Studying Nursing

Eligibility, Courses, Specialisations, Syllabus, Scope

What is Nursing?

Medicine and Healthcare have always been basic requirements for people. Nursing as a career helps candidates to cater to an individual's healthcare needs. They are the backbone of the healthcare industry as no doctor will be able to perform all healthcare tasks single-handedly. They will need the assistance of their nurses. 

Nurses take care of the patients and perform the majority of pre and post-surgery work that a doctor might require them to perform. 


Degrees Offered for Nursing 

Undergraduate level 

Here are some degrees offered at this level: 

  •  Bachelor of Science (B.Sc)


Postgraduate level 

Here are some degrees offered at this level:

  • Master of Science (M.Sc)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (P.hD)


Specialisations in the field of Nursing 

Here are some specialisations that students opting for this field can pursue: 

  • General Nursing and Midwifery
  • Nursing


Eligibility and Requirements for Nursing 

Undergraduate level

  • Candidates need to have given their class 12th board exams. 
  • Candidates need to appear for entrance exams


Postgraduate level

  • Candidates need to have completed their Bachelor's in Nursing or its equivalent.
  • Candidates need to appear for entrance exams.


Entrance Exams for Nursing 

Here are some entrance exams that aspirants of Nursing can sit for:

  • National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET)
  • ITM National Entrance and Scholarship Test (NEST)
  • Siksha o Anusandhan Admission Test (SAAT)
  • Combined Paramedical, Pharmacy, and Nursing Entrance Test (CPUNET)
  • Himachal Pradesh University B.Sc Nursing Entrance Exam 
  • Army College of Nursing (ACN) Jalandhar
  • Army Institute of Nursing, Guwahati
  • Uttarakhand HNBGU B.Sc. Nursing Entrance Exam
  • AIIMS B.Sc Nursing 


Aptitude required for Nursing 

Here are some skill sets that students of Nursing are expected to master: 

  • Candidates are required to be dexterous.
  • Good presence of mind is needed. 
  • They are required to possess ideal organisational and observation skills. 
  • Candidates are required to have medical knowledge. 
  • They need to have a strong mindset owing to their nature of work. 
  • They need to have enough stamina to be able to endure long hours of work. 


Syllabus for Nursing 

Here are some papers that Nursing covers: 

  • Human Anatomy
  • English 
  • Sociology
  • Pharmacology
  • Pathology 
  • Nutrition
  • Medical-Surgical Nursing
  • Environmental Science 
  • Physiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Psychology 
  • Genetics
  • Microbiology
  • Child Health Nursing 
  • Nursing foundation
  • Basic computer science
  • Mental Health Nursing 
  • Community health nursing
  • Research
  • Communication Technology 
  • Management of nurse Service
  • Advanced nursing
  • Gynaecological Nursing 
  • Nursing Statistics
  • Psychiatric Nursing


Career Prospects/Placements for Nursing students  

Mentioned below are some job profiles that students of Nursing get placed in:

  • Nurse 
  • Nurse Supervisor
  • Nurse Educator
  • Professor
  • Counsellor


Starting Salary for Nursing students 

The starting salary for a Nursing professional in India is between 2-7LPA depending on their job profile.


Courses similar to Nursing 

Students looking to opt for courses close to Nursing can choose to look at Healthcare and Health Science.