If you’re an aspirant that wants to study nursing in Nigeria, a concerned parent/guardian, or just a neutral individual hoping to get information on how to apply and study nursing in Nigeria, you’re at the right place! In this article, we will be giving out all relevant information you need to know before applying to study nursing in Nigeria.
These include documents/certificates required for entry into nursing school, types of institutions where nursing can be studied in Nigeria, minimum age required, etc.
Nursing is currently one of the most sought after courses in the country right now. More of it due to the fact that its role in the health care system (society at large) is vital, as such an health care facility would struggle to function without one (that’s if it gets to function at all).
Well maybe it’s because of the general conception that jobs are always available, and the medical field is one that is hardly ever saturated.
Requirements to Study Nursing In Nigeria
Before you can study nursing in any of the approved higher institutions, you must have at least five (5) O’level credit passes in the following subjects:
• English Language
• Chemistry, and
All credits should be gotten at not more than two (2) sittings from any of the following examinations:
• West African Examination Council (WAEC)
• National Examination Council (NECO)
• National Business and Technical Examinations Board (NABTEB)
NOTE: GSCE and/or GCE cannot be used.
Okay, now that you know the approved certificates that can be used to apply to study nursing in Nigeria, let’s look at the types institutions where we can study nursing in the country.
Institutions Where Nursing can be studied in Nigeria
There are two platforms/institutions where one can attain a degree in nursing, and become a legitimate, and registered nurse. They are;
1. General Nursing Program
General nursing program is conducted by schools dedicated for nurses. It is known as the basic nursing program in Nigeria, commonly referred to by the public as “School Of Nursing”. Once admitted, students are expected to complete the course which spans for three years. Upon completion, and evaluation by NMCN, a certificate is given making you a registered nurse.
For better qualifications you are expected to apply for the Basic Midwifery Program, after completion you will become a registered midwife.
As a registered nurse or midwife you will receive a practicing license, this will enable you start a practice-study program with a year of professional on-the-job training. This helps gather experience as you will be practicing in a hospital, working towards a clinical specialization.
A nurse can be specialized in any of the following programs; ambulatory care, camp nursing, bariatric, community health, complimentary health, critical care, etc.
NOTE: According to NMCN, the acceptable minimum-maximum age range for admission into the General Nursing Program (Basic Nursing), and Basic Midwifery training programme is currently 16-35 years.
2. Bachelor of Nursing sciences (BNSc)
This is conducted by universities that offers nursing programs in Nigeria.
Unlike schools dedicated for nursing students only, to study nursing in the university, an aspiring student will go through the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) screening exam, and attain a pass mark of at least 200 (180 in some schools).
This makes them eligible for a second screening that is done by the university they applied for.
If admitted, students are required to complete the course which spans for five years, at the end they will be issued a bachelor degree nursing which is equivalent to the certificate given in the general nursing program, they are also given the registered midwife certificate, and also give registered public health certificate.
Apart from the O’level certificate requirement which is listed above, some universities can accept any additional qualification from any health related discipline previously conducted by the student. Such discipline includes; health superintendent, physiology, medical laboratory sciences, registered nurse (RN), etc.
Clearly, it shows that studying nursing from universities is more seen as the better option in the country. Seeing that student who come from dedicated nursing schools are most likely to come to the University for Completion of their nursing study.
However, considering the number of screening exams, the former looks more lenient on the level of screening before admission.
Masters or Doctorate Degree in Nursing.
As at the time of writing this article, only two Universities in Nigeria offer masters, and doctorate degree for the nursing profession.
• The Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife, and
• The University of Ibadan in Ibadan.