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How NOUN Runs Its Nursing/Public Health Programmes

The National Open University of Nigeria is no longer new to very many people in Nigeria, especially the students and admission seekers.


Very recently, more and more aspirants are asking about the federal-owned distance learning university admission requirements and modalities it uses in conducting admission, lectures and more. This alarming rate of interest might be due to NOUN's graduates now being accepted into the Law Schools and the ongoing activities to ensure its graduates are allowed to serve at NYSC, a landmark which Ladoke Akintola University Open Distance Learning has already achieved.


This post will be specific about admissions into the National Open University Nursing, Public Health and Environmental Health admission. If you've decided to apply, you can follow the guide in, "NOUN Admission Forms: Price, Portal, Closing Date". If you want all the necessary background knowledge of the NOUN programme, you will love to read, NOUN Admissions: SSCE, Direct Entry, MSC, PGD etc"


These three courses are majorly sought after by many SSCE, NCE, ND, HND and BSC holders - especially the science students.


Hence, they want to know among other things:


  1. the admission requirements for Nursing, Public Health and Environmental health
  2. the levels at which the SSCE holders will start and the level at which holders of and NCE, ND, HND, BSC will start as direct entry applicants
  3. the processes of application, how to know if and when offered the admission
  4. steps that follow after the online application and admission
  5. the modality of students' participation in the study at various centres and online


The rest of this post will address all the questions above and other related concerns.

National Open University Truly Runs BSC (Degree) Programmes in Nursing, Public and Environmental Health

The university, like any other university, offers a degree in Nursing, Public and Environmental health.


The B.NSc. Nursing Science, B.Sc. Public Health and B.Sc. Environmental Health Science are the three health/medical courses by NOUN, under the armpit of the faculty of Health Sciences. Interested and qualified applicants, therefore, will be able to process any of the three.


  1. A Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is a four-year degree designed for RNs who want to pursue supervisory roles and qualify for higher-paying jobs.
  2. The bachelor's degree in public health (BS) (4-year course) is for students who want real-world experiences and work at the forefront of emerging health and social issues.
  3. The bachelor's degree in Environmental health sciences (4-year course) is for students who want fields that endeavour to learn about how the environment affects people with the end goal of promoting healthier lives.

Education and Certificate requirement to Study Nursing, Public Health and Environmental Health science at National Open University (NOUN)

Generally, as you must have noted above, the three courses, at NOUN, are run for four years. In other universities, these courses (for example Nursing at other conventional universities) are run for usually for five years. These years start from 100 level to 500 level. However, in NOUN, the programme starts from 200 level to 500 level, making 4 years. 


In other words, the NOUN programmes in Nursing, Public Health and Environmental Health are not from the 100 level, but rather from the 200 level.


This is because the university doesn't admit ordinary SSCE (e.g. only WAEC, NECO, NABTEB or GCE) holders for these three courses. They are open to holders of ND, NCE, RN, RM, HND, and BSC. For other courses though, they accept only SSCE result and admits to 100 level.


As an SSCE holder only, if you want Nursing, Public or Environmental health, you don't have such academic exposure and practical and background knowledge to be admitted to the 200 level. Hence, you're out of luck for any of these three courses at the National Open University of Nigeria. 


Even other universities, offering Nursing Nursing, Pubic and Environmental Health, based on distance learning courses, follow the same suit - only 200 level with SSCE plus another advanced qualification.


By implication, these candidates had already acquired enough background and practical knowledge of these courses before they can be admitted to the 200 level. And NOUN doesn't have physical facilities for possible 100-level teachings and practical classes.


Hence, the qualified classes of aspirants should check below for the requirements for each of these courses.

1. NOUN Admission Requirements for Nursing Science

  1. All applicants must have at least credits in Biology, Chemistry, English Language, Mathematics, and Physics
  2. In addition to that, they must be a Registered Nurse (RN)
  3. Hint: Applicants with Registered Midwifery should try their luck as well.

2. NOUN Admission Requirements For Public Health

  1. All applicants must have at least credit in Biology/health science, Chemistry, English Language, Mathematics, and Physics
  2. Holders of Registered Nursing (RN) can apply. Register Midwives should try their luck too
  3. With at least lower credits, in the following courses, in addition to the O’level stated above, holders of Diplomas (e.g. OND) and certificates should apply - Community Health Extension Workers (CHEW), Dental Technician, Environmental Health Officer, Environmental Health Technician, Food And Nutrition, Health Superintendent, Medical Lab. Science, Medical Laboratory Technician, Pharmacy Technician, Physiotherapy Technician, Radiotherapy Technician, Science Laboratory Technology, and Community Health Office Training Certificate (CHO)
  4. With at least credit (B), in the following courses, in addition to the O’level stated above, holders of the Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE) should apply - Home Economics, Nutrition, Physical/Health Education, and Science Education
  5. With at least a third class, in the following courses, in addition to the O’level stated above, BSC (degree) holders should apply – Anatomy, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Health Science, Health Education, Industrial Chemistry, Medical Lab Science, Medicine, Microbiology, Nursing, Nutrition, Pharmacology, Pharmacy, Physics, Physiology, Physiotherapy, Radiotherapy, Science Education, Veterinary Medicine, Zoology
  6. Registered Nurses (and registered Midwives) should also apply

