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Can I Use NABTEB Result for Nursing Admission? See Answer!

Can I use NABTEB Result for Nursing Admission? See Answer!

NABTEB holders keep asking if Schools of Nursing are accepting NABTEB result for admission. In other words, you want to know if one can be offered admission for Nursing with NABTEB SSCE result.

This post will be my quick explanation on this.

Generally, NABTEB result is supposed to be acceptable for Nursing admission in Nigeria with effect from June 1, 2018.

The following is the circular by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria with reference number N&MCN/SO/RO/067/NBTEB/Vol.1/57.

Is Using NABTEB Result For Nursing Admission Really Working?

The answer is NO and YES, at least not for all the schools of nursing.

Not all schools of nursing are accepting NABTEB to date. For example checking the admission adverts of the following schools, nowhere NABTEB was mentioned as the SSCE entry requirements.
  1. Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja School of Nursing
  2. Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital School of Nursing 
  3. Oyo State College of Nursing, Eleyele Ibadan
  4. Ogun State School of Nursing and Midwifery
  5. University of Benin Teaching Hospital School of Nursing
  6. Benue State School of Nursing
  7. Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital School of Nursing
  8. Adamawa State College of Nursing and Midwifery 
  9. University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital
  10. Obafemi Awolowo University, Teaching Hospital (OAUTH)
  11. College of Nursing, Oke Ode, Kwara State 
  12. Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital School of Nursing 
  13. Federal School of Nursing Ido Ekiti
  14. Osun State School of Nursing, Asubairo Osogbo

However, as at now, the following schools of nursing indicate that they’re accepting NABTEB.
  1. Kastina State School of Nursing and Midwifery
  2. Kaduna State College of Nursing 
  3. University Ilorin Teaching Hospital School of Nursing
  4. University of Ibadan Teaching Hospital School of Nursing

Are Universities Accepting NABTEB for Nursing Admission?

Another thing to look at is; can someone use NABTEB for University Nursing (BSc Nursing) admission?

I had covered this in my recent post. But to save time, NO!

Even though the circular above is enforcing the schools and colleges of nursing to accept the results, nowhere it mandated the universities offering degree nursing to do the same.

In other words, even if colleges and schools of nursing should abide by this directive sooner, I'm not sure that will happen to any university any time soon. Several universities turn their backs to accepting NABTEB for Nursing. Even though JAMB brochure my be silent on this, I don't recommend chasing Bsc Nursing admssion with NABTEB.

Proceeding to Universities with Direct Entry 

A related situation is;  if you gain your nursing admission (RN) with NABTEB but now wish to proceed to the university through Direct entry admission, can you be offered admission with the same SSCE result?

This situation is new. But to prepare your mind, it may all depend on the receiving university's admission policy and waivers terms.

In other words, schools that give value to your registered nursing certificate as the basis for the direct entry admission may accept it with the NABTEB it was placed on. Schools that give more value to O'level or both, may deprive you admission eventually.


We may be of the view that, it may take awhile before all nursing schools will be accepting it for admission. The circular, as the time of this post, is just about two years old.

Though NABTEB will need to, beyond the circular, make this possible. They will need to place some enforcement mechanisms in place.

Admission seekers should carefully read the school’s sales of form adverts to check if they’ve also adopted the use of NABTEB any time sooner.

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