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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ) ON ND/HND NURSING

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1. What is ND/HND Nursing?

ND/HND Nursing programme was designed to give legal backing by the Federal Government for the award of ACADEMIC CERTIFICATES to Nurses who graduate from Nursing institutions. The ND/HND Nursing programme has been designed to allow for seamless academic progression of graduates along the already existing system of education in the country and to align Nursing Education with Nigerians Educational system; 6-3-3-4. It also takes cognizance of the new scheme of service for Nurses in Nigeria approved by the National Council of Establishment in 2016.
The ND/HND Nursing is a four-year UNINTERUPTED programme i.e 2 years for ND and 2 years for HND. Students start with ND Nursing programme which is a non-terminal programme. The ND Nursing graduates with minimum CGPA of 2.5 (Lower Credit) will then proceed for HND Nursing. HND graduates shall proceed for a one-year mandatory Supervised Clinical Experience (Attachment) in any approved health facility or institution and after the Clinical Experience, they will proceed on one-year NYSC.
Council’s Professional Exam for General Nursing shall be after successful completion of HND 1 Nursing.
Furthermore, students in HND 11 Nursing programme are required to sit for Council’s professional exam in either of the two options of specialization, namely: Midwifery for registration and licensing as Registered Midwife (RM) or Public Health Nursing for registration and licensing as Registered Public Health
Nursing (RPHN).

2. Why ND Nursing programme?

Hitherto, graduate of Basic Nursing programme are not issued any academic certificate upon graduation, they are only issued Testimonial by their Institution and professional licence and registration by Nursing of Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN).
ND/HND Nursing therefore would solve the problem of non-quantification of the RN which is not an academic certificate but a professional registration.
Graduates of Nursing schools will be recognised and treated as their counterparts from other Higher Institutions because they will spend up to 4 years in College and will be mobilised for NYSC like others.
The schools will be reorganised to become a college of Nursing and Midwifery, headed by a Provost.

3. Will the College still run Basic Nursing programme?

No. The College will no longer run Basic Nursing programme because ND Nursing has replaced it.

4. What is the difference between Basic Nursing and ND Nursing programme?

Basic Nursing graduates are not issued any legally backed academic certificate, they are only issued Testimonial and Hospital certificate by their Institution and professional registration and licence by Nursing of Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN). While ND/HND Nursing graduates will be issued with legally backed academic certificates and professional licences.

5. Is HND Nursing equivalent to BNSc Nursing Science?

Academically, HND Nursing is not equivalent to BNSc Nursing, as HND Nursing graduates are required to have PGD Nursing before proceeding to MSc Nursing programme while BNSc Nursing can proceed directly to MSc Nursing. However, professionally, they may be ranked the same since both HND Nursing and BNSc Nursing graduates will obtain the same professional registration and licences, namely, Registered Nurse (RN) and Registered Midwife (RM) or Registered Public Health Nurse (RPHN) licence.

6. What are the SSCE O-Level Requirements for ND Nursing?

Candidates must have minimum of 5 credits including English Language, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics at not more than two (2) sittings in WAEC, NECO or NABTEB. Combination of WAEC&WAEC, WAEC&NECO or NECO&NECO are accepted but NABTEB must stand alone and must be obtained in one sitting.

7. What are the JAMB subject combinations?

JAMB subject combinations for ND Nursing are Use of English, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. Any combination apart from the above, will not be considered no matter the JAMB score.

8.Can I apply with awaiting result?

YES. Candidates with awaiting result can register and sit for JAMB exam BUT the result must be ready and uploaded on JAMB portal before post JAMB screening/interview which will be conducted by the College.

9. What is the minimum cutoff mark?

Minimum cutoff marks is usually determined after every JAMB exam for each category of institutions during JAMB Policy Meeting on Admission. The minimum cutoff marks for ND Nursing is the same with the national minimum cutoff marks for Polytechnics. However, the College may decide to increase its cutoff marks.

