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How to Pass the DHA Exam Easily? 8 Exam Tips to Get a DHA License

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Are you a healthcare professional wanting to pursue your career in Dubai? If yes, the DHA exam is your first milestone. Healthcare professionals in Dubai need a DHA (Dubai Health Authority) license to pursue their careers. The DHA license is issued by the Health Regulation Department (HRD) of Dubai. If you wish to advance your career in the healthcare industry, you have to pass the DHA exam.  

You have read about the purpose of the DHA exam. Now, who can pursue this exam?  

Listed below are the healthcare professionals who can apply for a DHA license:

  • Doctors
  • Dentists
  • Nurses
  • Pharmacists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Medical lab technician
  • Radiographer 
  • Allied Healthcare


What is DHA? The DHA stands for Dubai Health Authority, an establishment by the Department of Health and Medical Services issued by Law 13 to enhance the health sector and exclusively focus on health service delivery.The DHA Health Regulation Department (HRD) is the responsible body for licensed healthcare professionals. HRD issues licenses for those who have the proper skills and qualifications to provide quality healthcare services in Dubai. The DHA's aim in Dubai is to provide an effective healthcare system and protect residents' public health in the UAE.

DHA Exam Tips to Get your DHA License

If you are preparing for a Health Regulation Department (DHA) exam, here are some steps you should follow. Read below to know the critical factors that you must be aware of:

  • Syllabus 

Get to know about the syllabus. Have a good idea about the syllabus of the DHA exam and learn about the exam pattern. According to your profession, take time to research the syllabus and its content. Make sure you are thorough with different chapters. The syllabus is different for other healthcare workers depending on your profession. 

  • Time of exam

Before starting the preparation for the exam, ensure that you are clear about the period of the DHA exam. The Dubai Prometric exam is 2 hours now. It consists of multiple-choice questions. Arrange your time accordingly before you start writing the exam. Be prepared to skip any of the questions. 

  • Mock Tests

Attend Mock Tests. Whether you are well pn an idea of how the test paper is. You will also understand the pattern of questions, the marking system and your level of knowledge in the subject. Generally, mock tests contain relevant healthcare exams like DHA, HAAD, Prometric, nclex, AND moh. There are also several free mock tests. You can also prepare for the exams with practical online or offline DHA training.

  • Previous question papers

Be it any exam, revising previous year question papers will always be highly advantageous. Once you collect the previous year question paper from your seniors, you can easily understand the pattern of the test and the type of questions. Calculate the time you will require to solve the form. Previous year question papers can help the students to score well in the exams. Solving previous year question papers is very important. Before you randomly search for answers, try:

  • Do not find the answers initially
  • Set a timer
  • Settle yourself as if you are writing the real test
  • Read the instructions
  • Solve the previous year question paper
  • Refer the answers
  • Analyse where you can spend more time
  • Understand where you can skip questions

In this way, you will understand how you will be able to attend the exam. This will not only help you understand the test paper and questions, but you can also efficiently

  • Type of tests

Generally, there are both oral and computer-based tests available for the DHA exam for healthcare professionals. The assessment will be conducted either oral or online test (Prometric) depending on professional speciality. So, you must be aware of the type of test you will attend. Also, ensure that you are comfortable attending the kind of test you choose. Depending on the healthcare professional's category, DHA assessment can be either Computer-Based Testing (CBT) or Oral assessment.

  • Know about the Score

Do you know about the total score required to pass your exams? The DHA tests are scored on a scale of zero to 100. To give, you'll need to earn at least 60 points. This scoring pattern applies to all DHA exams. What if you fail your DHA exam? If you fail the DHA exam, you will be required to apply again to re-attend the exam. However, there are no time restrictions to re-attend exams.

Other Requirements 

As in any exam, there are also several documents required to attend your DHA exams. Below listed are the documents that you should be sure of keeping with yourself:

  • A recent photograph (passport size)
  • Copy of your valid passport.
  • Your educational qualifications.
  • Your experience certificates.
  • Practice license or registration.
  • The Good Standing Certificate (GSC)
  • A 2-year surgical logbook (for surgeons)
  • A medical fitness test in case the applicant is aged 65 and above.

Make sure that you are on time for the exam with these documents. You must also ensure with your peer professionals regarding the papers. There can also be special requirements according to the healthcare profession you follow.

Read More about How to Get a Medical License to Practice in Dubai?

  • Revise

We have always heard the word ‘Revise’ back then from our school days. Revise the syllabus and keep yourself updated. Be prepared to write the exam. Mock Tests and previous year question papers can be beneficial. 

Lets Conclude

Apart from the steps mentioned above, it would help if you also were precise about various other factors. Focus more time on study materials and guides, which will help you to know your subject in easy language. Attend classes online or offline according to your preference. Today there are live classes available through Skype on various websites. Update yourself about these resources and involve in the complete courses. If you are a dedicated healthcare professional, you are ready to pass your DHA examination!

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Blessy Babu is an English Language Associate with over seven years of experience teaching various language courses such as IELTS, OET, TOEFL, PTE, SAT, GRE & GMAT. She attained her Master’s Degree in English Literature along with a second Masters's in Counseling and Psychology. Besides, these master's degrees she gained an advanced diploma in creative writing, which perfectly enhances her writing skills. She has authored a book that contains multiple essay writing models to help learners boost their essay writing skills and styles.

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