How To Become A Nurse In Nigeria

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How To Become A Nurse In Nigeria

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One of the most lucrative and exciting professions around the world today is nursing.

And a lot of people don’t know the ways, the how or the steps for becoming a nurse in Nigeria today. 

So, in this article, I will be explaining to you the ways/steps in which you can become a nurse in Nigeria.

There are basically two ways to become to nurse in Nigeria. It’s either you go through a school of nursing or you go through a university.

If you go through a school of nursing, in an average of 3years, you become a nurse.

However, if you go through university, it takes five years for you to become a nurse.

But then, you may want to know the difference between both routes.

Because just like you, I saw no reason why anyone will spend 5years in the university when they can just spend 3years maximum in the school of nursing.

Well, there is a bit difference between both.

I will advise you to read the types of nursing degrees in Nigeria so you can make a very informed decision.

Also, I want you to know that if you go through a nursing school also known as school of nursing, you become an RN, RM etc

But at the university, you get awarded with BSN.

You can read the differences between the different nursing degrees in Nigeria

For some days now, we have been receiving questions from aspirants/students who are very concerned and bewildered about the best choice to make between a school of nursing and a university.

Have you ever found yourself in that situation trying to decide on which to start your musing career?

Well, after reading this article, you will be cleared on how to make a professions decision.

Furthermore, there are different types of nursing professions but in this post, we are not going to go into such details.

However, if you care to know about the 25 types of the nursing profession, click here.

What are the types of nursing degrees? There are different types of the nursing profession that Nigeria aspirants/students are not aware of.

But like I said above, we will be going off cause if we try to explain all the different types of nursing.

Though, I did give a link to where you can get the types of nursing profession above.

Nonetheless, in Nigeria, we have often heard of auxiliary nurses. But who are auxiliary nurses? What are the roles of auxiliary nurses in a medical environment?

Auxiliary nurses are basically healthcare assistants.

An auxiliary nurse works closely with healthcare professionals, helping to provide patients with a high standard of care.

Now let’s look at the requirements for becoming a nurse Nigeria.

Requirements For Becoming a Nurse in Nigeria

The truth is, nursing is a professional course and the degree is awarded after a professional study.

This implies that you can’t be a nurse unless you have gone through the right study process.

You don’t become a nurse because you feel like a nurse, you become a nurse after going through the academic requirements.

So what is really required for you to become a nurse?

The first and basic requirement you won’t be asked for in a nursing school or the university is a passion for nursing.

Are you easily irritated by sick people or you don’t like caring for sick people? Then nursing is not for you.

I know a friend who was studying medicine in UNIBEN and when she saw a dead body from an auto accident without head and some without legs and hands, she collapsed out of shock.

When she woke up, she had to take JAMB form again to study another course.

As at the time of writing this article, she is studying medical laboratory now.

I will advise you to check out these two articles, how to choose a course to study and the factors to consider before you choose a course to study.

In those articles, it was carefully explained the factors you should know before choosing a course of study.

The basic requirements for you to become a nurse is either you go through a nursing school or go through a university.

Then, what are the subjects one must study to become a nurse?

Let’s see below.

Subjects Combination For Studying Nursing in Nigeria

The subjects needed to study nursing in Nigeria are the basic science subject requirements.

And it is very important you know the subjects you have to take to be able to study nursing in Nigeria.

Just like the character of a lot of students in secondary schools, they really love some professions but don’t like the subjects required of them to study those courses.

Well, it happens.

However, there is this life long question by aspirants about if mathematics is necessary for nursing students, well, it is very important.

If you must study medicine or nursing, you need to get at least a credit in mathematics.

Now let’s consider the subject combination for nursing below:

Nursing Subject Requirements For WAEC OR NECO:

  • English Language
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Mathematics etc.

Nursing Jamb Requirements:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • English Language

In case you want to know the nursing requirements as a direct entry student before you can take the JAMB form, see it below:

Nursing Direct Entry Requirements:

(i)              ‘A’ Level passes in any two (2) of Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics

(ii)            ND Upper Credit in Prosthesis and Orthopaedic Technology.

(i)              Two (2) ‘A’ Level passes in Biology/ Zoology, Chemistry and Physics plus three (3) other ‘O’ Level credit passes in Mathematics, Physics and English Language.

(ii)            NRN or its approved equivalent plus five (5) ‘O’ Level credit passes in English Language and four (4) Science subjects chosen from Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Human Anatomy, Physiology and Hygiene, Health Science, Further Mathematics and General Science.

Having gone through the subject requirements for studying nursing in Nigeria, you may also want to know the list of universities that offers nursing in Nigeria.

Universities in Nigeria That Offers Nursing in Nigeria

  • Ambrose Alli University, AAU
  • Abia State University, ABSU
  • Ahmadu Bello University, ABU
  • Afe Babalola University, ABUAD
  • Achievers University
  • Arthur Jarvis University
  • Atiba University
  • Adeleke University, AUE
  • Babcock University
  • Bayero University Kano, BUK
  • University of Benin, UNIBEN
  • Bingham University
  • Benson Idahosa University, BIU
  • Bowen University
  • Benue State University, BSU
  • University of Calabar, UNICAL
  • Clifford University
  • Delta State University, DELSU
  • Ebonyi State University, EBSU
  • Ekiti State University, EKSU
  • Elizade University
  • Edo University Iyamho, EUI
  • Evangel University
  • Federal University, Birnin Kebbi, FUBK
  • University of Ibadan, UNIBADAN
  • Igbinedion University Okada, IUO
  • University of Ilorin, UNILORIN
  • Imo State University, IMSU
  • University of JOS, UNIJOS
  • University of Lagos, UNILAG
  • Lagos State University, LASU
  • Ladoke Akintola University Of Technology, LAUTECH
  • Lead City University of Nigeria, LCITY
  • Madonna University
  • University of Maiduguri, UNIMAID
  • Niger Delta University, NDU
  • National Open University, NOUN
  • Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU
  • Olabisi Onabanjo University, OOU
  • University of Medical Science, OSUMS
  • PAMO University of Medical Sciences
  • PHC
  • Redeemers University of Nigeria
  • Rhema University of Nigeria
  • Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, UDUSOK
  • Osun State University, UNIOSUN
  • Nnamdi Azikiwe University, UNIZIK
  • University of Nigeria Nsukka, UNN
  • Zamfara State University

Salary of Nurses In Nigeria

I don’t really like to talk about the salaries of nurses in Nigeria. This is because I personally feel they are underpaid.

In some countries like the USA, nurses are gold. They are paid hundreds of thousands of dollars annually.

This is why many Nigerians always say that they will study nursing in Nigeria and travel abroad to practice.

Well, that’s not a bad idea if you can do that.

Anyway, to know the salaries of nurses in Nigeria, check out the article, the salaries of nurses in Nigeria.

If you have seen the articles on the salaries of nurses in Nigeria, what do you think? Leave a comment below on your thoughts.

Lastly, having read everything on how to become a nurse in Nigeria, you can take the bold step in becoming what you desire.

Nursing is a great profession that is very lucrative in every country and nations of the world.

Kindly check the list of related articles I have attached below for your perusal.


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2 Responses

  1. Temmy says:

    Hello,please which professional course can I take before entering to study nursing in the university, I have a bsc in health information management, so I’d like to know if there are professional courses I can take while waiting for an admission to the university.

  2. dinipre mendi says:

    Did one need to write JAMB to qualify to study nursing in the school of nursing and is there any age barrier in studying nursing both in the University and the school of nursing?

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