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Admission Criteria

BSN program:

1. UAE Curriculum:

An aggregate of 70% in the grade 12 science stream/ Advanced stream of UAE GSEC of Ministry of Education. Preference in admission will be given to those with high scores in Biology and Chemistry/Physics or EMSAT score whichever is higher.

Abu Dhabi Education Council stream students should similarly have 70% aggregate. Preference in admission will be given to those with high scores in Advanced Biology(level 3) and Advanced Chemistry( level 3) or EMSAT score whichever is higher.

2. Admission test covering the four main science subjects (Maths, Physics, Biology and Chemistry)

3. Admission Interviews English language requirements for BSN program: An Emirates Standardized Test (EmSAT) score of 1100 for English Language or an equivalent English Proficiency Test approved by the CAA. (TOEFL score of 500 in paper-based test OR 61 in internet based test OR Academic IELTS score of 5). Those not meeting English Language requirements can be conditionally admitted, that is those with TOEFL between 450 but less than 500, EmSAT 950 but less than 1100 or between 4.5 and 5 in IELTS. After one semester upon meeting the English Language Requirements stipulated, they can proceed to the second semester.

As Registered Nurses employed in UAE hold Associate Degree/ Diploma in nursing from accredited nursing colleges, in order to join the RN-BSN Bridge program, the following admission requirements should be fulfilled:

The Registered Nurse should have completed the Associate Degree/Diploma in Nursing of 3 year duration from an accredited school of nursing with at least 65%-70% aggregate (by adding 1%of credit for every one year of experience up to a maximum of 5% credit).

The following documents are to be submitted to fulfill admission requirements:

  • RN Licensure from the country of origin.
  • Should produce grade 12/high school completed and attested mark sheet and obtain Equivalency for the same from Ministry of Education (MoE,UAE). Two to six years of clinical working experience in hospital/community center after completion of Associate Degrees / Diploma in Nursing depending on aggregate marks secured
  • TOEFL passed with minimum 500 points (in paper based) or IELTS with a score of 5.0 or EmSAT Achieve English score of 1100.
  • Should have obtained Equivalency Certificate from Ministry of Education (MoE) for the 3 year Diploma in Nursing/Associate Degree.
  • Should have completed the following prerequisites courses in the Associate Degree/ Diploma in Nursing.

  1. General Education Courses: English, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics
  2. Humanities and Social Science Courses: Introduction to Psychology; Microbiology; Pathology; Anatomy and Physiology - 1 & 2; Biochemistry; Human Nutrition; Sociology
  3. Nursing Courses: Fundamentals of Nursing, Pharmacology in Nursing, Medical - Surgical Nursing - 1 & 2, Community Health Nursing - 1, Pediatric Nursing, Psychiatric Nursing, Gynecological and Maternity Nursing.

Those not meeting English Language requirements can be conditionally admitted, that is those with TOEFL between 450 but less than 500, EmSAT 950 but less than 1100 or between 4.5 and 5 in IELTS. After one semester upon meeting the English Language Requirements stipulated, they can proceed to the second semester.

Foreign Higher Secondary School Certificates:

The following is a list of certificates and the corresponding minimum levels of performance required for admission to RAKMHSU programs. These certificates and levels of achievement serve as guidelines for admission to RAKMHSU programs.

Foreign 12th grade Curriculum Equivalencies:

  1. American Curriculum: An aggregate score of 70% is required. Preference in admission will be given to those with high scores in Biology and Chemistry/Physics. If Biology is not taken in 12th Grade, a SAT II score of 550 in Biology is required.
  2. Pakistan Boards/Certificate: Higher Secondary School Certificate with aggregate of 55% can apply. Preference in admission will be given to those with high scores in Biology and Chemistry/Physics (Part 1 and Part 2 total).
  3. Indian Curriculum: All India Senior School Certificate XII Std. CBSE/ISCE exams with 55% aggregate can apply. However, preference in admission will be given to those with high scores in Biology and Chemistry/Physics courses.
    Indian State Board: 60% aggregate can apply. However, preference in admission will be given to those with high scores in Biology and Chemistry/Physics courses.
    Applicants from any other foreign educational curriculum not listed above must have secured a minimum aggregate equivalent to UAE curriculum 70 % as per World Education Standards.

