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Ph.D. Nursing or Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing is a Doctorate Nursing course. It is subjective in nature and undertakes the research work in depth. On the completion of doctorate degree scholars have to submit their "thesis" and then they deserve the respective degree. Nursing is a healthcare profession focused on the care of individuals, families, and communities so they may attain, maintain, or recover optimal health and quality of life from conception to death. The duration of the program is minimum two years from the date of registration (three years for external candidates) and maximum five to six years. The minimum qualifications and other eligibility criteria for admission are the same as for regular full time students. Ph.D. is a broad based course involving a minimum course credit requirement and research thesis.



National Health Policy (NHP) 2002 emphasizes the need to prepare nurses to function in super-speciality areas who are required in tertiary care institutions, entrusting some limited public health functions to nurses after providing adequate training, and increase the ratio of degree holding versus diploma holding nurses.

It is observed that there is an acute shortage of nursing faculty in under graduate and post graduate Nursing programme in India


With an increase in health consciousness the quality of health services has also improved. Well trained, specialized nurses are being recruited by health organizations all over the country. Students of nursing have job prospects in government or private hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, old age homes, orphanages, industries, military services, schools and various other places.


India has the largest number of nurses going abroad. Majority of nurses all over the world belong to the Indian state of Kerala. The standard of health services in the western countries is very high. In those countries students of nursing can find jobs in specialized fields like Medical, Surgical, Telemetry (CCU), ICU, ER and several others. The pay packet for nurses is also is higher in countries abroad.


1. The candidate should be a Registered Nurse and Registered midwife or equivalent with any State Nursing Registration Council.

2. The minimum education requirements shall be the passing of B.Sc. Nursing / B.Sc. Hons. Nursing / Post Basic B.Sc. Nursing with minimum of 55% aggregate marks.

3. The candidate should have undergone in B.Sc. Nursing / B.Sc. Hons. Nursing / Post Basic B.Sc. Nursing in an institution which is recognized by Indian Nursing Council.

4. Minimum one year of work experience after Basic B.Sc. Nursing.

5. Minimum one year of work experience prior or after Post Basic B.Sc. Nursing.

6. Candidate shall be medically fit.

7. 5% relaxation of marks for SC/ST candidates may be given.


A Candidate pursuing M.Sc Nursing Course shall study in the concerned department of the institution for the entire period as a full time student. No candidate is permitted to work in any college/Hospital, etc, during the academic period.

No candidate should join any other course of study or appear for any other examination conducted by this university or any other university in India or abroad during the period of registration.

Candidate having regularly and satisfactorily undergone the course of study by attending not less than 80% of the classes held both in theory and in practical separately in each subject shall be eligible for appearing at examination.


Sl No Branch Specialization No of Seats
1 Medical Surgical Nursing 5
2 Paediatric Nursing 5
3 Obstetrics and gynaecology 5
4 Community Health Nursing 5
5 Psychiatric nursing 5


Subjects Theory (hrs) Practical (hrs)
1st year
Nursing education 150 150
Advance Nursing Practice 150 200
Nursing Research and Statistics 150 100
*Clinical speciality –I 150 650
Self study / Library 50
Total 600 1150
Subjects Theory (hrs) Practical (hrs)
IInd year
Nursing Management 150 150
Nursing Research(Dissertation) 300
*Clinical speciality –II 150 950
Total 300 1400


B. Sc Nursing or Bachelor of Science in Nursing is an undergraduate Nursing course. Nursing is a healthcare profession focused on the care of individuals, families, and communities so they may attain, maintain, or recover optimal health and quality of life from conception to death. During the course it is taught the nurses that how to work in a large variety of specialties where they work independently and as part of a team to assess, plan, implement and evaluate care. Nursing science is a field of knowledge based on the contributions of nursing scientist through peer reviewed scholarly journals and evidenced-based practice. The duration of the course is four years but it depends on institute to institute as per their rules. The value of the course is an immense and it is job orienting in nature. The course is being provided by many colleges throughout the country.


• Nursing as a career is really lucrative not only for women but also for men. Due to fast expansion of health-related industries, there is a hike in the need for nurses as well. New hospitals are coming up rapidly. There are multi-specialty hospitals that are always in the need of specialized nurses in various disciplines.

• People who have undergone nursing degree programs and are having degrees in nursing are in high demand. One should remember that higher the degree in nursing, higher is the specialization amounting to a higher salary as well.

• After successful completion of Bachelor of Science in the field of Nursing, the graduates or the candidates can either work as a nurse in a good reputed hospital or clinic or take up higher studies such as Masters in Nursing after their Bachelor's:


1. Passed the two year Pre-University examination or equivalent as recognized by Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, with science subjects, wise Physics, Chemistry and Biology.

