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School of Nursing VS Nursing in University: Differences, Better One and List of Schools

WHICH ONE TO CONSIDER: RN, RM, BSN (BSC NURSING) AND WHAT EACH ENTAILS

A student came to my office just recently to ask which one he should go for between BSC Nursing (through the universities offering degree Nursing) and Registered Nursing (through schools or colleges of Nursing (SON)).

If you’re in the same dilemma, I suggest you read this post to the very end. I had briefly answer this in my post, "Difference Between Registered Nursing (RN) and Registered Midwifery (RM)".

Schools or Colleges of Nursing and Midwifery 

In Nigeria, if you give in to the school of nursing and midwifery, below is the picture of your life.

You will Obtain a Teaching Hospital Admission Form

  1. Schools of Nursing (SON) are run by university teaching hospitals (UTH) except for a few private ones. Such UTH will sell admission forms usually every year to admit a new set of students.
  2. After obtaining the form, you’re admitted through entrance exams, physical interviews, and medical tests.
  3. Now you’re to remain a nurse student for the next three academic years which are majorly practicals centered.
  4. After the completion of your nursing course and passing external exams called Hospital Final, you’re awarded the Registered Nurse (RN) certificate or license.

List of Schools and Colleges of Nursing in Nigeria

  1. University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital School of Nursing
  2. Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja School of Nursing
  3. Kaduna State College of Nursing 
  4. Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital School of Nursing 
  5. Oyo State College of Nursing, Eleyele Ibadan
  6. Ogun State School of Nursing and Midwifery
  7. University of Benin Teaching Hospital School of Nursing
  8. Benue State School of Nursing
  9. University of Ibadan Teaching Hospital School of Nursing
  10. Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital School of Nursing
  11. Kastina State School of Nursing and Midwifery
  12. Adamawa State College of Nursing and Midwifery 
  13. University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital
  14. And others

See more at 55+ Schools/Colleges Health Technology in Nigeria

Continue to University or School of Midwifery

Unfortunately, the RN is not equivalent to BSC or Degree Nursing. This is why you may still want to continue to a university. And if you’re contented with RN, you can use this to work as a staff nurse in any hospital and health center.
  1. If you choose to proceed to a university, you will have to obtain the JAMB Direct Entry form and choose a university of your interest.
  2. If offered admission, eventually, you will be admitted to 200 or 300 level Degree Nursing; depending, on school policies. See the Direct Entry Requirements for Nursing/Nursing Science
  3. Then you spend another 4 or 3 years to complete the BSN or Degree Nursing; after which you’ll be awarded Registered Midwifery and BSC Nursing or BSN.

You Can Add Register Midwifery (RM) to Registered Nursing (RN)

  1. Another stage after RN at a school of nursing is called a school of Midwifery. This is administered usually by the same teaching hospital.
  2. You can also consider this option if you don't want to cross to the university through the Direct entry form
  3. If you prefer this instead of obtaining JAMB DE form, you may need to spend another 1 or 2 years after RN for your midwifery course. Then you have two certificates altogether – RN and (Registered Midwifery) RM

You Study Nursing at University Instead of School of Nursing   

If you choose university Nursing instead of the school of Nursing/ midwifery, below is the picture of your journey.

You Will Obtain JAMB UTME Form

  1. You’ll have to register UTME for the admission year, like any other candidates seeking admission into other courses.
  2. If you score the required mark of your proposed school - usually 200 and above, you then obtain a post UTME form and take their post UTME test where required. Schools such as OAU, UI, UNILAG, ABU, UNIBEN, etc conduct post UTME while schools like UNIOSUN, KWASU, etc do not.
  3. If you’re eventually admitted, you’ll be running the course for 5 years after which you will be awarded three certificates - RN, RM, and (Bachelor in Nursing) BSN.

See also: List of 33 government approved universities offering Nursing in Nigeria

Career/Jobs: Your Fate with BSC Nursing and School of Nursing/Midwifery

Your academic journey has finally come to an end. You’re done with your nursing degree or midwifery. Here is the picture of what is to come. What is next in the labor market or at work?

Experience has shown that graduates of universities are senior officers above those who completed RN only - or together with RM.

This means, if we have a staff with RN and RM (or together) who had been working for ten years or more, she will eventually be a subordinate or junior colleague to new staff with BSC Nursing.

Conclusion

I had intentionally made this piece short so you can quickly grab my points without letting off important details.

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84 comments:

  1. Bsc nursing in University, did it cover both nursing and midwifery together for the period of 5 years?.

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  2. Do you mean that studying nursing in the university is more preferable than you going to a nursing school?

