I remember answering this question in my post “School of Nursing, Health Tech and Hygiene: Answers to Students’ Questions on Admissions”. But the same question keeps cropping up among my readers. People want me to talk further about it. Will it be possible to go for NYSC or service after completing Nursing? Do the school of nursing graduates go for NYSC?
Another lady visited me at the office. With her presentation, she would like to go for the College of Health Technology if after finishing Nursing she would not be allowed to serve.
Well, this issue needs to be taken a bit further indeed.
First, let see the two types of Nursing programmes we have.
- University Nursing Programme: This is also a Degree in Nursing (BSN). You take this with a university of your choice. Therefore, before you are admitted for a Degree Nursing, you must have sat for JAMB UTME, chosen a university of your choice, written their post UTME and eventually been admitted into the university through JAMB.
- School or College of Nursing Programme: This is also called the Registered Nursing (RN). You’re admitted for this as a course under a university teaching hospital. To be admitted, you’re only required to have the right SSCE grades and without JAMB UTME.
I detailed the differences between the two in the post “Difference Between Registered Nursing (RN) and Registered Midwifery (RM)”
And sometimes, you may want to know which one is better for you. If yes, I recommend you read “School of Nursing VS University of Nursing: Differences, Better One and List of Schools”
Now, back to your question of whether you will be able to serve in NYSC after studying Nursing, here is the answer.
- If you do Degree Nursing, YES
- If you do Registered Nursing, NO.
That’s straight forward and should be clear.
Possible Reasons Why Registered Nurses Are Not Allowed to Serve at NYSC
And if you’re inquisitive to know why, below may be one of the reasons people who go for Nursing school programmes are not allowed to serve.
- School/College of nursing programme is a 3-year curse whereas the BSN or degree Nursing last 5 years
- Schools/Colleges of Nursing are not under the control of JAMB. A school being under JAMB is one of the prerequisites to serve because the JAMB registration Number is required to mobilize students for NYSC.
- Schools/Colleges of Nursing graduates are only awarded the Registered Nursing (RN) certificate. Graduates of Nursing at universities are awarded RN, Registered Midwifery (RM) and BSN.
How Can You Still Serve With Registered Nursing?
If NYSC is at the top of your mind after your School or College of Nursing programme, here is what it takes:
- Obtain the JAMB Direct Entry (DE) form. This is not a JAMB UTME form. DE doesn’t involve writing exams like the UTME.
- There, you will choose the University of your Interest where to further your studies.
- If offered the admission, you’ll be admitted into 200 level (as a direct entry applicant) instead of the 100 level for the UTME candidates
- You will then spend four years at university instead of 5 years for UTME candidates
- After your graduation, you can then be mobilized for NYSC if you’re not more than 30 years at the year of mobilization or graduation.
Sometimes it can be a long journey going to the school of nursing before proceeding to universities for a degree in Nursing. However, if you can take the route, this is what to expect.
Do you think you will like to go to the school of nursing first before university? Do you think you’d better waited till you’re able to gain admission through JAMB? Drop a comment below.
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