Nursing and Nursing Science

Do you want to go to school in Nigeria to study Nursing and Nursing Science? Do you want to become a Nurse? If yes, this guide is for you. At, we provide various resources for candidates who intends to study at any level of education in Nigeria and abroad.

This post will serve as a comprehensive JAMB brochure for Nursing and Nursing Science aspirants. It has every information you need if you are looking for admission into Nursing and Nursing Science at any Nigerian University. Here you will fine, admission requirements, JAMB Subject Combinations for Nursing and Nursing Science, Admission requirements and special (waiver) considerations for many schools.

Nursing and Nursing Science as a course is offered in many Nigerian Universities leading to the award of B.Sc Nursing. It’s in the Faculty of Nursing or Clinical sciences depending on school’s categorization.

Any students who successfully completed his or her studies in Nursing and Nursing Science will eventually become a Nurse with a qualification level of undergraduate.

Qualification Level: Undergraduate Degree

Nursing Course Duration in Nigeria

The course duration is 5 years for UTME Students and 4 years for Direct Entry Students starting from level 200 (year two).

Basic Admission Requirements for Nursing and Nursing Science

Candidates who made the basic admission requirements are offered admission into 4 or 5 years programme deepening on Mode of entry (UTME or DE).

Although, admission requirements slightly differ in many schools, here are the basic admission as well as waiver considerations.

UTME  Requirements for Nursing and Nursing Science

Candidates who wish to gain admission into Nursing and Nursing Science programme at any University in Nigeria must have at least Five (5) SSCE (WAEC/NECO) credit passes in English Language, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Some schools accepts a combination of O’Level Results to admission consideration.

JAMB-UTME Subject Combination for Nursing and Nursing Science

The JAMB UTME Subject combination for Nursing and Nursing Science are Use of English, Physics, Chemistry and Biology.

Special Admission Considerations for JAMB UTME Candidates 

(i) ABU and  IBADAN: No admission through UTME.
(ii) IBADAN  requires 5 or 6 ‘O’ level credit passes at one or
two sittings to include English  Language, Biology/Health
Sci, Chemistry, Mathematics and any other one of the
following: Economics, Government, Lit-in-English, History,
Geography, Physics, (this  will be an advantage).
(iii)  UNN requirements not more than two sittings in SSCE or its
(iv)  AAU requires five ‘O’ Level credit passes in English
Language, Mathematics, Physics, Biology and Chemistry at
a sitting.
(v)    NDU requires five ‘O’ level credit passes in English
Language, Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology and Physics.

(i) Use of English, Chemistry, Physics and Biology

Direct Entry Requirements for Nursing and Nursing Science

Mathematics, Physics and English Language.

(ii) NRN or its approved equivalent plus five ‘O’ level credit passes  in English Language and one Science subjects chosen from
Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Human Anatomy,
Physiology and Hygiene, Health Science, Further Mathematics and
General Science.