9. After completing ND Nursing, can I leave the School?

The ND/HND Nursing is a four-year UNINTERUPTED programme. Students starts with ND Nursing programme which is a non-terminal programme. The ND graduates with minimum CGPA of 2.5 (Lower Credit) will then proceed for HND Nursing.

READ THIS: RELEASE OF RESULTS OF THE PROFESSIONAL EXAMINATION FOR MIDWIVES HELD IN MARCH 2021

ND certificate will only be issued at the completion of the HND

10. Is proceeding from ND to HND automatic?

NO. Students must earn a minimum CGPA of 2.5 (Lower Credit). Where a student scores below CGPA of 2.5, they shall be required to repeat ND II and earn minimum of CGPA 2.5 before proceeding to HND Nursing.

11. Will there be Students Industrial Work Experience (SIWES)/Industrial Training (IT) during the ND programme?

Students shall participate in Supervised Clinical Work Experience (SCWE) while in training. The period of the SCWEs would be in two to three parts of eight weeks each. The first part of SCWE shall be at the end of ND I, while the second part shall be at the end of ND II, the third part at the end of HND 1. The SCWE shall be graded on a pass or fail basis. Where a student has satisfied all other requirements of the programme BUT FAILED SCWEs, he/she may only be allowed to repeat another period of SCWE
12. When will students be indexed by the Council?
Indexing shall be at the beginning of first semester of ND II.

13. When will students sit for Council’s Exam?

Council’s Professional Exam for General Nursing shall be after successful completion of HND 1 Nursing. However, graduates of HND Nursing programme are required to sit for Council’s professional exams in either of the two options of specialization, namely: Midwifery for registration and licensing as Registered Midwife (RM) or Public Health Nursing for registration and licensing as Registered Public Health Nurse (RPHN).

14. How many Certificates and Licences will I get after completing HND Nursing?

Graduates of HND Nursing will obtain 2 academic certificates and 2 professional certificates and licences. The academic certificates are ND Nursing Certificate and HND Nursing Certificate. The professional licences are RN Licence and RM or RPHN Licence

15. Will graduates of HND Nursing go for internship?

Graduates of HND Nursing programme shall undergo a one-year mandatory Supervised Clinical Work Experience (Attachment) in an approved health facility or institution after HND 11 and before proceeding to NYSC.

16. Will graduates of HND Nursing go for NYSC?

Yes, graduate of HND Nursing will be mobilized for NYSC after completing a one-year mandatory Supervised Clinical Work Experience (Attachment) in an approved health facility

17. I have RN or RM or Post Basic or ND or NCE or CHEW or B.Sc, can I apply for HND Nursing?

NO. You cannot apply for HND Nursing. The ND/HND Nursing is a four-year UNINTERUPTED programme i.e 2 years for ND and 2 years for HND. Only students that start with ND Nursing programme which is a non-terminal programme and obtain minimum CGPA of 2.5 (Lower Credit) will proceed for HND Nursing.

18. Will there be Entrance Exam by the College, after sitting for JAMB exams?

No entrance exam. Only Screening examination/interview for those that obtain the minimum cut-off marks from JAMB.

19. Will there be Introductory (Weeding) Exam during ND Nursing programme?

No introductory exam during ND Nursing programme. However, students must good academic standing to proceed from ND 1 to ND 11. Also, students must earn a minimum CGPA of 2.5 (Lower Credit) to proceed to HND 1 and where a student scores below a CGPA
of 2.5, he/she shall be required to repeat ND II and earn minimum of CGPA 2.5 before proceeding to HND Nursing.

20. When will OAUTHC start ND/HND NURSING ?

The program will commence ONLY after the name of the School is listed in JAMB brochure and applicants are able to select our schools. The request for inclusion of our basic schools in JAMB brochure has been made.
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2 Responses

  1. How are the holders of RN certificate and any other post basic certificate affected in this ND/HND nursing programme? Are they in anyway considered?
    Thank you.

  2. In as much as I’m happy with this development at the same time I’m sad Because think RN/RM deserve to be giving opportunity for HND

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