What are the requirements to study nursing In Nigeria?

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What are the requirements to study nursing In Nigeria?

What are the requirements to study nursing In Nigeria?

In this article, we will broadly explain the requirements to study nursing either in the university or for schools of nursing within Nigeria.

What Nursing is all About?

Nursing as it is known as one of the best courses to study both outside the country and also in Nigeria. Nursing is a profession that is very much important to help develop and assist the health care sector of a country. All these adds up to why professional and certified nurses are paid a tangible amount and also, they are needed in many parts of the world.

Taking up Nursing as a profession requires great amount of dedication geared towards learning, giving treatment and Caring. Nurses are mainly the ground support of the health sector; Every one needs the services of the Nurse, from the Doctors who needs the assistance of the Nurse, and the Patients who also needs the attention of the Nurses. But as a Nurse no matter your years of experience still requires you to frequently update your knowledge and Approaches to solving problems in the line of duty. Therefore, it automatically means as a Nurse you never stop learning. A strong interest in academia will help you improve and obtain your expected qualification and ensure you frequently learn more about your field as you continue with work.

If you are aspiring to take up nursing as a field of study in Nigeria. Then it is pertinent you know what it’s the requirement so could put into plan and meet its requirements. But when you are not aware of the overall Nursing requirements you won’t be able to proceed in your Nursing admission processes.

Beneath is a comprehensive breakdown of all the requirements to study Nursing in Nigeria

And please know that this article will not only be giving information on the requirements to study Nursing in the university but also it will be giving information on the requirement for studying in a school of Nursing

Let’s breakdown things down Studying nursing in a university is 5yrs and while Registered nursing (RN) is 3yrs in a school of Nursing/school of Midwifery.  In a school of nursing, you don’t need Jamb but you need Jamb to study nursing in a university to get a (BSN).


What are the requirements to study nursing In Nigeria?


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The General Nursing Programme

This is a basic Nursing programme in the Nigerian university. If you are lucky to get admitted into the school of nursing for programme, you will be a registered nurse after completing the Nursing programme within the 3yrs duration.

The School of Nursing admission requirements:

  1. (5) O’level credit passes In Mathematics, English, Physics, Chemistry and Biology in not more than 2 sittings either from the West African Examination Council (WAEC) or the National Examination Council (NECO)

Candidates with a foreign Exams board results are required to first of all Submit a report of evaluation or equivalent grading from the Ministry of Education followed with the result. NABTEB is not valid.

Note:  Age Eligibility: the required age limit for admission for the Basic Nursing and also into the basic midwifery programme is from 18-35yrs.


What are the requirements to study nursing In Nigeria?


The Post Basic-Midwifery programme

After you have been certified a registered Nurse (RN), You are free to apply for a Post-Basic Midwifery which would enable you become a certified midwife. Also, as a certified Nurse or certified Midwife, you will be entitled to get a practicing license to begin a work-Study programme which last one for year.  During this training you will become experienced in an assigned hospital and work towards a clinical specialization at the certificate level through different professional programs

You can then move to specializing in any of these clinical fields: Medical-Surgical Nurse, Public Health and policy Nurse, Critical Care Nurse, Anesthetist, Orthopedic, Pediatric, etc. These field of Specialization programmes runs for one whole year apart from the Nurse Anesthetist which takes 18months to complete

Below are the Requirements to study Nursing in universities and also for School of Nursing in Nigeria

Bachelor of Nursing Sciences (BNSc)

You have the option of either, attending any of the universities offering Nursing in Nigeria for a 5-year Bachelors in Nursing Sciences Degree or RN, Registered Midwife (RM), or a Registered Public Health Nurse (RPHN).

As Mandated, you must have at least 5 credit level passes and in not more than 2 sittings at the SSCE, NECO, GCE Examinations in the underlisted subjects:

  1. English Language
  2. Biology or Health Science,
  3. Chemistry,
  4. Mathematics,
  5. Physics or any other science subject.
  6. There are universities that accept any additional qualification from any health-related discipline underlisted
  7. Community Health Officer Training Certificate (CHO),
  8. NCE (Physical/Health Education, Science Education, Nutrition, Home Economics)
  9. Health Superintendent,
  10. Registered Nurse (RN),
  11. Physiology,
  12. Medical Laboratory Science, etc.


What are the requirements to study nursing In Nigeria?

Getting a Masters or Doctorate Degree in Nursing

There are few persons that takes their Studies up to Masters or Doctorate level in Universities in Nigeria. In regard to this, only 2 universities in Nigeria are doing Nursing to these Academic levels which are: Obafemi Awolowo university Ile-ife and the University of Ibadan.

We have accurately listed the best accredited universities who offers Nursing in Nigeria, they include;

  1. University of Lagos (UniLag)
  2.  University of Port Harcourt (Uniport)
  3. University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN)
  4. University of Jos
  5. University of Uyo (Uniuyo)
  6. University of Ilorin
  7. University of Ibadan (unimaid)
  8. University of Benin (uniben)
  9. University of Abuja
  10. Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka
  11. Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife
  12. Federal University, Birnin Kebbi
  13. Bayero University, Kano
  14. National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN)

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