Special Admission Considerations for Direct Entry Candidates 

(i) UNN accepts:
(a) candidates for Anaesthesia who possess Diploma in
Nursing Anaesthesia will have an advantage.  Those
without the Diploma will be required to undergo a six
months post graduation internship at own expense before professional registration. UNN also requires Certificate of
Registered Nurse (RN) or SRN  plus  UTME requirements.
(b)    Nurses registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council
of Nigeria (N&MCN), who also possess UTME requirement
(c)    Three GCE “A” level certificate with passes in Mathematics,
Biology and Chemistry in not more than two sittings plus
UTME requirement.
(d) First degree holders in related disciplines are eligible to
(ii) JOS requires three ‘A’ level and passes in Chemistry, Physics
and Biology/Zoology plus ‘O’ level credit passes in
Mathematics and English Language.
(iii)  BIU and CALABAR require NRN or its approved equivalent
plus five ‘O’ level credit passes in English Language and
one Science subject from the subjects as listed in “Direct
Entry Requirement” column plus two years registration
nursing of experience. IBADAN accepts possession of any
one of the following professional qualifications:
(a)   General Nursing;
(b)      Psychiatric Nursing; (c) Mid-Wifely.
(iv)  ABU and IBADAN accept:
(a)      Nursing/Midwife Diploma;
(b) Nursing Admin. Diploma; and
(c) ‘A’ level passes.
(v)  IBADAN requires two years Post Registration Experience
but will give preference to those with more than five years
experience and candidates with 1st Degree in health
related disciplines.
(vi)    ABU requires at least one year post registration
(vii)    EBSU, LAUTECH and OAU accept an RN Diploma or its
equivalent (as approved by Senate) plus ‘O’ level credit
passes  in English Language, Mathematics, Biology, Physics
and Chemistry.
(viii)    PHC and  NDU – No Direct Entry.
(viii)    IBADAN requires 2 A’ level passes in   Chemistry,
Biology and Physics plus UTME  requirements.
(ix)  FUTO accepts OND/HND at Upper Credit level in
Environmental Sciences , Dental Technology, Laboratory
Technology, Medical
Laboratory Technology and
Prosthetics and Orthopaedic Technology
(x) LAUTECH accepts:
(a) (i) GCE ‘A’ Level or its approved equivalent with passes  in
Chemistry,  Biology and Physics (or Zoology)
(b)  Registered Nurse (RN) Certificates(plus UTME
(c)  First Degree of LAUTECH approved by Senate in any related
courses or profession(plus UTME requirements)may be
considered for admission.
(d) Holders of Advance Diploma Certificate from OYSCANS as
approved by the Senate
(x) OAU accepts Certificate of Registered Nurse (RN) or SRN.
(xi) CALABAR also accepts HND in Public Health, ND in
Environmental Health, Public Health Nursing from West
African Health Examination Board in addition to O’ Level
(xii) AAU accepts
(a) Registered Nurse/Midwife RN, RM with one year post
registration experience; as well as RN,RPN or RN,RNA, or
RN,RNT for DE admission. They must also satisfy UTME

(b) A good first degree in related field e.g. Biochemistry,

MEDICINE AND SURGERY (i) ‘A’ level passes in
Physics, Chemistry and
Five SSCE credit passes in
English Language,
Physics, Chemistry
and Biology.
Anatomy, Human Physiology, Health Education,
Psychology, Guidance and Counselling.
(c) Does not accept a degree in Zoology and Botany for Direct
Entry Admissions.
(xiii) BENIN requires three GCE (A/L) in Biology/Zoology,
Chemistry and Physics plus the O’ Level credit in five other
subjects incl
uding Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry,
Biology and English.
(xiv) ILORIN requires two A’ level or equivalent in a minimum of
two relevant subjects from Biology, Botany, Zoology,
Chemistry, Physics/Mathematics.

Universities that Offer Nursing and Nursing Science in Nigeria

At the time of updating this information, 26+ universities offer Nursing and Nursing Science course at full time in Nigeria. Here are the schools below;

1. Ambrose Alli University – AAU
2. Abia State University – ABSU
3. Ahmadu Bello University – ABU
4. AfeBabalolaUniversity – ABUAD
5. Babcock University – BABCOCK
6. Bayero University Kano – BUK
7. University of Benin – UNIBEN
8. University of Calabar – UNICAL
9. Delta State University – DELSU
10. Ebonyi State University – EBSU
11. University of Ibadan – UI
12. Igbinedion University Okada – IGBINEDION
13. University of Jos – UNIJOS
14. Imo State University – IMSU
15. University of Ilorin – UNILORIN
16. ladoke Akintola University of Technology – LAUTECH
17. University of Lagos – UNILAG
18. Madonna University – MADONNA
19. University of Maiduguri – UNIMAID
20. Niger Delta University – NDU
21. Obafemi Awolowo University – OAU
22. University of Port Harcourt – UNIPORT
23. Usmanu Danfodiyo University – UDU
24. Nnamdi Azikiwe University – UNIZIK
25. University of Nigeria Nsukka – UNN
26. National Open University of Nigeria – NOUN

Schools that Offer Nursing and Nursing Sciences as Public Health TECHNOLOGY
• Babcock University – BABCOCK
• Federal University of Technology Owerri – FUTO
• University of Calabar – UNICAL
• Novena University – NOVENA
• (offers the course as Public and
• Community Health)
• Madonna University – MADONNA


School Fees Depends on school. It’s usually cheaper in Federal Universities, slightly costly in State Universities and are costlier in Private Universities.

Where to Work as a Nurse

Nursing and Nursing Science is one of the most lucrative course to study in Nigeria and other countries. Nurses are also one of the highest paid workers in the labour market. The profession also command huge prestige and respect in the society. They are guaranteed of work in the hospital, pharmaceutical companies, research firms, NGOs etc. They can even open their own clinics and make huge money daily by treating patients. So, it’s a very good course to study.

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