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How To Become A Nurse In Nigeria (Best Guide)



How to become a nurse in Nigeria
How to become a nurse in Nigeria

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Do you see yourself caring for people in the hospital? You just want to make sure everyone you have contact with are doing fine? Nursing profession may be for you. Am going to show you briefly how to become a nurse in Nigeria the right way.

Nursing is a course you do when you have a passion to care for people regardless of age, ethnicity or background. And its such a noble profession.

Who do you think Nurses are?

Nurses are health professionals that are trained to care for sick people, knowledgeable in disease processes and able to collaborate with other health care professionals to make sure they are optimally cared for.

Where do nurses work?

Nurses work in many fields and the number one place you will see nurses is the hospital either Federal, state or private hospitals.

Nigerian Nurse

Not only that, nurses work in industries (occupational nurse), ministry of health, school (school health nurse and as lecturer), and so many organizations you can think of.

Nurses also work in almost all departments in the hospital. Theatre, Ward, Labor room, Psychiatric department etc.

How to become a nurse in Nigeria

Becoming a nurse in Nigeria is not something as difficult as most people think it is and is not gender based. There are lots of male nurses out there (its no longer a female profession). There are some important requirements. Viz;

  • Must be a science student in secondary school
  • Must pass your O’level examination with subjects such as English, Mathematics, Biology, Physics, and Chemistry at one or two sittings

The aforementioned info are the prerequisites to becoming a nurse in Nigeria.

Male nurse in Nigeria

Where to study nursing in Nigeria

There are just two places you can study to become a nurse presently in Nigeria.

  • University: To study nursing in Nigerian universities, you must have passed your UTME (English, Biology, Physics, Chemistry) and your post-UTME of the university of your choice.

Duration: Nursing science in university is 5 years excluding strikes or any unforseen circumstances that may occur during your study. At the end of five year, you will be awarded your degree and Registered Nurse certificate.

  • School of Nursing: Duration of study here is 3 years with maybe two or three weeks holidays in a session. The subjects is same with the one mentioned above BUT you do not need to write UTME and post-UTME.

At the end of the course in Nursing school, you will be awarded a Registered Nurse certificate (just like a diploma).



What to do after Nursing school?

It is advisable for you to further in the profession if you don’t want to be sidelined.

To further, you will need to get a degree I.e BNSc from any university that offers BNSc. Since you have a Registered Nurse certificate, you will just need to start from 200l (LAUTECH is popular for this) which is mostly done online and fulltime. Whichever you want.

You can also go for professional courses (such as Accident and Emergency nursing, Occupational nursing, Midwifery, Anaesthetic and so on) before proceeding to your degree program.

How to study nursing in Nigeria

Can I become a nurse without going to school of Nursing or university?

The answer to this is capital NO! You can only study nursing either in university or school/college of nursing in Nigeria. Those that are trained in private hospitals are what we call QUACKS (popularly referred to as auxiliary nurses) and law enforcement agents are hunting them down.

Over to you…

I am a Registered nurse and I have just explained to you how and where you can study nursing in Nigeria to become a nurse. You can either go to university or school of nursing. The choice is yours. I hope you find this article helpful.

Do you have any question? Ask me in the comment below or you the contact form

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  1. Olaleye Jemimah

    June 18, 2019 at 5:32 pm

    You nailed it

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LAUTECH Begins A-Level JUPEB Programme For Candidates Seeking Admission Into 200level





The Management of Ladoke Akintola University, Ogbomoso introduces Joint University Parliamentary Examination Board JUPEB, an A’ Level programme’ for candidate seeking admission into 200level of the tertiary and other universities in Nigeria.

In a release made available to AMILOADED Media, successful candidates will be awarded JUPEB Certificate which will enable them gain direct entry admission into 200level degree of the university and other JUPEB-affiliated Universities throughout Nigeria.

The release also stated that eligible candidates must possess a minimum of 5 credits in not more than two sittings from either WAEC, NECO or NABTEB in at least 5 subjects relevant to the candidate’s choice of course.

How to apply for LAUTECH JUPEB Programme

Interested candidates are hereby enjoined to visit or email to apply for the programme

Prospective candidates can also contact the school on whatsapp via 08035821847, 08033786715 or 08033043305.

Application closes on Saturday, 31st August 2019.


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