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Thursday, 13 June 2019

Schools/Colleges of Nursing and JAMB Cut Off Marks: What You Must Know

I’ve got some calls from my candidates who wanted to obtain schools of nursing forms of certain state or federal owned institutions. They wanted to know the JAMB cut off marks for those schools.

I didn’t take it seriously further than to answer them as quickly as possible.

But the question keeps cropping up almost every day since JAMB released the results for admission this year.

This is why I think I must address this on my blog and to help more people who can’t reach me on the phone or visit me in the office.

Do You Need JAMB UTME for School of Nursing Admission?

The answer is NO.

Hence, you won’t need any cut off marks for the college of nursing you’re proposing.

Get it this right!

Schools/colleges of nursing are not under the control of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB). The body only has the universities, polytechnics, colleges of education and initiative enterprise institutions (IEI) under her control.

The nursing programme is being administered by the hospital mismanagement board and Nursing Council of Nigeria. Hence, you gain admission to these institutions without passing through JAMB.

If you’ve written UTME and you got a certain score, you wouldn’t need it for the nursing admission into colleges offering it.

What of Nursing Programme at Universities?

I had differentiated between the school of Nursing and University Nursing in the past. You can check the differences before you proceed.

But in brief here, while degree nursing is offered in our universities, Registered Nursing (RN) is offered in those colleges/schools of nursing under the hospital management. While a degree nursing runs for 5 years, the school of nursing is 3 years.

Having said that, to gain admission into a university for a degree (BSN) Nursing, you will need JAMB UTME, hence a cut off mark for it.

Universities offering Nursing will draw their cut off marks. They don’t accept the same score, of course. For instance, while some accept 200 and above in JAMB, some may require up to 250 before a candidate can stand any chance.

Check the post UTME adverts of your proposed university to see what they require of you.

How Will Schools/Colleges of Nursing Admit?

Since they won’t need JAMB, how will schools/colleges of Nursing offer admission then?

The process of admission into the schools of nursing is detailed below:
  1. The hospital management will announce sales of their entry forms
  2. Interested applicants are to obtain their forms online or on campus (depending on the method being used by the college)
  3. After a successful application, applicants will be scheduled for entrance exams/tests.
  4. Then, the management will draw the cut-off marks. For example, if the test total score is 100, they may demand 80 and above for the candidates that will be qualified for succeeding interview.
  5. Next is the interview which usually takes the form of physical checking of candidates’ O’level results and related credentials together with the oral interview.
  6. Finally, the admission list will be released in favour of those who passed both the test and interview.


While you’ll need to meet up with certain drawn cut-off marks for Bsc Nursing of Universities, schools/colleges of Nursing won’t need UTME or any cut-off marks whatsoever.

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