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With DE, What Level Will Be Given to RN/BSC?

Numerous Registered Nurses (RNs) and individuals currently pursuing their foundational (basic) nursing education are exploring the option of Direct Entry to acquire a Nursing degree. A common query arises: "If an RN gains admission through direct entry, at which academic level will they commence—100, 200, or 300?"

Also, based on my interactions with qualified BSC holders seeking clarity on this matter, I've discerned that many are under the impression that direct entry can lead to placement at the university's 200 or 300 level for relevant programs.

Indeed, they are correct.

Some reach out to me simply for elucidation as they embark on this journey. After all, being admitted at the 200 level allows for a 4-year pursuit of the Nursing degree, while starting at the 300 level shortens the duration to 3 years.

In this discourse, I will guide you through the process, unveiling the definitive level of admission and subsequent expectations.

Direct Entry Admission into Nursing Generally Commences at the 200-Level

Accumulated data and experience have consistently indicated that Nigerian universities offering Nursing courses typically admit candidates at the 200 level, irrespective of their qualifications. Whether holding an RN designation or possessing a relevant BSC degree, the likelihood is high that you will begin your Nursing science journey at the university's 200-level.

Certainly, there are cases where certain universities, for some courses apart from Nursing, admit students at the 300-level. However, this principle does not generally apply to Nursing.

With a background in nursing/basic nursing or a recognized BSC program, you are eligible to apply for the JAMB direct entry form, with the potential to secure admission directly at the 200 level.

Opting for Part-Time Doesn't Lead to a 300-Level Start Either

It might seem reasonable to assume that choosing the part-time Nursing program could result in entry at the 300 level.

Unfortunately, the reality is less encouraging. Universities that offer Nursing degrees through part-time and distance learning usually admit direct entry students (excluding SSCE holders for such programs) at the 200 level.

Even the National Open University (NOUN), which is known for considering qualified applicants for the 300-level in related courses like Public Health and Environmental Health, strictly enrolls nursing candidates at the 200 level.

You Have an Additional 4 Years to Complete Your Degree

Having clarified that DE admissions begin at the 200 level, it's worth reiterating that by embracing this path, you are granting yourself four years to complete your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. However, part-time nursing, even starting from the 200 level, may extend to five years instead.

For those who might not be aware, Nursing programs, full-time (though UTME), span five years, unlike many other university courses that can be completed in four years. Therefore, if you pursue DE admission and start at the 200 level, you have four years (or 5 years for part-time) to attain a degree in Nursing Science.

During this period, you'll amass additional certifications. Ultimately, your dedication will culminate in the attainment of qualifications such as BSC (N), Registered Midwifery (RM), and BSN.


As you embark on your journey towards a Nursing degree through Direct Entry, remember that your starting level is generally set at the 200 level, providing you with a platform to immerse yourself in the world of Nursing Science. 

Whether you hold the title of a Registered Nurse (RN) or possess a relevant BSC degree, this pathway opens doors to rewarding possibilities.

With the insights shared here, you're equipped to make informed decisions, shaping the next four years as you work towards achieving qualifications that encompass BSc (N), Registered Midwifery (RM), and BSN—a testament to your dedication and growth in the realm of healthcare.

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