Osce Exam

What is the NMC OSCE Exam?

All overseas nurses need to complete two tests (CBT & OSCE) known as the Test of Competence (ToC) set by the NMC. The OSCE (The Objective Structured Clinical Examination) is part two of the ToC. In this test, examiners will assess the candidate’s communication skills and knowledge of the clinical area. They will check the candidate’s practical skills against the current UK pre-registration standards.

How many stations are in the OSCE exam?

There are ten stations in the Adult Nursing OSCE. Four stations test APIE (Assessment, Planning, Implementation and Evaluation) skills. For Adult Nursing, the scenarios given at the APIE stations can include the following:

  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Asthma
  • Chronic Heart Failure
  • Community Assessment Diabetes
  • Ectopic Pregnancy
  • End of Life
  • Fall and Fracture
  • Hernia
  • Homelessness
  • Pneumonia
  • Subdural Haematoma

A further four stations will test you on two pairs of skills together. Finally, two silent written stations will assess you on professional values and behaviours, and on evidence-based practice.

Nurse Educators with a highly vast experience in OSCE Training and assessment conduct our preparatory OSCE workshops. Why not give us a call to discuss your OSCE training needs? By preparing with us you will give yourself a high chance of passing the OSCE test and part 2, Test of Competence in your first attempt.

Health Skills Training provides onsite OSCE face to face training and OSCE online learning.
Our next onsite OSCE face to face training dates in Manchester & London are available under our ‘Onsite Training’ page
Go to our ‘Courses’ tab at the top left of our website, then select ‘Onsite Training’ to view available face to face training dates till December 2024
Contact +44 161 743 4626 or +44 7711 554472 for more information.

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How much does it cost?

The fee for the full OSCE is £794. The resit under 7 stations cost £397. However, you need to pass the OSCE in a maximum of three attempts.

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Where can you take the OSCE Test?

How to book the OSCE?

In order to book your OSCE, you need to apply for the initial registration on NMC Online. After the NMC checks your eligibility and reviews your qualification, they will invite you to complete CBT and OSCE. This will be confirmed via email.

Booking the OSCE Test, who can help me?

Book the OSCE Test with us, we will help you find the ideal exam centre, book your test for you and send you confirmation of your booked test.
Contact us to find the exam date, location and any questions about booking OSCE.

When do I get the OSCE result?

Your OSCE result is usually sent by email from the test centre and can take up to 3 to 5 working days. You can check this on the test centre websites.