.

The 4,600 hours of nursing training must include the following clinical areas:

• General and specialist medicine
• General and specialist surgery
• Childcare and paediatrics
• Maternity (obstetric) care
• Mental health and psychiatry
• Care of the elderly
• Community/primary care nursing

In addition the 4,600 hours must comprise:

• at least a third theory (i.e. 1,533 hours)
• at least a half clinical (i.e. 2,300 hours)

Applicants who meet a minimum threshold but who do not meet the above requirements can address any short fall either by providing additional evidence of pre-requisite programmes undertaken or through completion of post registration practice.

The minimum thresholds which must be met for any consideration to be made are 1000 hours of theory and 1267 hours of clinical practice from their original training. Applications that do not achieve this level will be rejected

All applicants will be required to undertake 20 days Protected Learning Time (PLT) and a programme of supervised practice (ONP) for a minimum of three months.

Information for midwives

If your application had met our minimum standards, you would have been required to complete one of these programmes.

There is currently only one approved midwifery adaptation course running in the UK, from Kingston University at St George's Hospital, Tooting, London. More information on this course.

You cannot work as a midwife in the United Kingdom without completing this programme. Please use the link below to keep up to date with current availability.

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