2. Obtained at least 45% of the total marks in Physics, Chemistry and Biology of the qualifying examination. If belonging to a scheduled Caste or a scheduled tribe, should have obtained not less than 40% of the total marks in science subjects and English of the qualifying examination.

3. Students of Vocational Courses: 10+2 vocational course of State Government of Kerala with 5 subjects including Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English in addition to vocational subjects conducted is considered equivalent to +2 Examination/Karnataka Pre University course form the academic year 2005-06 and onwards. Marks obtained by the candidate in English, Physics, Chemistry, Biology to be considered for assessing the eligibility as per the ordinances governing Basic B.Sc Nursing course of Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences vide Notification No: RGUHS/SEF/EC.B.Sc Nsg/191/2005-06 dated 18.05.2006.

4. Candidate should have completed 17 years on or before 31st day of December of the year admission.

5. Candidate shall be medically fit.


A candidate is required to put in at least 80% attendance in theory and practical subjects separately in a recognized institution approved by and affiliated to Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Karnataka. The candidate shall complete the prescribed course satisfactorily to be eligible to appear for the respective examinations


Table 1. First year Basic B.Sc. Nursing

Subjects Theory Hours Practical / Clinical Hours Hours
1. English 60
2. Anatomy 60
3. Physiology 60
4. Nutrition 60
5. Biochemistry 30
6. Nursing Foundations 265 450+200 (Lab hours)
7. Psychology 60
8. Microbiology 60
9. Introduction to Computers 45
10 Kannada 30
11 Library work / Self Study 50
12 Co-curricular activities 50
TOTAL 930 450 100

Table 2. Second Year Basic B.Sc. Nursing

Subjects Theory Hours Practical / Clinical Hours Hours
1. Sociology 60
2. Pharmacology 45
3. Pathology 30
4. Genetics 15
5. Medical Surgical Nursing (Adult including geriatrics) 210 720
6. Community Health Nursing 90 135
7. Communication and Educational Technology 90
8. Library work / Self Study 50
9. Co-curricular activities 35
TOTAL 540 855 85

Table 3. Third Year Basic B.Sc. Nursing

Subjects Theory Hours Practical / Clinical Hours Hours
1. Medical-Surgical Nursing (Adult including geriatrics)-II 120 270
2. Child Health Nursing 90 270
3. Mental Health Nursing 90 270
4. Midwifery and Obstetrical Nursing 90 180
5. Nursing Research and Statistics 35+15 * Project
6. Library work / Self Study 50
7. Co-curricular activities 50
TOTAL 440 990 100

Table 4. Fourth Year Basic B.Sc. Nursing

Subjects Theory Hours Practical / Clinical Hours
1. Midwifery and Obstetrical Nursing Nil 180
2. Community Health Nursing – II 90 135
4. Management of Nursing Services and Education 90
TOTAL 180 315


Post Basic B.Sc. degree in Nursing is a broad based education aimed to build upon the skills and competencies acquired at the diploma in nursing level. It is specifically directed to the upgrading of critical thinking skills, competencies and standards required for practice of professional nursing and midwifery as envisaged in National Health Policy The course is intended to enable the graduates:

Assume responsibilities as professional, competent nurses and midwives at basic level in providing promotive, preventive, curative, and rehabilitative services

Make independent decisions in nursing situations, protect the rights of and facilitate individuals and groups in pursuit of health, function in the hospital, community nursing services, and conduct research studies in the areas of nursing practice. They are also expected to assume the role of teacher, supervisor, and manager in clinical/public health settings.


A candidate seeking admission must :

i) hold a diploma in General Nursing & Midwifery (GNM)

ii) be a registered nurse

iii) have a minimum of two years experience in a hospital or community health nursing.

iv) have passed pre university examination in arts/science/commerce conducted by Department of Pre University Education, Karnataka State or its equivalent recognized by Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences.

v) No candidate who is above 48 years of age on 31st December of the year of admission shall be eligible.

vi) be medically fit

vii) have good personnal and professional record.


The course of study shall be for two academic years from the date of commencement of term notified by the university.


English shall be the medium for the course as well as for the examination.


Sl. No. Subject Theory Hours Practical Hours
1st Year
1 Nursing Foundation 45
2 Nutrition & Dietetics 30 15
3 Biochemistry & Biophysics 60
4 Psychology 60 15
5 Microbiology 60 30
6 Maternal Nursing 60 240
7 Child Health Nursing 60 240
8 Medical & Surgical Nursing 90 270
9 English (Qualifying) 60
TOTAL 525 810
Sl. No. Subject Theory Hours Practical Hours
2nd Year
1 Sociology 60
2 Community Health Nursing 60 240
3 Mental Health Nursing 60 240
4 Introduction to Nursing Education 60 75
5 Introduction to Nursing Administration 60 180
6 Introduction to Nursing Research & Statistics 45 120
TOTAL 345 855



General Nursing and Midwifery it deals with the education of nurses in general health care, nursing, and midwifery. Nursing is a profession within the Health Care Sector focused on the care of individuals, families and communities so they may attain maintain or recover optimal health and quality of life. Nurses care for individuals of all ages and all cultural backgrounds who are healthy and ill in a holistic manner based on the individuals physical, emotional, psychological, intellectual, social and spiritual needs. The profession combines physical sciences, social science and technology in caring for those individuals.

