The examination for the nursing programme consists of school examination and Nursing and Midwifery Council Professional Examination for General Nurses.
Students are exposed to class tests all the period of their training while on block (classroom) studies which form part of the overall score for continuous assessment. Student nurses must pass all the written and oral/practical examinations for each level before proceeding to the next level. Pass mark is 50 percent:
Introductory Study Examination - 4 papers.
Failure in 1 or 2 papers - Supplementary examination.
Failure in supplementary examination – Repeat class.
Failure in 3 papers – Repeat class.
Failure in 4 papers – Discontinue training.
Junior, Intermediate and Senior Studies Examination - 2 papers each.
Failure in 1 paper – Supplementary examination
Failure in supplementary examination- Repeat class.
Failure in 2 papers – Repeat class.
NOTE: A student can be allowed to repeat a class only once. For a repeated class, if she fails any part of supplementary examination, she shall have exhausted her chances and is advised to discontinue training. 20% of the examination scores will be based on class performance i.e. Tests, Written Assignments and Projects.
Candidates must qualify for each examination before taking it. To qualify for the school examination, a student shall have attended at least 75% of the prescribed lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical lessons in every stage of training.
To qualify for hospital final examination, students must present by May 31st of the year of examination, the following:
i. Finished copies of the Patient Care Study.
ii. Up-to-date record of instruction and clinical experience together with their log books appropriately signed. The signatories in the booklet must be those of designated staff as per specimen signatures in the school. Any mutilation/falsification/irregularity of signatures attracts immediate discontinuation of training.
iii. Receipts showing evidence of complete payment of fees.
NOTE: The use of white/correction fluid is not permitted in any area of the record of clinical experience booklet.
All examinations are conducted internally except third year, where external examiners are involved. Lateness to examination above 15 minutes of the stipulated time disqualifies a student for any examination. Clinical (practical) examinations in the clinical area follow the written examination.
The practical examination which is part of the promotion examinations shall be done in four (4) parts covering the entire period of training. Each practical examination may be attempted twice. A student who fails to satisfy the examiners at the second attempt shall be deemed to have exhausted her chance and shall be advised to repeat the class. It is the student’s responsibility to prepare for the relevant practical examination as per the school programme.
Any student involved in any form of examination malpractice discontinues training immediately.
A student must pass the Hospital Final Examination to qualify for the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria Professional Examination and the Hospital Certificate. The N&MCN examination takes place twice yearly. A student is allowed three (3) attempts only at this examination.
Requirement for taking the professional qualifying examination include;
- Up-to-date payment of fees stipulated
- Student under any severe disciplinary measure is not eligible for exam. E.g. suspension.
- Completed Research Project copies by 1st April or October as the case may be.
The Nursing and Midwifery Professional Examination is in three parts:
• Written Examination (Paper I and II) - Each paper consisting of Objectives (40%), Essay (60%) to answer all questions.
• Practical Examination which involves Objective Structured Clinical Examination consisting of twelve (12) stations (6 Procedure stations and 6 Question stations) lasting for 60 minutes.
• Viva with presentation of project lasting 10 minutes.
Registration and Licensing with Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria takes effect after due completion of training and passing the council professional examination as well as clearing with the School/Hospital authorities