List of Courses/Programs Offered by Colleges of Nursing -

List of Courses/Programs Offered by Colleges of Nursing

If you've used to universities, you must have got the ideas of courses being offered by the apex institution. A university's courses may include Medicine, Pharmacy, Accounting, Mechanical Engineering etc.

The same can be said about polytechnics, which offer, among other courses, Accountancy, Business administration, Science Laboratory Technology, Building Tech, Agric technology and Architectural Technology.

Talking of the schools and colleges of Nursing, what are the courses being offered by the institutions training and grooming nurses?

This post is not aimed at listing the class-courses or level-courses (e.g. Basic Nutrition in Nursing, Basic Parasitology, Basic Principles of Chemistry, Basic Principles of Organic Chemistry, Cardiovascular & Respiratory System, Client teaching/Counselling Practicum etc.) to be taken while in schools of Nursing (i.e. in your classes from the year 1 to the final year). It aims to list courses you can seek admission to or be admitted into if you want to attend a school of Nursing.

In order words, this post will enlist the programmes offered by schools and colleges of Nursing you may want to seek admission into.

Schools and Colleges of Nursing Offer Seven Academic Programmes

Depending on the qualification or certificate being used to seek admission into any school of nursing and the available resources vis-à-vis the programme-accreditation, schools and colleges of nursing can offer any of the courses listed below.

  1. Basic Nursing
  2. Basic Midwifery
  3. Post-Basic Nursing
  4. Post-Basic Midwifery
  5. National Diploma in Nursing
  6. Higher National Diploma in Nursing
  7. Certificate Courses

Let's take each of these courses, the schools that offer it, its requirements and prospect.

1. Basic Nursing

Nearly all schools and colleges of Nursing are offering Basic Nursing. This is a three-year programme which will groom you to become a certified Nurse after bagging a Registered Nurse (RN)

To be admitted for basic Nursing, you'll need English, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics and Biology in any of the available SSCE (WAEC, NECO, NABTEB, GCE) or a combination of two

Once completed and licensed by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN), you're qualified to work as a staff nurse in any hospital be it home or abroad.

A few schools of Nursing still offering Basic nursing are the School of Nursing Osogbo, Oyo State School of Nursing, and School of Nursing Ido-Ekiti. You can find others in the list of those schools of nursing that are not requesting JAMB.

It's important to note that, with time, these schools of Nursing might upgrade their Basic Nursing programme to National Diploma in Nursing and may run both together. For example, the School of Nursing, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife was once offering basic nursing before it upgraded that to National Diploma in Nursing, starting from the 2022/2023 admission.

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2. Basic Midwifery

Similar to Basic Nursing, Basic Midwifery is equally a three-year course which will certify you to be a licensed midwife.

Although basic midwives are not as recognized as basic nurses, they're both recognized in their areas of specialization.

As such, WAEC, NECO, GCE or NABTEB or the combination of the two is the main prerequisite to be qualified for and be admitted into basic midwifery.

In most cases, schools of nursing, offering basic nursing, will equally offer basic midwifery. Hence, it's safe to expect the two courses in a particular school. In other words, if a school offers one, it's more likely to offer the other.

For example, the School of Nursing Osogbo, Osun State offer both Basic Nursing and Basic Midwifery.

3. Post-Basic Nursing

If you care to study further, after your basic Nursing, you have two options. First, is to cross to a university offering degree in Nursing, through JAMB direct entry admission. Second, you can add value to your basic nursing with a post-basic nursing programme. The latter will help you qualify as a midwife too.

The post-basic Nursing programme is usually a 1-2 year training which will qualify you to have, in addition to your registered Nurse (RN), the Registered Midwife (RM).

You could have, at this point, understand that the requirement to be admitted for post-basic nursing is basic nursing together with your SSCE.

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4. Post-Basic Midwifery

A basic midwife who wishes to further his/her studies can also consider the JAMB direct entry or some distance learning programmes of universities offering Nursing such as the Ladoke Akintola University distance learning etc.  He or she can also consider post-basic midwifery which will usually qualify him or her to be a general nurse too.

To be qualified, you must have basic midwifery and SSCE.

A majority of schools offering basic nursing and basic midwifery will also run their post-basic midwifery programmes.

5. National Diploma (ND) in Nursing

The National Diploma in Nursing is a two-year academic programme that will lead to your entrance into the second phase of the programme called the Higher National Diploma (HND) in Nursing.

Even though when a school offers basic nursing, it may not be running the National Diploma in Nursing, we still have some that will run both. 

For example, the Katsina College of Nursing runs both the basic Nursing and the National Diploma in Nursing. However, the Nigerian Army College of Nursing, among many, stopped its basic nursing as soon as it started the National Diploma in Nursing.

Unlike polytechnics that run ND and HND in different courses, schools and colleges of nursing run it only in Nursing and it's done uninterruptedly. This means, no Industrial Training (IT) after the ND, like for the polytechnics. Here, you finish the ND and proceed immediately into HND, usually in the same school.

To be qualified for admission into the National Diploma in Nursing, aspirants must have the 5 required subjects in their SSCE together with JAMB UTME.

In other words, a candidate, after having WAEC, NECO, GCE or NABTEB or a combination of two, must also obtain the JAMB form, select the school of nursing as his/her choice or change to the schools before they can be admitted.

Even though there are more factors to know that helps admissions into schools and colleges of Nursing, meeting the SSCE and JAMB requirement is the priority.

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6. Higher National Diploma (HND) in Nursing

After your ND in Nursing, you may choose to cross to a university offering nursing or continue to the HND level with the same school of nursing or another.

If you choose the latter, you'll be awarded HND in Nursing at the end of your 4 years in the school of nursing.

With this, the prerequisite to further into HND is ND in Nursing together with your SSCE.

Similar to people who study Nursing in universities, when done with HND in Nursing, you're qualified to be mobilized for NYSC and be equivalent to the Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (Degree/BNSC).

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7. Certificate Courses

From time to time, some schools of Nursing will run certain certificate programmes. These programmes can award you a diploma/certificate in a particular specialization.

This set of programmes will usually be opened to holders of basic nursing, basic midwifery, post-basic nursing, post-basic midwifery, ND/HND in Nursing and others in the health industry.


Above is the list of programmes/courses any school of nursing can offer. However, it's unlikely to see any that offer all. The basic is that it's your qualification that determines which course you can seek admission for.

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