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List of Polytechnics/Colleges Offering Nursing in Nigeria

Nursing students at a polytechnic
In my earlier post, I was blunt to tell you that polytechnics and colleges of technology are not offering Nursing. Of course, because they were not originally meant to run nursing/nursing science as a course.

While polytechnics are originally meant to groom potential engineers and in a few situations, commercial and art graduates, colleges of technologies are established to strictly train students to become community health officers and assistants.

But with the title of this post, it seems I have something different and interesting to share. I have a list of polytechnics/colleges that offer Nursing thereby awarding OND and HND in Nursing.

Background of Nursing Course at Polytechnics and Colleges of Technology

The secrete I didn't share with you, in my earlier post, was that even though very many polytechnics were not offering Nursing, the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN) had once proposed and implemented it that polytechnics and colleges, that have the required resources could run the Basic/General Nursing as a course and consequently award National Diploma (ND) and Higher National Diploma (HND).

Below is an extract of the memo that n recognized polytechnics and colleges for Nursing training and certification.

Interestingly, many schools which indicated interest have upgraded their schools to colleges. It is worthy to mention that the Council has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with NBTE in January 2017 for the commencement of the ND/HND nursing programme and also updated the already developed ND/HND curricula in collaboration with NBTE. The new system will lead to the award of academic certificates in addition to the professional certificate as RN, RM, or RPHN.  Furthermore, the ND/HND nursing programmes were structured to accommodate the provisions of the new scheme of service for nurses and will also allow for improvement in career and academic progressions for nurses and midwives. It will also make it easier for nurses to align in the structured educational system of Nigeria.

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And below was the conditions of admissions and qualifications, as required by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN).

  1. The programme is a four-year course for the award of ND/HND Nursing.
  2. Entry requirements remain 5 O’ Level credits in English, Mathematics, Biology, Physics and Chemistry at all levels of nursing and midwifery education in Nigeria.
  3. All graduates will sit for the Council’s professional examinations for the award of a registered nurse certificate and each of them shall have an option for specialization in Midwifery or Public Health Nursing.
  4. The institution under this new system must operate as Colleges of Nursing and admission shall be through JAMB. The Colleges shall also have an Enabling Law establishing it and a Governing Board.
  5. The College shall have Departments – i.e. Nursing, Midwifery, Public Health, and Basic Sciences all with qualified Lectures and instructors.

However, due to the criticisms from some stakeholders and alumni (existing nurses), the responses from interested schools had been very slow and unencouraging. This has forced candidates willing to go for Nursing in polytechnics and colleges to go back to the generally-known schools and colleges of nursing while others were forced to give in to health-related courses in polytechnics and colleges of technology.

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List of the Polytechnics/Colleges Offering Nursing

Northwistanding, a few polytechnics and colleges had responded positively. Below is the list of the polytechnics and colleges offering Nursing to date.

1. Nigerian Army College Of Nursing, Yaba, Lagos State

The College of Nursing is established and administered by the Nigerian Army. It's cable if running and awarding certificates in Nursing Science at both National Diploma (OND) and Higher National Diploma (HND) level. The College is now affiliated with the University of Lagos to award BSC in Nursing

The Nigerian Army College of Nursing admission forms are not only open to the military and para-military personnel, but individual civilians are equally eligible to obtain and gain admission to the college.

For more on the requirements, availability of the form, test and interview information, read "Nigerian Army College of Nursing: Portal, Price and Closing Date".

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2. College of Nursing  and Midwifery, Katsina, Katsina State

Also called Kasimu Kofar Bai School of Nursing Katsina, even though this college of nursing is offering general/basic Nursing just as every other school and college of Nursing you're used to, it is as well running National Diploma Nursing and Higher National Diploma Nursing like every polytechnic out there.

According to the college,

The main objective of the movement of Nursing Education into Colleges of Nursing in collaboration with the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) is to ensure that Nursing and Midwifery education in Nigeria, evolves in line with the National Policy on Education and the contemporary system of education in Nigeria. This is in order to give legal backing by the Federal Government to Nursing institutions for the award of ACADEMIC CERTIFICATES to Nursing graduates.

The ND/HND Nursing is a four-year UNINTERRUPTED programme i.e. 2 years for ND and 2 years for HND. Students start with the ND Nursing programme which is a non-terminal programme. The ND Nursing graduates with a minimum CGPA of 2.5 (Lower Credit) will then proceed to HND Nursing.