NOTE: Attestations & Equivalency Certificate mandatory prior to admission:

  1. Prior to admission, all students who studied foreign curriculum in UAE must produce the Equivalency Certificate from the Ministry of Education of the emirate in which studied. To obtain the same, students should visit the Ministry of Education and submit their Arabic and Islamic results for the grades 10, 11 and 12 (For Muslims).
  2. For students who studied foreign curriculum in UAE, attestation (official seal & stamp) of certificates grade 10 onwards until grade 12 by Ministry of Education is also mandatory.
  3. Students who studied foreign curriculum outside UAE, must obtain attestation (official seal & stamp) of school grade sheets, 10th grade upwards until 12th by Ministry of Education in the country of study, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and UAE consulate in that country.

English language requirement validity: Please note that the validity of TOEFL paper based test & IELTS is two years only and for Emsat English score is 18 months and these scores should be valid at the time of registration to any of our programs (Sept 1) when the new academic year begins.

How to Apply

The admission procedure/important dates are announced on the RAKMHSU website and in the flyers and brochures distributed.

For MBBS, BDS, B.Pharm, BSN, RNBSN Programs:

Each applicant must complete the online application form available on the University

Website: www.rakmhsu.ac.ae

The online application form is to be filled in and submitted as per the admission dates announced by the University. Late applicants will be received until the date mentioned in the website subject to availability of seats. Individual candidates will be informed about his/her selection subject to meeting admission requirements.

The following original documents are required to be shown as part of verification process during admission:

  • Grade 12 marksheet authenticated/attested by the relevant Ministry of Education of the country of study.
  • Original TOEFL/IELTS score (not more than two years old)
  • Certificate of good conduct OR Reference letter to be obtained on the school/college letterhead.
  • 05 recent and identical passport size photographs.
  • Copy of the passport.
  • Copy of the visa, in case if the student is already a resident of UAE.

Minimum eligibility for RN-BSN Bridge program:

As Registered Nurses employed in UAE hold Associate Degree/ Diploma in nursing from accredited nursing colleges, in order to join the RN-BSN Bridge program, the following admission requirements should be fulfilled:

The Registered Nurse should have completed the Associate Degree/Diploma in Nursing of 3 year duration from an accredited school of nursing with at least 65%-70% aggregate (by adding 1% of credit for every one year of experience up to a maximum of 5% credit).

Conditional Admission for two categories: those between 65% -70% & also 4.5 to 5 IELTS & 950-1100 EmSAT & TOEFL 450-500.

The following documents are to be submitted to fulfill admission requirements:

  • RN licensure from the country of origin.
  • Should produce grade 12/high school completed and attested mark sheet and 2 to 6 years of clinical working experience in hospital/community center after completion of Associate Degrees / Diploma in Nursing depending on aggregate marks secured
  • Proficiency in English equivalent to a TOEFL score of 500 in paper-based test, 61 in internet based test or 173 in computer based test OR Academic IELTS score of 5 OR EmSAT Achieve- English score of minimum 1100.
  • Should have obtained Equivalency Certificate from Ministry of Education (MOE) for the 3 year Diploma in Nursing/Associate Degree.
  • Should have completed the following prerequisites courses in the Associate Degree/ Diploma in Nursing.


