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For over decades in renowned Nigerian Universities offering Nursing Science as an essential course, the degree awarded to graduating students has been the Bachelor in Nursing Science (BNSc) degree after passing their professional certification exams to become Registered Nurses (RNs). However, in recent times, having the BNSc degree as the basic qualification is proving insufficient in the progress of the Nursing profession, also limiting the full capacity and expertise that should be possessed by every graduating Nigerian Nurse. As part of the solution forward, the Bachelor in Nursing and Bachelor in Midwifery (NBBM/ BNBM) degree as the new basic qualification will help push the boundaries of the Nursing Profession and equip fresh Nigerian Nurses with the appropriate skills to be properly utilized in the healthcare sector of Nigeria.


The present and long standing process of becoming a Registered Nurse (RN) in Nigeria has been to undergo the certification examinations organized by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN), which was put in place to guarantee the high quality of Nursing education in Nigeria. Therefore, for Nursing Undergraduates in Nigerian Universities to attain the BNSc degree following five (5) cumbersome years of Nursing education, they are also required to pass the certification exams to become Registered Nurses. In addition, it also takes another certification examination to attain the certification necessary in becoming a Registered Midwife (RW).
For centuries, Nursing and Midwifery has long existed together, two peas in the same pod and closely interrelated in the holistic care of patients. Nursing care can be traced to Midwifery, and Midwifery also began with nursing care. Therefore, a single degree with both Nursing and Midwifery certifications will greatly impact the relevance of the Nursing profession and increase the standard of the profession in relation to our counterpart; the medical profession. A NBBM/BNBM degree will change the face of Nursing in Nigeria, creating a new breed of Nurses that are well competent in executing Nursing duties deep rooted in Midwifery and vice versa.
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The NBBM/BNBM course will equip future graduates with the unique blend of knowledge, skill and ethical behaviors in fulfilling the roles in both the professions of Nursing and Midwifery. With this important reform of the Nursing education in Nigeria, future graduates will become outstanding Nurses with good ability in providing quality, holistic and evidence based care, resulting to an improvement in the outcomes of patients’ health. It will also propagate more opportunities in the post basic sector of Nursing education, giving Nurses a larger scope of courses to study in their Masters and PhD education. Most importantly, the realization of this reform of Nursing education will greatly enhance the dedication and expertise of future Nurses, and improve the honor of the Nigerian Nursing Education.

Requirements Of The NBBM/BNBM Degree

  • A six (6) year Nursing programme to replace the current Bachelor of Nursing Science (BNSc) degree of five (5) years.
  • A curriculum reform within the extension of one year to accommodate further and essential education in the aspect of midwifery; including a broader range of midwifery courses.
  • The expansion of the clinical practices of Nursing Undergraduates to contain necessary knowledge and experience of the Midwifery field.


  • To broaden and enhance the skill set of Nigerian Nurses, by providing them with the knowledge and expertise of both a Registered Nurse and Registered Midwife.
  • To increase the career options and opportunities of Nigerian Nurses which include a variety of specialty options in professional development such as community midwifery, antenatal midwifery, critical care and emergency, international health worker and others.
  • To improve the flexibility and competency of the Nursing profession by augmenting the theoretical and practical knowledge of Nigerian Nurses.
  • To reduce the cumbersomeness of the Nursing education, especially in writing additional Midwifery examinations and improving the quality of the Nursing degree.
  • To award graduates with a double degree in improving the image and standard of Nursing in Nigeria in relation to our counterparts; the medical profession.