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  3. Can one get to study B.Sc Nursing abroad after getting RN in Nigeria? Would it be accepted?

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  4. After getting the RN certificate,can you still go to the university to get ur BSC?

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    1. You can. It's covered in the post. Read again.

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  5. Thanks so much sir for this piece

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    1. Thanks for the complement too.

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    2. According to your article you said some schools admit direct into 300L while some into 200L.which of the schools in Nigeria admit direct into 300L?

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    3. Read the posts below for the answer and clarification:
      1. https://www.schoolcontents.info/2019/04/11-universitiescourses-that-accept-nce.html
      2. https://www.schoolcontents.info/2019/04/21-universities-that-accept-hnd-into.html

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  6. Can RN get direct entry into an university to study nursing for a B.sc

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  7. Can slt ND gain attend into the federal university with the help of DE

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    1. If you meant, Can ND SLT apply for nursing?, read the post below for clarification.
      https://www.schoolcontents.info/2019/06/can-i-study-nursing-in-university-with.html

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  8. Sorry sir
    If u now spend three years in school of nursing and u want to continue
    And u seek direct entry in to university
    Is there any need to write jamb

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    1. Please can I use science laboratory certificate for direct entry to nursing

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    2. Not really. However, you may check and see if you can consider a few of the universities detailed in the post below.

      https://www.schoolcontents.info/2019/06/can-i-study-nursing-in-university-with.html

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  9. I thought school of nursing offers RN and a diploma certificate

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    1. No. You get either RN or RM. Such schools can just award other diplomas as just certificate courses.

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  10. Sir, I heard that students with RN certificate are likely to get job easily because they are more exposed practicals unlike the Bsn students that base on theories but RN students can still further their education to get Bsn for promotions at work. Please is this true sir

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  11. Sir can I be a RN and get a good pay in Nigeria

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    1. Absolutely YES. Generally health sector pays higher.

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  12. Please which university is good to go

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    1. Any university. Read the post through the link below for better understanding.
      https://www.schoolcontents.info/2020/02/best-universitiespolytechnics-in-nigera.html

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    2. Pls sir am confuse which of the nursing is better is it Bs.c or school of nursing

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    3. Have you read this post at all? I don't expect you to ask this question if you've well understood the post.

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    4. How will it e possible for me to entry university to complete B. Sc with direct entry sir.
      And you said without jamb

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    5. Yes, you will obtain JAMB Direct entry form which is different from JAMB UTME. With that form and your RN/RM, you can gain admission into a university to earn BSC Nursing.

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  13. Pls is there any special requirements for DE in the university like regularization?

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    1. No. You don't need regularization if you have RN or RM. You will choose other diplomas option during the registration.

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  14. Please sir after I have acquired my RN and RM from school of nursing and midwifery is there any other way I can also get my Bsc without going to the university

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    1. No. It's only the universities that award BSN. To shorten your period of studies, you can can consider Top-Up Degree. I detailed that in the posts with the links below.
      1. https://www.schoolcontents.info/2020/10/after-school-of-nursing-what-next.html
      2. https://www.schoolcontents.info/2018/06/top-up-degree-in-nigeria-and-abroad-all.html

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  15. Can someone studying IHS in UBTH take direct entry to BSc Nursing in UNIBEN

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    1. Check the JAMB brochure for UNIBEN DE requirement.
      https://ibass.jamb.gov.ng/?jk=UU400GHDSW6AQ98

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    2. Sir pls,I haven't gotten an admission yet,but I need to know, does those who study in nursing schools and the ones who acquire bs.c in the university get the same payment while working in hospitals?

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    3. No. BSC are better paid than RN. If you read the post to the very end, you have enough reasons for that.

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  16. I heard that after doing both RN and RM in school of nursing, you can go ahead to do a year degree of BSC and be in the same level with someone who went to the University? How true is this please

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    1. It's possible through foreign top-up degree. I'm not sure any Nigerian university will admit you to the 500 level in order to spend just one year. But abroad, top-up degree can save you the time. For more on this read the post through the link below.
      https://www.schoolcontents.info/2020/10/after-school-of-nursing-what-next.html

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  17. But sir RN is based on practicals but Bsc is based only on theories,how can it be better paying than RN???..... Further more if a person wants to be a surgical nurse, how does she go about it??????

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    1. Both are based on practical and theories. BSN is a five-year programme while RN is a three-year course. RN is equivalent to one-year of BSN.

      Surgical nursing is usually a certificate course opened to holders of RN or RM. After your RN, you can opt-in for post Basic nursing course in Surgical Nursing.

