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Brief History

Edo State College of Nursing Sciences started out as two separate schools - the State School of Midwifery and State School of Nursing.
The State School of Midwifery was established in 1948 as a training Institute for Grade Two Midwives at the General Hospital, Benin City. On the 27th of April 1965, the school was upgraded to the status of Grade One Midwifery Training Institution.
The State school of Nursing, Benin was established in 1954 by the then Western Region Government to train Nurses who will satisfy the medical and health care needs of the people.
Both schools which were initially located within the premises of the Hospitals were upon expansion moved to Ezoti Street where the foundation stone was laid by the then Military Governor Dr. Samuel O. Ogbemudia. Upon robust development and the desire to have the school cite nearer to Specialist hospital, the school moved to its present location with its foundation stone laid by His Excellency, Commodore Husaini Abdullahi on Monday the 9th of May 1977.

Closure of the School

Both programs in the school lost accreditation initially Midwifery in 2010 and Nursing in 2012, with Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN), placing an embargo on admission of new students and marked for closure. However, the last set of students graduated in 2014 before the closure of the school.

Reopening of the School

Factors that led to the closure of the school include poor funding, poor record keeping system, inadequate teaching and non-teaching staffs, lack of enabling law(s) backing its existence, inadequate offices, among others. Upon an advisory  reevaluation visit by the NMCN, the Registrar of the Council encouraged the state government to UPGRADE and REVAMP the school to a College of Nursing Sciences. The Governor Mr. Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki swung into action.

Subsequent upon the renovations of the existing structures and addition of new buildings, as well as acquisitions of new medical/nursing models, teaching and demonstration/skills simulation equipment, the Edo State House of Assembly on 12th October, passed the “Edo Sate College of Nursing Sciences Law of 2021” while repealing the “Edo State College of Nursing and Midwifery Law of 2015”. And on 25th of October 2021, received a provincial accreditation from the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN) to re-open the Schools of Nursing and Midwifery, bringing back the basic nursing and basic midwifery programs. It is imperative to note here that the vision of the Edo State Government is to have a College of Nursing that will produce well trained and competent Nurses who will compete favorably with their international counterparts.

Consistent with the NMCN nursing education reform, the college will seek affiliation with a local or international university to offer a Bachelor of Science (BSc,) in nursing, accreditation with National Board of Technical Education (NBTE) to offer National Diploma leading to Higher National Diploma (ND-HND) in nursing or upgrade to a standalone University.

Our Vision

To be a Global Centre of excellence at the forefront of providing innovative Nursing education.


“Knowledge for Service

Our Vision

To be a Global Centre of excellence at the forefront of providing innovative Nursing education.

Our Mission

To prepare Nurses to excel and lead by committing to use most advanced educational tools, best practices and experiential learning across disciplines to create Learning Environment.

Our Team

See organizational structure below