how to register as a foreign trained nurse in nigeria

Are a a foreign nursing graduate and wants to practice the noble profession in Nigeria? Are you interested in knowing the steps you are expected to take in order to get license to practice nursing in Nigeria? You have come to the right page: This article is for you. In this post, you’ll find all you need to know about how to register as a foreign trained nurse in Nigeria. The process can take six to 18 months, facilitated by following steps, according to the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria.


Types of Registration for Foreign Trained Nurses

There are Two (2) types of registration for foreign trained nurses:
i.  Those That Registered In Their Country Of Training
ii. Those That Did Not Register In Their Country Of Training

Steps for Registration of Foreign Trained Nurses who Registered in their Countries of Training

  • Filling and submission of application form Click here to register
  • Request your Foreign Nursing Registration Board/Authority to send a letter of good standing directly to the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria.
  • Request foreign institution(s) to send official Academic Transcripts of all nursing courses directly to the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria. It is the applicant responsibility to arrange and pay all necessary transcript fees as may be required by the Foreign University/College.
  • Request the Federal Ministry of Education in Nigeria to authenticate the Institution(s) which you attended and certificate(s).
  • Undergo screening
  • Posting to selected institution
  • On-site training cum clinical posting
  • Write the licensing and registration examination
  • Apply for registration and licensing if you successfully pass the licensing exams.
  • One-year internship.

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Cost Breakdown

  • Application fee ₦45,500 (non-refundable)
  • Evaluation of Certificates ( School Leaving and Degree certificate with the federal ministry of education ₦5,000) P.S: this can vary and depends on if you are doing it yourself or you are using an agent or someone else. If you are going to the Federal Ministry Of Education yourself, you will have to consider the cost of transportation and accomodation in Abuja.
  • Adaptation Program Fee ₦188,000
  • Accommodation fee ( based on location and proximity to the institution)
  • Miscellaneous e.g precouncil examination fee, uniform, transportation, feeding and so on.

Requirements for Registration of Foreign Trained Nurses from Sudan, Republic of Niger, Republic of Benin and other Francophobe Countries

It is mandatory that graduates of Foreign Nursing schools register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria and obtain licence to practice prior to their professional practice in Nigeria. The registration and licencing process can be facilitated by taking the following steps: In addition to the requirements above:

  1. Applicant must possess a minimum of five (5) credits in English, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics in not more than two (2) sittings in WACE/SSCE or GCE or NECO.
  2. Applicants who are citizens of Republic of Benin, Niger and other francophone countries should provide clearance from Immigration, Nigerian Police and Directorate of State Security Services.
  3. Applicants are to present evidence of residence permit for the period of study in the country of training.
  4. Letter of identification from the school indicating the duration of training
  5. Evidence of stamped international passport for exit and entry into the country for the duration of training
  6. The programme must not be an online or part time programme
  7. Applicants who are citizens of francophone countries must present evidence of English language proficiency.
  8. Applicants must obtain Indexing Number from the Council before the commencement of the programme.
  9. Applicants must undergo 18 months training in an approved School of Nursing in Nigeria, and must sit for the Council’s Professional Examinations.
  10. Payment of current registration and licencing fees if applicant is successful in the Council’s Professional Examination.

Re – Issuance of Lost Notification of Registration

  1. Hand Written Application.
  2. Letter of Identification from Training School in the School’s Letter Headed Paper, stamped and signed by the Principal.
  3. Letter of Identification from the Nursing Officer in Charge of the Hospital/Health Centre/Clinic where applicant is presently employed (for Nurses trained outside Nigeria).
  4. Original Sworn Court Affidavit.
  5. Original Police Report.
  6. Photocopy of the Lost Notification letter.
  7. Original teller of non refundable payment of Eight Thousand Seven Hundred and Fifty Naira (N8,750) only into Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria.
  8. Two recent identical coloured Passport sized Photographs.

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Requirements for Issuance of License

The requirements for Issuance of Licence are as follows:
First Licencing after Graduation

  • Identification letter from the school of training.
  • Completed Licencing form.
  • Photocopies of certificates of previous registrations as applicable.
  • Two (2) recent identical coloured passport photographs with white backgound.
  • Original evidence of Payment of N10,500 on Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria platform through REMITA (TSA).

Renewal of Licence

Section 5 of Amended Decree 54 of 1988 enforces the renewal of nurses’ licenses, which are renewable every three years. The current renewal fee is N10,500 for three years, with a penalty of N5,250 for each year of default. These fees are subject to periodic review.


Requirements for Renewal of Licence

  • Completed Licensing form.
  • Two (2) recent identical coloured passport photographs with white background.
  • Expired licence.
  • Photocopies of certificates of registration.
  • Photocopy of certificate of attendance for Mandatory Continuing Professional Development Programme (MCPDP).
  • Original evidence of Payment of N10,500 for renewal and penalty of N5,250 for each year of default on Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria’s platform through REMITA (TSA).

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