3. NOUN Admission Requirements For Environmental Health Science

  1. All applicants must have at least credit in Biology/health science, Chemistry, English Language, Mathematics, Physics/Agric. Science/Geography
  2. With at least upper credit, in the following courses, in addition to the O’level stated above, diploma (e.g. OND) holders should apply - Agricultural Sciences, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Health Technician, Environmental Management And Pollution, Food Hygiene And Safety, Food Science & Nutrition, Food Science & Technology, Health Education, Medical Laboratory Science, Microbiology, Occupational Health And Safety, Pharmacy Technician, Public Health, Science Laboratory Technology (SLT)
  3. With at least a Pass, in the following courses, in addition to the O’level stated above, higher diploma holders should apply - Agricultural Sciences, Animal Science, Biochemistry, Biology, Botany, Chemistry, Crop Science, Environmental Biology, Environmental Health Technician, Environmental Management And Pollution, Environmental Management And Toxicology, Fisheries, Food Hygiene And Safety, Food Science & Nutrition, Food Science & Technology, Forestry, Geology, Geophysics, Health Education, Mathematics, Medical Laboratory Sciences (AIMLS), Microbiology, Occupational Health And Safety, Pharmacy Technician, Physics, Public Health, Pure And Applied Chemistry, Pure And Applied Physics, Science Laboratory Technology (SLT), Soil Science, Soil Science And Land Management, Zoology
  4. With at least Merit (C), in the following courses, in addition to the O’level subjects stated above, the holders of Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE) should apply - Agricultural Sciences, Biology, Chemistry, Health Education, Home Economics, Integrated Science, Nutrition, Physics, and Science Education
  5. With at least third class, in the following courses, in addition to the O’level stated above, BSC (degree) holders should apply –  Agricultural Sciences, Anatomy, Animal Science, Biochemistry, Biology, Botany, Chemistry, Crop Science, Environmental Biology, Environmental Health Science, Environmental Management And Toxicology, Fisheries, Food Hygiene And Safety, Food Science & Nutrition, Food Science & Technology, Forestry, Geology, Geophysics, Health Education, Industrial Chemistry, Mathematics, Medical Laboratory Science(BMLS), Microbiology, Nursing Science, Pharmacology, Pharmacy, Physics, Physiotherapy, Public Health, Pure And Applied Chemistry, Pure And Applied Physics, Radiotherapy, Science Education, Science Laboratory Technology, Soil Science, Soil Science And Land Management, Veterinary Medicine, and Zoology
  6. Holders of Registered Nursing (RN) can apply. Register Midwives should try their luck too.

Follow These Procedures To Apply For NOUN Nursing, Public Health or Environmental Health Science

  1. You're to fill out the online application form through this link https://www.nouonline.net/
  2. Click on, "Apply for Admission", Then, Then, "Apply for an Undergraduate Programme"
  3. From here, you're to make the registration fee and fill out the form after the successful payment. The registration requires NIN, passport photo, O'level result subjects and grades, the other qualification and grades etc.
  4. After submitting the online application, you'll be offered admission immediately at the point of the registration if the system confirms you meet the requirements for the course applied for, as detailed above.
  5. After this, you're to visit your chosen study centre for the physical screening. You are to go along with all your online printout, admission letter printed, birth certificate, local government identification certificate, National ID card, O'level result and the other advanced qualification certificate
  6. During the screening, at your study centre, these documents will be checked and cleared. Once cleared, you'll be given some books including students' handbooks
  7. You're now a student of the National Open University of Nigeria.

After Being Offered Admission and Cleared, ...

  1. They will give you some information at the study centre which may include how you can participate in the physical lectures and/or the online classes
  2. After that, some books will be sold to you for your level. You could equally be given some eBooks that you will need for your on-computer studies and reading
  3. Students are required to make payments for the tuition. The whole fee may be required in the 200 level. For other years, you can be allowed to part-pay.
  4. Assignments and tests will be given to you through your student's portal, which you're allowed to do at your own pace but within a specific period of time given
  5. Exams are conducted twice a year which will be held physically at the study centres across the nation.
  6. Students are given course advisers in case they need help. 
  7. Just like any other university, you should expect practical, SIWES and IT when the time comes. This you can do with any government-approved or owned hospital, health centres, organization, NGO etc.
  8. Your supervisor will check on you during your IT/SWIES and grade you appropriately. The same is expected during practical postings.
  9. At the end of your academics and programmes, you're required to write a project/thesis just like any other conventional university and get it submitted to the supervisor in charge and your study centre.

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