If we’re talking about the nursing school’s admissions age limit, it’s simple to misunderstand how other institutions’ admissions procedures work. Other institutions, including universities, polytechnics, colleges of education, and initiative entrepreneurship institutes, have different age requirements for entrance than nursing schools and colleges.
Other conventional colleges do not have a maximum age for admittance, but there is a minimum age requirement. The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and a few other institutions have established that the minimum age for other institutions is 16 on the first or last day of October.
Additionally, as already mentioned, if you are older than 16 and applying for admission to any other institutions, it is irrelevant what age you are when you apply.
The nursing colleges, however, are rather different. They set both minimum and maximum age requirements for admissions. Although we have a standard minimum age, some vary. Let’s examine the maximum age that Nigerian nursing schools will accept.
General Minimum Age Requirements For Schools and Colleges of Nursing
The minimum age range for enrollment in the Basic Nursing and Basic Midwifery Training Program is 16, according to the Nursing & Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN).
This is the precise minimum age required by JAMB for admission to colleges of education, polytechnics, and universities. The council, however, did not specify a specific month for the age, in contrast to the JAMB minimum age standards.
In other words, the Nursing & Midwifery Council of Nigeria doesn’t specify a month although JAMB and other institutions demand that applicants be at least 16 at the time of entry or admission processes.
Specific Minimum Age By Individual Schools of Nursing
Normal conditions call for any nursing school in Nigeria to adhere to the Nursing & Midwifery Council of Nigeria’s minimum age requirement. The situation is still the opposite, though (at least as of the time of this post).
Several nursing schools specified older ages than 16 in their advertisements for entry applications. Here are a few to review.
1. University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Benin City (18 years)
2. FCT School of Nursing Gwagwalada (17 years)
3. The University of Lagos, College of Medicine, and the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) (17years)
4. Kwara State College of Nursing, Oke Ode (17.5 years)
5. University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital Nursing (17 years)
6. Kaduna State College of Nursing Kafanchan (17 years)
7. School of Nursing, Sacred Heart Hospital, Lantoro, Abeokuta (17 years)
8. Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH) School Of Nursing (17.5 years)
9. Adamawa State College Of Nursing And Midwifery Yola (17.5 years)
10. Nigerian Army College of Nursing, Yaba Lagos State (17 years)
11. Oyo State College Of Midwifery Eleyele Ibadan (17 years)
12. Lagos State College of Nursing Igando, Lagos State (17 years)
Some schools of Nursing May Be Silent about the Minimum Admission Age
In this instance, it is safer to assume that they strictly adhere to the NMCN’s criterion. According to the following nursing schools’ advertisements, there is no minimum age restriction.
1. Shehu Sule College of Nursing and Midwifery Damaturu
2. Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital School of Nursing
3. Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital Nnewi
4. Bowen School of Nursing University Teaching Hospital Ogbomoso
4. Ogun State School Of Nursing And Midwifery Complex Idi-aba, Abeokuta
5. School Of Nursing – Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido, Ekiti State
6. Katsina State College of Nursing and Midwifery Kasimu Kofar Bai
7. Cross River State School Of Nursing (S.O.N.), Calabar
8. Benue State School of Nursing Makurdi
However, the following nursing schools specify the NMCN’s age as their equivalent.
1. University of Ibadan Teaching Hospital School of Nursing (16 years)
2. Osun State School of Nursing Asubiaro Osogbo (16 years)
Maximum Age Limit for the Schools/Colleges of Nursing
It is uncommon for nursing schools to list the oldest applicant they will accept in their advertisements. The minimum age can be seen in various advertisements, as previously said, and where they are silent, it is 16. Does this imply that there aren’t any admissions requirements for nursing schools or universities at all?
For their Basic or General Nursing course, several schools still specify the age limit that applicants must fall inside. The list of such nursing schools with their maximum applicant ages clearly stated is provided below.
1. University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital Nursing (33 years)
2. Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH) School Of Nursing (26 years)
3. Nigerian Army College of Nursing, Yaba Lagos State (25 years)
Minimum and Maximum Age for the Post-Basic and Post-Graduate Courses
1. The post-basic or general nursing programs
2. Post-gradauate programmes
3. Certificate courses etc
In summary, it takes passion, perseverance, and determination to fulfill certain entrance standards to pursue a nursing career in Nigeria.You can improve your chances of getting admitted into nursing school and beginning a fruitful and enjoyable career in the industry by being aware of and fulfilling these standards.
We advise you to look into the many resources and programs that are offered in Nigeria if you are thinking about a nursing profession and to take the necessary actions to realize your dreams.