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Can I Study Nursing In University with Auxiliary Nurse Certificate?

An Auxiliary Nurse
Lots had been said about Auxiliary Nursing and training in the past. Some of the professional points of view will be covered in this post. 

As if those were not enough, admission seekers and parents were asking some questions lately that needed urgent answers.

Among these questions are:

  1. Can I use an Auxiliary Nurse certificate for admission into a school of Nursing or a college of health technology?
  2. Can a University accept my Auxiliary Nurse certificate for admission if I write JAMB too?
  3. Will having an Auxiliary Nurse Certificate help to wave any deficiencies in my O'level in order to study nursing in universities, or schools of nursing, or gain admissions into a college of health?

Let's start with the basics in mind in other to answer these questions and other related ones.

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The Professional Point of View About Auxiliary Nursing in Nigeria

Auxiliary nurses are often referred to as health assistants. This set of health assistants, unlike those that went to colleges of health, require no academic qualifications, and the role can serve as a motivator to consider a career as a registered nurse. The main responsibility of an auxiliary nurse is to ensure patients are kept as comfortable as possible.

Learning to become an Auxiliary Nurse is practically a good move for secondary schools leavers especially. Applications of such practical knowledge are recognized in the caretaking of oneself, families, and friends.

However, in a country like Nigeria. The approach to being groomed as an auxiliary nurse defers from other advanced country countries.

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Here, there seem to be no generally accepted criteria for admissions and even for the hospitals accepting intending candidates. 

A CHEW or health assistant will start a health clinic and pretended to be a certified nurse or doctor. Under this hood, he or she will be accepting interested secondary holders to become auxiliary nurses. This is a quick means to get free staff members for his or her so-called hospital. 

This practice is equally confirmed among some well-known hospitals - perhaps as a result of the shortage of qualified nurses and health attendants

This was why the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN) and the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), lamented that any hospital operating or replacing nurses with auxiliary nurses, is operating with quack nurses. The Councils opined that these nurses are not competent to deliver nursing care and members of the public that access services from such hospitals are doing so at their own risk. 

Enough of the blame game. Let's dive into the core of this discussion.

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Schools of Nursing and Colleges of Health Technology Won't Accept Auxiliary Nurse Certificates For Admissions

As thoughtful as it may seem, no school of Nursing or college of health or information technology will accept auxiliary nurse certificates (whether issued by the so-called standard hospitals or otherwise) for admissions into any of its programmes.

Generally, schools of Nursing and colleges of health requires SSCE result (WAEC, NECO, NABTEB or a combination of two) for admissions into their courses.

Except for a few schools of Nursing and college of health that, in addition to the O'level results, will accept JAMB UTME results for ND/HND nursing and ND/HND courses respectively, what you'll need to enter a school of nursing or college of health is largely your O'level results.

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Universities Offering Nursing or Related Courses Won't Accept Auxiliary Nurse Certificates for Admissions

Similar to the schools of Nursing and colleges of health, no universities offering Nursing Science will accept your Auxiliary nurse certificate for nursing.

In fact, strictly, universities will accept JAMB UTME and O'level results are the entry requirements for any course at all.

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Where Can I Use Auxiliary Nurse Certificates for Admissions?

I'm sorry for being frank about this. You don't use an auxiliary nurse certificate to gain admission in the first place.

And if you wish to use this certificate, at all, you may need to work under your boss or another hospital that trains others like you. This is because a standard hospital will not accept an Auxiliary nurse from your kind of background and training for work with them.

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And it's obviously illegal to run care-taking services or your personal hospital or clinic using this certification too. Hospitals are supposed to ensure that nurses are qualified, registered, and licensed to practice as nurses. 

According to an official of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN), if you want to set up a hospital, you send the list of nurses to our organization, and we then send our officers to verify, because we have verification offices that verify whether a person is qualified to practice or not. Also trained nurses are issued practicing licenses. A practicing license lasts for a period of three years, and before the expiration, the nurse is expected to undergo a mandatory development program which is attached to a two-credit unit. 

Best of luck!

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  1. I just want to commend you for your explanations on nursing. Most of the questions I have been searching for online were got on your website. Thanks a lot.

  2. I have O level certificate please I can I enter University to study nursing through direct entry?

    1. O'level holders are not meant to obtain the Direct Entry form. You can use O'level only for programmes such as direct admission ((daily part-time that won't need JAMB).

      The post below will tell you those who can do direct entry.

      The post below will tell you about direct admission form.

  3. Does it mean if I don't go for auxiliary nursing when I want to study nursing in the university

    1. It means auxiliary nursing certificate is not acceptable by any university for admssions

  4. Pls after graduating with Chew
    Can I switch to nursing by any way

  5. After graduating from health information management Can I switch to nursing by any mean?


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