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Admission and Graduation Requirements


Candidates seeking admission into B.N.Sc. programme should possess the minimum entry qualifications as contained under general issues on Basic Medical Sciences.

Direct Entry

Candidates possessing Registered Nursing Certificate (RN) and the required five subjects at ‘O’ level may be admitted by direct entry.

Duration of Programme

The duration of the B.Sc. Nursing Degree Course is 5 years for Joint Matriculation Examination Entry candidates and 4 years for Direct Entry Candidates. As a professional degree, the B.N.Sc. shall not be classified.

Learning Outcome

By the end of the academic programme, the graduate of the B.N.Sc. programme should demonstrate:

a) Regime of Subject Knowledge

i) The scientific principles basic to the nursing care of individuals of all ages in a variety of physical and social settings;

ii) The nursing process;

iii) The communication process and group dynamics;

iv) The process of scientific inquiry: and

v) The functions of members of the health team and their interrelatedness and interdependency.

b) Competencies and Skills

vi) Identifying health needs, planning and giving comprehensive nursing care to individuals of all ages a variety of settings;

vii) Applying Basic Scientific and Nursing Theories, Principles and concepts in the practice of Nursing and Midwifery;

viii) Selecting appropriate nursing intervention and performing technical skills with maximal dexterity.

ix) Effective communication by organizing though and expressing it in the manner in which it could be easily comprehended;

x) Planning and effecting health promotion activities;

xi) Working co-operatively as a member of the health team in primary health care by:

1) Sharing information

2) Accepting Responsibility and limitation willingly

3) Participating in group activities

vii) Initiating and developing entrepreneurship in health services for the underserved and unserved areas.

c) Behavioural Attitudes

i) Recognizes the essential worth of the individual through her interpersonal responses.

ii) Appreciates varieties in human behaviour which may influence the care of the individual.

iii) Shows commitment to the role of nurse and to the nursing profession

iv) Shows sense of responsibility for self-direction and personal growth.

 Attainment Levels

Students in the Nursing Degree programme must attain sufficient level of cognitive knowledge, practical skills and attitudinal orientation to be able to pass

the degree and the professional examination. The relevance of the Nursing Curriculum shall be maintained by each University


(i) feed backs from graduates of the programmes and their employers and the regulatory bodies;

(ii) review of the curriculum every 5 years;

(iii) course evaluation by students and teachers;

(iv) incorporation of research findings and innovations in curriculum design, implementation and evaluation.


a) The evaluation system adopted by NUC and N&MCN for accreditation should be maintained.

b) Methods for course evaluation should be as follows:

i) Course Unit System

ii) Continuous Assessment

iii) Observational Techniques

iv) Anecdotal an Critical Records

v) Check-list and Rating scales in Clinical Areas

vi) Individual and Group Presentations

vii) Project Quizzes and Tests.

Examination Regulations

Besides individual university examination regulation, the following regulations shall apply to the BNSc programme:

(1) Before a student graduates, she/he should have taken and passed all the courses and fulfilled all other requirements for graduation by the university.

(2) For all Nursing courses, the pass mark shall be 50%.

(3) For all other courses, the pass mark shall be according to the regulations governing the courses.

(4) Students should pass all courses that are pre-requisite to other courses before moving to the next level in the programme. A student who fails one or two courses in a semester should be allowed to take make-up examinations in that semester before moving to the next level.

A student who fails more than two clinical courses shall repeat the year.