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Pearson, the world’s leading learning company, has announced that its Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic can now be taken by people around the globe looking to practice nursing and other healthcare-related roles in the US and Australia including aspirants from the UAE.

Along with being accepted by government bodies, PTE Academic is accepted by several medical agencies globally, including the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC), and the Graduate Entry Medical School Admissions System (GEMSAS). Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the US Department of Health and Human Services, added PTE to its list of approved English Language testing services for foreign healthcare workers earlier this year.

As aspiring nurses from UAE and the MENA region look abroad to countries like the US, UK, Australia and New Zealand to pursue their higher education and build a career in healthcare, they need to prove their English language proficiency. A test like the PTE (Pearson Test of English) is the best option as it is accepted by 3,000 academic institutions worldwide. It can now be taken by workers who wish to go to the US to work in one of the identified seven non-physician health professions, including registered nurses, licensed practical or vocational nurses, and clinical and medical technicians.

Ipek Aydin, Head of PTE for the Middle East & North Africa commented: “Pursuing a healthcare career abroad is a long-term commitment and is not just monetarily rewarding but also a promising one. With approximately 89% of the UAE’s population being expatriates, moving abroad for higher education and job opportunities is common including those in the healthcare sector. The demand for medical professionals is ever-growing as it is a dynamic & high-pressure industry that is currently a job-seekers market. With the PTE Academic, Pearson aims to support those aspiring professionals in the UAE who wish to move and work abroad. The test will help them fulfil their English proficiency requirements and achieve their dreams. ”

Replacements for retired healthcare workers have also resulted in a global shortage of six million nurses, increasing international demand, with an estimated near-three million overseas healthcare workers in the US alone in 2021.

Australia is also welcoming new healthcare professionals with visa changes that provide skilled migrant workers new ways to earn permanent residency in the country. The healthcare and social assistance industry is the largest employing industry in Australia and is forecast to hit 2 million employees in the country by 2025, showcasing plenty of opportunities for aspiring healthcare professionals.

The PTE Academic test is now recognized as a viable option in the path toward working abroad and earning permanent residency. Professionals who are keen to start their international journey in healthcare can take the computer-based PTE Academic at any of the 412 test centres in 117 countries, at a convenient time slot, 365 days a year and receive their results in 48 hours.

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