Nursing studies

OSCE: what does it involve and how can I pass it?

If you’re a nursing student with an objective structured clinical examination coming up, here’s how to give yourself the best chance to show what you know

If you’re a nursing student with an objective structured clinical examination coming up, here’s how to give yourself the best chance to show what you know

What is an OSCE?

An objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) is a practical exam in which students perform one or more skills in front of an examiner and are tested on the underpinning clinical and theoretical knowledge.

OSCEs can be undertaken in pre-registration and post-registration courses and are used by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) to assess nurses from overseas who want to join the UK register. They can be used as assessments and as part of learning.

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