Indian Nursing Council believes in concept of Health laid down by World Health Organisation (WHO) "Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity."

In order to provide qualitative Nursing Care there is a need to train nurses effectively to work as a team member of health care delivery system. It is therefore their training should involve positive attitudes, knowledge, skills, professional expertise, latest trends in health care and health care needs of the community and the country as a whole.

The Council believes that it has a responsibility in helping the students to develop pride in their profession besides keeping them abreast with current knowledge and professional trends for a successful career ahead.


"The course is of a short duration which can help you to make career in a short span of time." After successfully completing these courses you will become a "Nurse".

After the successfully completion of the GNM course, there are a various higher study options like, Pc. B. Sc Nursing, M. Sc Nursing & Ph. D Nursing eventually.

Nursing Career has unlimited Job opportunities. Nurses can get jobs easily in both government and private sectors. Mostly they work in areas like government and private hospitals, nursing homes, old age homes, orphanages, various industries, sanatoriums, armed forces, ICU nurse & Infection control nurse.


Minimum education eligibility criteria for admission to GNM:

• 10+2 with English and must have obtained a minimum of 40% at the qualifying examination and English individually from any recognized board. Candidates are also eligible from State Open School recognized by State Government and National Institute of Open School (NIOS) recognized by Central Government. However Science is preferable.

• 10+2 with English having 40% of marks in vocational ANM course from the school recognized by Indian Nursing Council

• 10+2 with English having 40% of marks in Vocational Stream-Health care Science from a recognized CBSE board/State/Centre

• Registered ANM with pass mark.

• Admission of students shall be once in a year.

• Students shall be medically fit.

• Minimum age for admission will be 17 years. (as on 31st December of that year) The upper age limit is 35 yrs. For ANM/ for LHV, there is no age bar.


• The entry qualification equivalency i.e., 12th standard will be obtained by Association of Indian Universities, New Delhi. Institution, State Nursing Council will be responsible to ensure that the qualification and eligibility will be equivalent to what has been prescribed as above


A candidate shall be eligible for the admission to the state Council / Board examination if the Principle of the school certificate that:

(a) She / he has completed not less than eleven months of the course

(b) A candidate must have minimum of 80% attendance (irrespective of the kind of absence) in theory and practical in each subject for appearing for examination.

The diploma shall not be awarded to the student till she / he has completed the clinical / field requirements.

(c) A Candidate must secure 50% marks in internal assessment separately in each theory and practical.

(d) The record of practical experience is complete.

(The Principal shall send to the Council / board the internal assessment for each subject, i.e. both theory and practical (S) before the start of the examination along with the examination form).


First Year

Subjects Theory (hours) Practical (hours)
Bio Sciences
Anatomy & Physiology.
Behavioral Sciences
Nursing Foundations
Fundamentals of Nursing.
First aid
200 (Lab) 680 (Clinic)

(22 weeks)

Community Health Nursing 180


320 Days 8 weeks

CHN-I 80
Environmental Hygiene 30
Health Education & Communication Skills 40
Nutrition 30
English 30 -----
Computer Education 14 15
Co-curricular activities 10 -------
625 (16 wks) 1215 (30 wks)


Subjects Theory (hours) Practical (hours)
Medical Surgical Nursing-I 120

20 Weeks
Medical Surgical Nursing -II 120
Mental Health Nursing 70
320 (8 weeks)
Child Health Nursing 70
320 (8 weeks)
Co-curricular activities 20
TOTAL 400 (10 weeks)
1440 ( 36 weeks)


Subjects Theory (hours) Practical (hours
Midwifery & Gynaecological Nursing 140 560 (14 weeks)
Community Health Nursing-II 90 160 (4 weeks)
Co-curricular 10
TOTAL 240 hours (6 weeks) 720 hours (18 weeks)

THIRD YEAR PART-II (Integrated supervised Internship)

Subjects Theory (hours)
Nursing Education 20
Medical Surgical Nursing -II 120
Introduction to Research and statistics 30
Professional Trends & Adjustments. 30
TOTAL 120 hours (2 weeks)

Clinical Areas Clinical Hours/ weeks *
Medical Surgical Nursing 288 (6 weeks)
Community Health Nursing 288 (6 weeks)
Child Health Nursing 96 (2 weeks)
Midwifery and Gynaecological Nursing 384 (8 weeks)
Mental Health Nursing 96 (2 weeks)
TOTAL 1152 hours (24 weeks)

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