This article provides a List Of Post Basic Nursing Specialties In Nigeria and the admission Requirements for candidate aspiring to secure Admission for post basic Nursing Specialties in any of the schools.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council of NIGERIA is the accreditation authority responsible for accrediting programmes of study for the nursing and midwifery professions. To date, the Council has approved 209 nursing/midwifery training institutions to train students at degree, basic and post basic diploma level for various branches of nursing & midwifery practice. In this article you will read on the List Of Post Basic Nursing Specialties In Nigeria 

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In NIGERIA the under listed are the List Of Post Basic Nursing Specialties In Nigeria 2022

• Midwifery (maternal and child health nursing)
• Psychiatric Nursing
• Accident and emergency nursing
• Public health Nursing
• Paediatric Nursing
• Dialysis/Renal Nursing
• Peri-operative Nursing
• Occupational Health Nursing
• Anesthetic Nursing
• Ophthalmic Nursing
• ENT Nursing
• Burns and Scald/Disaster Nursing
• Oncology Nursing (in the making)
• Orthopedic Nursing
• Neonatal Nursing
• Intensive care Nursing
• Nurse Tutor/Educator
•Cardiothoracic Nursing

List Of Approved Schools Post Basic Nursing Specialties In Nigeria

We provides you with the full list of Accredited school of post basic Nursing Specialties In Nigeria

  1. Intensive Care Nursing
  2. School of Post Basic Nursing, UATH, Abuja
  3. School of Psychiatric Nursing, Neuro
  4. Psychiatric Hospital, Kware
  5. School Of Post Basic Nursing, ABUTH.
  6. Post Basic School of nursing ibadan
  7. School of Post Basic Nursing, UBTH, Benin City
  8. School of Post Basic Nursing, OAUTHC, Ile-Ife
  9. School of Psychiatric Nursing, Eket
  10. School of Psychiatric Nursing, Maiduguri
  11. School of Post Basic Nursing, UMTH, Maiduguri
  12. School of Psychiatric Nursing, Federal Psychiatric Hospital, Calabar
  13. School of Post Basic Nursing, UCTH, Calabar
  14. School of Post Basic Nursing, UBTH, Benin City
  15. School of Post Basic Nursing, Irrua Specialist Hospital,Irrua
  16. School of Post Basic Nursing, UNTH Enugu
  17. School of Post Basic Nursing, NOH, Enugu
  18. School of Post Basic Ophthalmic Nursing,
  19. National Eye Centre, Kaduna
  20. School of post basic ENT Kaduna
  21. School of Post Basic Nursing, NOH, Dala-Kano
  22. School of Post Basic Nursing, AKTH
  23. School of Post Basic Nursing, UITH, Ilorin
  24. School of post basic Nursing luth


  • A registered nurse with a minimum of two years working experience
  • Holder of current practicing license
  • Five credits including English Language, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics and Biology at not more than two sittings
  • WAEC OR SSCE with NECO combination
  • NECO/NECO combinatio

Reasons Behind Choices Are Examined Below.


“…money answereth all things…” so says the Holy Bible. As quick as a lot of people are to deny that ‘call allowance’ was the chief reason behind their choice of specialty, the truth reflects with time. This is not to say it’s wrong if a specialty earns more than the other as It happens everywhere. And it’s cool if you ask me.

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Duration Of Training

On the average, the length of training in most nursing specialties range from 1-2years with most spanning 18months. Some nurses are interested in short duration courses like Ophthalmic Nursing, while others prefer one with a more lengthy academic calender of 2yrs like public health.

Cost/Financial Implications:

Yes! Some courses are more expensive than others. E.g courses like anesthetic and intensive care nursing are more expensive compared to psychiatric or Midwifery training. Therefore some nurses prefer a specialty that is financially less demanding.

Location Of Training School:

Some nurses don’t like to stay too far away from their families so as not to put their homes in the line for career chase. This applies especially to married women with children. So they chose a specialty that is available in their location.

Professional Independence :

It is unarguably true that some specialties have more professional independence than the others e.g peri- operative nursing is the most professionally independent specialty in Nigeria (need no prescription or doctors orders) while research nursing wears the Hat world wide. Some people want to have a definite work schedule and fewer questions to answer from medical doctors.

Societal Relevance/Demand:

Worthy of note is that every specialty is optimally but NOT equally relevant. Therefore in a country like Nigeria where child birth is the leading cause of maternal mortality, Midwifery tops the list of most relevant specialties. As many as midwives are, we can never have enough of them, the reason some go for it.

Entrepreneurship opportunity

Midwives who are business oriented can easily put together a maternity home while peri operative nurses can have a private CSSD, not to mention the entrepreneurship opportunities of some other specialties, however it may not be that easy for an intensive care nurse or a dialysis nurse to go outside the conventional hospital practice. Nurses who think along this line may want to take a critical look at their choices and ask enough questions.

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Work Mess:

Want the true definition of a messy job? ask the accident and emergency nurse or the midwife. It sometimes amazing how they pull off each day without throwing up. However an ophthalmic nurse is not likely to be involved with that much mess at work everyday. Some skirmish nurses would love to choose based on this modality.

Emotional Vulnerability

No doubt nurses will have to deal with deaths, tragedy, loss of a limb, and worse at one time or the other, but the frequency is more in some departments than the others. A psychiatric nurse or a midwife is not likely to see so many deaths as against an A & E nurse who sees them everyday ranging from ‘Brought in dead’ to ‘Failed Resuscitation’.

Intellectual Capability/ Physical Strength

I consciously made this point the last because it is a boarder line deception to think that one specialty is more intellectually/physically challenging than another.

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Abdullahi Suleiman a Certified Registered Nurse based in Nigeria, an Entrepreneur and Also a Blogger, passionate about Community Development and Cosmetic Nursing

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