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  18. Well said! Actually, some schools like UNN issue 4 certifications after their 5 years Nursing program - RN. RM. BSN and RPHN (Registered Public Health Nurse).

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  19. Ok sir what if I have my RN degree is it easy for to get a job opportunity abroad because here in Nigeria we pay staff in accordance to the certificate not capabilities but not the same at uk.At abroad you are gonna paid according to your capability so in my own view a student with RN that went through so much practicals is much more better than a student with Bsc result that just depends on theory

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    1. First, there is nothing like RN Degree. It's either you have RN or a degree.

      With all you explanation you seems to have got the answer to your question all by yourself.

      You will get job abroad with ether RN or a degree. They pay according to your qualification as well.

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  20. But which is more better in studying anatomy in Nigeria university and going for RN in nigeria

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    1. RN is better. I'm taking side from job availability point of view.

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  21. Q1. Sir, i want to know, if someone has already got degree in Microbiology and what to go for nusing, which one is the best option sir

    Q2. If someone should go for RN and eventually get a job, does the Microbiology certificate as any added advantage

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    1. A degree i Nursing is better. Every additional qualification is an added advantage.

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  22. How much do health sectors pay employees from RN in Nigeria

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    1. I don't have this information please. Talking to a staff nurse may help.

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  23. Which Is better btw eleyele school of nursing and uch school of nursing

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  24. Arfakashazu badamasi5 February 2021 at 18:20

    Is there a university that accept Registered Nurse as direct entry in medicine and surgery?

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    1. 1. University of Calabar accepts Degree not below a good Second Class Lower Division in Anatomy, Biochemistry, Physiology, Nursing Science, Medical Laboratory, Biology, Zoology or Chemistry. Does not accept IJMB for Direct Entry.

      2. Federal University Dutse accepts at least Second Class (Lower) degree in one of the Health Sciences programmes (e.g. Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, Nursing etc), Biology, Biochemistry or Microbiology.

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  25. Wow thanks alot this really helped me

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  26. Thank you!
    Although I want to ask how many years it takes to obtain BSC after obtaining RN in a nursing school?

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  27. Thanks alot sir
    Have really gained a lot from all that you have said

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    1. Much appreciated sir with above write up and the comments as well have gotten answer to the question I was about to ask.... Thanks once again sir

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  28. Good evening sir, I'm glad I came across this post but I have a question
    After having my RN in Nigeria and I decide to work abroad with my certificate, is there a possibility to have my RN over there while working? Or you suggest I run through both RN &RM before traveling cos I'm purchasing SON form this year

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    1. Of course, you can earn your RM over there. However, I suggest you chase BSN when you get there instead. You may be admitted for RN to BSN conversion programme.

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  29. If i got my Bs.c degree, do i still need any other certificate

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    1. No. Except you want to go for Masters or related certificate (advanced) courses.

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  30. Please sir,you said that one can enroll into the university after obtaining her RN, please is it direct from the school of nursing since you said that there's no need for jamb

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    1. The form you will obtain is called JAMB DE form. No exam for that.

      Read about that below.

      https://www.schoolcontents.info/2019/01/direct-entry-form-de-20192020.html

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  31. Pls am a BSC holder in orthopedic and would like read nursing, which would you prefer I go for, degree in nursing or RN

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    1. Check the direct entry requirements for Nursing in the post above and through the link below.

      https://www.schoolcontents.info/2020/12/direct-entry-requirements-for.html

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  32. Please sir
    Am confuse and am still a naive here
    Plz help me out wit direct answer
    Which one is better
    Nursing school or university sir

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    1. Sorry if you're still confused.

      Read the post below for the direct answer.

      https://www.schoolcontents.info/2018/08/school-of-nursing-vs-bsc-nursing-which.html

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  33. Sir please after studying Rn in Nigeria and top up degree abroad will my certificate be same level as that of a bsc holder who studied in Nigeria
    Secondly please how many years can one study top up degree abroad
    Thirdly sir u said from your view u prefer studying nursing in Nigeria is it because of the pay or what

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    1. To the question 1, YES.

      To the question 2, it takes a year. It may be two depending the university's policy.

      To the question three, I don't remember where I used the word "prefer" studying Nursing in Nigeria. All that matters is obtaining your certificate from a recognized school be it at home or abroad.

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  34. What advice would you give to someone who wants to study dentist technician in nursing school?

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  35. How can you help my son to gain admission into Ogun state school of nursing

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    1. I don't help people for admissions other than sharing guides and and qualitative information like this post. Stop looking for help on the internet. There are scammers everywhere.

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