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Nursing is a noble profession. It is an important part of healthcare sector. Nurses are healthcare professionals who are capable of taking care of patients suffering from various diseases, assisting Doctors in surgery and treatment. In this article, you will be reading about nursing courses available in India, course details, eligibility criteria, career prospects and job opportunities available after completing the course.

Nursing is a job oriented medical course. Healthcare sector is one such area, which is recession proof. No matter what’s the economic status of a nation- Developing or Developed- there is always a demand for healthcare services. Nurses are an integral part of medical profession. Along with qualified Doctors, Nurses are also in huge demand everywhere.

SYLLABUS

  • B.Sc. in Nursing (Basic)– 4 years long Bachelor’s Degree course
  • B.Sc. in Nursing (Post Basic)– 2 years long Bachelor’s Degree course (3 years long in distance education mode)
  • GNM (Diploma in General Nursing and Midwifery)– 3.5 years long program
  • ANM (Diploma in Auxiliary Nursing and Midwifery)– 2 years long program
  • M.Sc. in Nursing– 2 years long PG Degree program
  • M.Phil. in Nursing– 1 year long advanced program (2 years in part time format)
  • PhD in Nursing– 3 to 5 years long advanced program

B.Sc. Nursing (Basic)– 10+2 Science stream passed with Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English subjects from a recognized board. Minimum aggregate marks required may vary from one Institute to another (generally around 50% marks). Candidate must be at least 17 years of age.

GNM– 10+2 passed in any Science or Arts from a recognized board. Minimum aggregate marks required may vary from one Institute to another (generally around 50% marks). Candidate must be at least 17 years of age. ANM qualification holders are also eligible to pursue this course.

ANM– 10+2 passed in Science or Arts from a recognized board. Minimum aggregate marks required may vary from one Institute to another (generally around 50% marks). Candidate must be at least 17 years of age. Note: In case of many Institutes , the eligibility criteria is much more relaxed.

B.Sc. Nursing (Post Basic)– must be 10+ 2 passed from Science or Arts and must also have completed GNM program. Candidate must be a registered nurse with the State Nurses Registration Council.

M.Sc. Nursing– must have completed B.Sc. Nursing/Post Certificate B.Sc./Post Basic B.Sc. Nursing from an Institute recognized by the INC with minimum 55% aggregate marks. Candidate should have 1 year working experience after completing the B.Sc. program and should also be a registered nurse with the State Nurse Registration Council.

M.Phil. Nursing– must have passed M.Sc. in Nursing (with any speciality) from an Institute recognized by the INC with minimum 60% aggregate marks.

PG/Post Basic Diploma Nursing– must have completed B.Sc. Nursing/Post Basic B.Sc. Nursing/GNM from an Institute recognized by the INC with minimum 55% aggregate marks.

After completing any of the above mentioned nursing course, one may register with State Nurse Registration Council and become a ‘Registered Nurse’ or ‘Registered Midwife’. After that, one may work as a nurse at Government hospitals, private hospitals, primary health centres, community health centres, rehabilitation clinics and private clinics.