For more on this college admission processes, requirements, portal, price and closing date, read, "Kasimu Kofar Bai School of Nursing Katsina Form: Portal, Price and Closing Date".

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3. Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital School of Nursing, Ile-Ife Osun State

Very lately, OAUTCH has joined the league of schools of Nursing that requires JAMB UMTE scores for admissions into its ND/HND nursing. Awarding this means the school of Nursing has henceforth recontinued the general/basic nursing programme and now awards an uninterrupted ND/HND nursing programme.

For more on this college admission processes, requirements, portal, price and closing date, read, "OAU School of Nursing Form: Portal, Price and Closing Date".

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4. Nigeria Airforce School Of Medical Science And Aviation Medicine, Kaduna

The College of Nursing has joined the League of Schools of Nursing requiring UTME for their admissions. Consequently, the program will also award its graduates ND/HND at the end of the course.

For more on this college admission processes, requirements, portal, price, and closing date, read "Nigeria Airforce School Of Nursing Admission Form: Price, Cut-Off, Closing Date".

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Other Colleges of Nursing Offering ND/HND in Nursing

While I may not have detailed information for you regards the following schools, their presence in the JAMB brochure under polytechnics and monotechnics is a shred of evidence that they're in the category of the colleges offering Nursing. I will be updating their details sooner.

  1. Cross River State College of Nursing and Midwifery
  2. Gombe State State College of Nursing and Midwifery
  3. Imo State College of Nursing and Health Science
  4. Tafawa Balewa School of Nursing and Midwifery
  5. Oyo State College of Nursing and Midwifery, Eleyele Ibadan
  6. School Of Nursing And Midwifery, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi 


I'm still working on updating this list. And as earlier noted, most polytechnics and colleges are taking their time to join the league offering Nursing National Diploma and Higher National Diploma.

I will keep this post updated as soon as they come up with their forms. Bookmark and visit the page again.

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    1. People have 81% chances going for the same or related courses with DE admission but 41% chances for courses not related to their ND courses.

  2. Pls can a masters degree holder get admission to read nursing and how is it done

    1. Anybody can obtain school of Nursing form. You obtain their form when it's out, do their entrance exams and if you pass proceed to interview.

    2. Hello pls isn't true that imo state college of nurse and midwife school Orlu do go to NYSC

    3. As you can see in the post above, they might not yet produce graduates to NYSC at the time of this reply, they will be doing that in time sooner, if they run ND/HND in Nursing.

  3. Can you be an art student and want to change course by becoming a nurse!!

    1. Yes, you can. Read the post below.

    2. God evening sir pls can I use my ond result to apply for nursing

    3. If you studied the right course. read the post below.

  4. Do I need jamb to get into school of nursing

    1. No and Yes. Read the post below for better explanation.

  5. Doer fctsonabuja require jamb and certificate the school is award nce or nd/hnd

    1. We don't know if that will happen this year. As of last application, it didn't require JAMB.

  6. Fakorede blessing14 March 2022 at 21:23

    Is 24 years old too late to study medicine

    1. No. You can study anything at any age provided you have the strength and knowledge required to cope.

  7. Does the Lagos state college of nursing award ND/HND since jamb is now a requirement to get admitted

    1. If any school of Nursing demands JAMB, it will award ND/HND. Read the post below.

  8. Please what's lascon cutoff mark

    1. I don't have this update. They don't make it open on their website

    2. This has really been helpful, thank you Sir. I will like to know if there are any online courses, evening or weekend classes for Nursing. I work full time and it has always been my desire to become a Nurse but I was discouraged by my Dad to go for another course. I hold a Masters degree in Nutrition and Food Science already but I will still like to enrol if there are any opportunities as mentioned above. I cant afford to do a full time course now because of the responsibilities on me. Thank you

    3. You can try UI distance learning programme or LAUTECH distance learning centre so also the OAU distance leaning or National Open University. You may be lucky if they can accept your Master. This is because, primarily, they require general nursing or basic midwifery because of their background practical knowledge. You can do Nursing at those programmes from 100 level. That's why they prefer those who already have nursing background knowledge.

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  9. Good day please do Ansu offer nursing

  10. Pls between Rn and Hnd which Is better

  11. Is lagos state university teaching hospital a polytechnic?

  12. Thanks for the update


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