If you are looking for a list of schools or universities offering part-time nursing programs in Nigeria, you may be disappointed to learn that there are no such programs. Nursing is a specialized professional course that can only be studied at schools/colleges of nursing and universities offering Nursing Science. Colleges of health technology, polytechnics, colleges of education, and innovation enterprise institutions are all excluded from running nursing as a course.
Nursing is an intensive course that requires a full-time commitment to learning. Therefore, all schools and universities that offer nursing run it on a full-time basis.
However, some universities have started offering Nursing Science on a part-time basis. But there is a clause to that which will be discussed shortly.Schools and colleges of nursing that run basic nursing and/or midwifery programs and those running ND/HND in Nursing do not offer part-time programs. Basic nursing and basic midwifery are three-year full-time courses that require students to be within the school premises (usually hostels) when the program is ongoing.
Students are expected to be in classes/clinics from Monday to Saturday like any other conventional full-time academic program. The same is applicable to the schools and colleges of nursing running ND/HND in nursing. You’re to be admitted and run your 4-year ND/HND program uninterruptedly and on a full-time basis.However, if you are interested in pursuing a career in nursing, there are several pathways to consider.
You can attend a school/college of nursing or a university offering Nursing Science on a full-time basis. You can also attend a university that offers Nursing Science on a part-time basis. In addition, you can pursue a diploma in practical nursing (PN), an associate in nursing (ASN), a bachelor’s in nursing (BSN), a master of science in nursing (MSN), or a doctoral degree in nursing.
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Among the few universities offering Nursing Science on a part-time basis are:
- Bayero University, Kano
- University of Ibadan
- Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife
- Ladoke Akintola University, Ogbomoso
- National Open University of Nigeria
- Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki
- Babcock University Ilishan Remo
It is important to note that nursing is a 5-year course in Nigerian universities, and it starts from the 100-level if you are being admitted on a full-time basis (using SSCE and JAMB). However, on a part-time basis, it starts from the 200-level, which will only be opened to candidates who must have finished basic nursing, basic midwifery, or ND/HND in Nursing
Therefore, if you are seeking admission for Nursing on a part-time or distance learning but with just SSCE, you won’t be lucky because such is not yet available. However, if after completing your basic nursing, basic midwifery, ND/HND in Nursing, ND in Orthopedics, and related qualifications, you wish to further your studies on a part-time basis, you should be lucky with the universities listed below.Universities Offering Nursing on a Part-Time Basis
- University of Ibadan (UI DLC)
UI DLC requires applicants to have completed the three-year General Nursing program in an accredited School of Nursing and be registered with and currently licensed by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria to practice. Candidates must have the Senior Secondary School Certificate or equivalent with credit in the following subjects: English Language, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics (Physics may be waived for candidates who obtained NRN certificate before 1990).
- Ladoke Akintola University (LAUTECH ODL)
LAUTECH ODL requires applicants to possess at least five (5) credit passes in SSCE/GCE/NECO at not more than two sittings in relevant subjects. In addition, applicants should possess a Registered Nurse Certificate (RN) or its equivalent.
- National Open University (NOUN)
NOUN requires applicants to possess at least credits in Biology, Chemistry, English Language, Mathematics, and Physics. In addition to that, they must be a Registered Nurse (RN).
- Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU DLC)
OAU DLC requires applicants to be nurses registered by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (RN/RPN/RM/RPHN, etc.). Applicants must possess ‘O’ Level Credit in five (5) subjects obtained at NO MORE THAN TWO SITTINGS.
- Bayero University, Kano (BUK ODL)
BUK ODL requires applicants to possess Nursing Certificate. Candidates must have credits in English, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.
- Ebonyi State University (Work & Study Programme)
Ebonyi State University (Work & Study Programme) requires candidates with a registered Nursing (RN) Certificate only. Admission into the Work and Study Programme (WASP) requires (5) O’ Level Credit passes in relevant subjects including English Language and Mathematics at the Ordinary Level (SSCE, NECO, GCE, and NABTEB). The O’ Level credit passes are to be obtained in not more than two (2) sittings.
- Babcock University (Conversion Programme)
Babcock University (Conversion Programme) requires applicants to be Registered Nurses (RN) with the N&MCN. In addition, possession of at least one post-RN certification e.g. Registered Midwife (RM) Registered Public Health Nurse (RPHN,) and Registered Psychiatric Nurse would be an advantage. Candidates must equally possess satisfactory results at the senior secondary school certificate examination (SSCE) or its equivalent in five subjects, at not more than two sittings, which must include English language, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics.