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


A student came into my office just recently to ask which one he should go for between Bsc Nursing through a university degree and registered nurse – through school or college 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)"

School or College of Nursing and Midwifery 

In Nigeria, if you give in to the school of nursing and midwifery, below is the picture of your life.
School of Nursing VS Nursing in University: Differences, Better One and List of Schools

You Obtain a Teaching Hospital Admission form

  1. SON is run by a university teaching of a hospital (TH) except private. Such TH 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 interview, and medical test.
  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) title.

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 of Nursing and 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 centre.
  1. If you choose to proceed to 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, in school policies.
  3. Then you spend another 4 or 3 years to complete Bsc. or Degree Nursing; after which you’ll be awarded Registered Midwifery and Bsc Nursing or BSN.

From RN to Midwifery (RM)

  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. 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

Study Nursing at University Instead  

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

You Obtain JAMB 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 post UTME form and take their post UTME test where required. Schools such as OAU, UI, UNILAG, ABU, UNIBEN etc conduct post UTME test 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 of 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 labour market or at work?

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

  5. Thanks so much sir for this piece

    1. Thanks for the complement too.

    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?

    3. Read the posts below for the answer and clarification:

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

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

    1. If you meant, Can ND SLT apply for nursing?, read the post below for clarification.

  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

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

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

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

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

  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

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

    1. Absolutely YES. Generally health sector pays higher.

  12. Please which university is good to go

    1. Any university. Read the post through the link below for better understanding.

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

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

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

    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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