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The objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) is a practical exam designed to test your theoretical knowledge applied to clinical practice.

The exam will reflect clinical practice you’re likely to encounter in the United Kingdom, so you should approach the OSCE in the same way you would in clinical practice.

The OSCE is made up of six stations.

Three of the stations are scenario based where you’ll follow a person through a series of clinical situations. In these stations you’ll be asked to demonstrate ongoing assessment, implementing care and ongoing care for an individual person in a variety of care settings.

The other three stations are based on clinical skills unrelated to the scenario.

Why do I need to take the exam?

The OSCE is designed to assess whether you can demonstrate competency and confidently apply your professional knowledge to the clinical environment safely and effectively in the United Kingdom.

This is so we can be sure that you’re able to deliver the high standards of care expected from the nurses and midwives on our register.