In most developed countries suc h as Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom, their universities has moved into the progressive era of Nursing education by awarding prospective Nursing students with a Bachelor in Nursing/Bachelor in Midwifery degree. With the reformed NBBM/BNBM degree in Nigeria, it will certainly change the face of Nursing education in Nigeria and make Nursing amongst the best choices of study in the country. With this improved six year course, Nurses will become more valuable in the healthcare sector, the nurse-client care will be enhanced and overall Nursing care will tremendously improve. The Bachelor in Nursing and Bachelor of Midwifery degree will make Nurses become more employable and competent healthcare professionals with their widened scope of practical and theoretical knowledge, pushing Nigerian Nurses to the forefront of the evolution of Nursing across the globe.
Written By: Nr. Reuben Zirahgi Markus
Nr. Japheth Haruna Jonah
Contributor: Omolabake Salako
Editor : Nr. Dathini Hamina RN., RM., BNSc., MSc., PGDE
Thank you
1. https://www.monash.edu/study/courses/find-a-course/2021/nursing-and-midwifery-m3007
2. https://future-students.uq.edu.au/study/programs/bachelors-nursing-midwifery-2290
3. https://www.deakin.edu.au/course/bachelor-nursing-bachelor-midwifery

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27 Responses

  1. I want to be updated about current issues trending in nursing in Nigeria and to uplift the image of nursing profession in general

  2. I love nursing profession,and am always proud to be one.Thanks and may God continue to bless nurses around the world….

  3. That really a great deal of movement…i got it right through the nerves, that a move like this shines our professional status to lame light…I support n pray it implementation just sooner.up Nigerian nurses! Up NUNSA!!!

    1. The issue of the proposed nursing education reform of NBBM/BNBM degree is a welcome development.This will really bring nursing professing to more limelight in the Nigerian health industries.

  4. I wish to say a job weldone for this excellent submission but wish to differ abit from ur view point by saying that wat we need is to go with the global or national trend of maybe a doctor of Nursing just like our brothren in the laboratory sciences and pharmaceutical sciences. I feel we should dedicated more time like the medical doctors to offering and really studying anatomy and physiology then pharmacology which are they major differences we got which serves as one weapon doctors use against us. Tnx

  5. Hello everyone! Happy Valentine to you all. Nursing is a noble profession. The submission above is a welcome idea. I want to suggest that all Colleges of Nursing Sciences be affiliated to Universities between now to 2025.

    1. I support your idea,
      as NMCN Directives; all hospital based school of nursing/midwifery should either affliate to their parent universities to award degree or upgrade to HND, but NBBM/BNBM Will be better even interm of employment status

  6. Nice piece and well articulated. I think we can canvass for this but not to scrap the SON/Ms.
    For me, this remains a dream for the next one decade or more?

  7. Please let’s remember that quack nurses are outnumbering registered nurses. There by causing unemployment for BSN holders even when employed we receive pittance as salary.
    Let the bodies set to fight against quackery be reactivated.

  8. Kudos to all those involved in this laudable initiative. We should look into School of Nursing and either upgrade it or scrap it as a complementary effort in standardizing Nursing practice.

  9. If the above proposal was impleme nted really it’ll uplift the image of nursing profession in Nigeria..
    Kudoss to you Sir 💪💪💪

  10. We really Appreciates the above matter,
    This is a welcome development that if NMCN & NANNM focused on this and implemented properly, then the image of nursing Will uplifted to the next level.. proudly a nurse.
    U have to continue pressurizing our professional body so that to ensure the approval for the implementation “award of NBBM/BNBM” instead Bnsc.

  11. Is a very good proposal that need to be follow up and implement for the benefits of Nurses and Nursing profession. But I think is good to start with entering point in Nursing which is affecting our young graduate. I am still wondering how one will spend 5 years in university studying Nursing with one year Inten and another year for service and ended with grade level 8 while those in MBBS that spend 6 years with these two Thesame years started with level 12. Is very injustice to these profession and it seem like no body is ready to struggle for this!! Hmmmm

  12. This is a welcome idea but it should be Dr of nursing like that of Dr of pharmacy and Dr of laboratory science the proposal should be presented to NUC for approval thanks.

  13. This will be a top notch achievement when implemented ,kudos to the brains behind this.

  14. A job well done this will lmproved the standard of nursing profession in our country and the whole world at large.

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