  1. General Education Courses: English, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics.
  2. Humanities and Social Science Courses: Introduction to Psychology; Microbiology; Pathology; Anatomy and Physiology – 1 & 2; Biochemistry; Human Nutrition; Sociology.
  3. Nursing Courses: Fundamentals of Nursing, Pharmacology in Nursing, Medical – Surgical Nursing – 1 & 2, Community Health Nursing – 1, Pediatric Nursing, Psychiatric Nursing, Gynecological and Maternity Nursing
Adult Health & Gerontology Nursing, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing, Pediatric Nursing, Community Health Nursing specialty & Master of Science in Midwifery

  1. Admissions are open to students of all nationalities. Admission of international students will also depend on UAE immigration regulations regarding student visa. Admission to all programs based on merit.
    • Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree with minimum CGPA (Cumulative Grade Point Average) of 2.5 on a 0 scale or equivalent.
    • Proficiency in English equivalent to a TOEFL score of 550 in paper-based test, 79 in internet based test or 213 in computer based test OR Academic IELTS score of 6 OR EmSAT Achieve- English score of 1400 - 1525 OR equivalent tests prescribed by Ministry is required.
    • One year of clinical experience in the area of Specialty for BSN applicants. They are as follows:
      • Either adult or community health related experience is necessary for the adult health & gerontology nursing specialization.
      • Either adult or community health related experience is necessary for the community health nursing specialization.
      • Either pediatric or community health related experience with evidence that this has included pediatrics is necessary for the pediatric nursing specialization.
      • Midwifery experience is necessary for the Master of Science in Midwifery.
      • Psychiatric Mental Health experiences is necessary for the Psychiatric Mental Health specialization. Or 2-years post-diploma for the RN-BSN-qualified applicants
      • RN-Licensure from country of origin.
      Prior to admission, the eligible applicants for the Master Program are to attend an Interview with Dean and faculty.
      Exemption from English Test for those who studied undergraduate in UK, US, Australia, New Zealand
  2. May conditionally admit students to a QFEmirates level 9 graduate program with a recognized Bachelor’s degree and a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale or its established equivalent. Such a student must take a maximum of nine credit hours of courses studied for the graduate program during the period of conditional admission and must achieve a minimum CGPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or its established equivalent, in these nine credits of courses studied for the graduate program or be subject to dismissal.
  3. May admit students to a QFEmirates level 9 graduate program with a recognized Bachelor’s degree and a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale or its established equivalent to a maximum of nine graduate-level credit hours as remedial preparation for the graduate program. These remedial courses are not for credit within the degree program. The student must achieve a minimum CGPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or its established equivalent, in these nine credits of remedial courses in order to progress to the graduate program or be subject to dismissal.

Remedial preparation for the graduate programs(MSN & MSM):

A student with a recognized Bachelor’s degree and a minimum CGPA of 2.0 to less than 2.5 on a scale of 4.0 or its established equivalent. Such a student must take a minimum of 9 credit hours has remedial preparation for the Graduate program. These remedial course are not for credit within the degree program.

The student must achieve a minimum CGPA of 3.0 on scale of 4.0 or its established equivalent in these 9 credits of remedial courses in order to progress to the graduate program or be subject to dismissal.

Conversion Program leading to BSN:

Pathway from enrolment in Conversion program, leading to admission into BSN program at RAKMHSU. Based on the agreement signed by Ministry of Health & Prevention (MOHAP) and RAKMHSU, UAE Nationals who have completed Arts stream of UAE curriculum/12th grade with 75% or above aggregate can apply to Ministry of Health & Prevention (MOHAP) for sponsorship to join Conversion Program within the dates mentioned by them. MOHAP will provide the final list of the students selected for sponsorship to RAKMHSU.

All other nationalities from Arts stream who wish to join the Conversion Program have to remit AED 13,000 after fulfilling admissions requirement.

The duration of the Conversion Program is 16 weeks. Upon passing the Conversion Program with a GPA of 2, and upon meeting the English Language requirements (IELTS with a score of 5 or TOEFL paper based test with a score of 500), EmSAT Achieve- English score of 1100 – 1225, students will be eligible for admission to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program.

Note: UAE Nationals from Advanced/Science stream who fulfill all the requirements for the BSN program at RAK MHSU may directly approach MOH for sponsorship.