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A Brief Description About Department Of National Diploma Nursing Program

Welcome to the department of National Diploma, Edo State college of Nursing Sciences, Nigeria. The department is currently running a two (2) year  National Diploma in Nursing program as approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria.


The goal of Nursing over the years has been to contribute to the health of individuals, families and the society. Initially, nursing concentrated on the care and comfort of the ill and injured. However, as a result of recent advances in behavioral, biological, technological and physical sciences as well as changes in disease pattern, health perception and management; strenuous demands are placed on all forms of education thus, necessitating a re-examination of the relevance of the existing curriculum to a rapidly changing society.

Nursing education takes cognizance of the National Policy on Education (NPE) in developing sound educational principles, essential to the preparation of nurses who will function as members of the multidisciplinary health team in health institutions and in the primary health care settings with the intersectoral collaborators in health

The National Diploma (ND) in Nursing is geared towards meeting the learning needs of student nurses, societal needs, philosophy of nursing, learning theories and professional standards. The programme forms the basis for the practice of nursing and continuing education in the discipline of nursing. Furthermore, it is designed to develop the cognitive, affective and psychomotor skills of students in problem solving.

Active participation in both hospital and community-based clinical services is essential for student’s acquisition of sound academic and clinical knowledge, attitudes and skills/practice



This programme is designed to produce compete, polyvalent nurse practitioners/versatile nurses capable of using problem-solving skills in providing safe, acceptable, effective, affordable and qualitative health services to meet the health needs of individuals, families and communities at all levels of health care.


1. The ND General Nursing programme is non-terminal and shall last for two (2) years. It consists of four (4) semesters of classroom, clinical and laboratory activities.

2. It also includes 4 months of supervised clinical work experience scheme (SCWES), which shall take place at the end of the second semester of the first year.

3. Each semester shall be of 17 weeks duration made up as follows :

    – 15 contact weeks of teaching (i.e., lectures , Tutorials, Practical session, etc. ) and

    – Two (2) weeks for examination.

  • ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: Interested candidate must have a credit pass in at least five subjects at the GCE/WAEC/NECO at least not more than two sittings. The subjects must include Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics and English Language and must have sat for the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) examination and score 180 and above. Candidate are also required to do a Computer Based Test (CBT) in order for successful candidates to be admitted into the program.