Indian Nursing

Indian Nursing

Indian Nursing History

The first school of nursing started in 1871 at the Government General Hospital in Madras, India with a six-month diploma midwife program with four students. The first nursing school for women was started by Dr. Alice Marval at St. Catherine's Hospital in Kanpur. After that nursing schools were established in some other hospitals. With the establishment of TNA in 1908, it was decided to centrally manage and develop nursing education in India. Then in 1926, the Nurses Registration Act was passed. Indian Nursing Council was established in 1949. M.Sc program started in 1959 and Ph.D. program in 1992. In this way, nursing education in India was progressing slowly.

Nowadays nursing education in India has undergone many changes to keep pace with the modern world and world class nursing teaching programs are being conducted.

State Nursing Councils in India

There is a total of 30 State Nursing Councils in India.

  1. Andhra Pradesh Nurses & Midwives Council
  2. Arunachal Pradesh Nursing Council
  3. Assam Nurses Midwives & Health Visitor Council
  4. Bihar Nurses Registration Council
  5. Chattisgarh Nursing Council
  6. Delhi Nursing Council
  7. Goa Nursing Council
  8. Gujarat Nursing Council
  9. Haryana Nurses & Nurse-Midwives Council
  10. Himachal Pradesh Nurses Registration Council
  11. Jammu and Kashmir State Paramedical & Nursing Council
  12. Jharkhand Nurses Registration Council
  13. Karnataka Nursing Council
  14. Kerala Nurses & Midwives Council
  15. Madhya Pradesh Nurses Registration Council
  16. Maharashtra Nursing Council
  17. Manipur Nursing Council
  18. Meghalaya Nursing Council
  19. Mizoram Nursing Council
  20. Odisha Nurses & Midwives Registration Council
  21. Punjab Nurses Registration Council
  22. Rajasthan Nursing Council
  23. Tamil Nadu Nurses & Midwives Council
  24. Tripura Nursing Council
  25. Uttar Pradesh Nurses & Midwives Council
  26. Uttarakhand Nurses Midwives Council
  27. West Bengal Nursing Council
  28. Telangana State Nurses Midwives Auxiliary Nurse Midwives & Health Visitors Council
  29. Sikkim Nursing Council
  30. Nagaland Nursing Council

Nursing Programs

Sl.Program NameTraining Duration
1.Auxiliary Nurse & Midwife (RANM)2 years
2.General Nursing & Midwifery (RN & RM)3 years
3.B. Sc (Basic) (RN & RM)4 years
4.B.Sc (Post Basic)2 years
5.M. Sc. Nursing2 years
6.M. Phil Full Time1 year
M. Phil Part Time2 years
7.Ph. D3-5 years
8.Post Basic Diploma in Operation Room Nursing1 year
9.Post Basic Diploma in Cardio Thoracic Nursing1 year
10.Post Basic Diploma in Neurology Nursing.1 year
11.Post Basic Diploma in Midwifery Nursing.1 year
12.Post Basic Diploma in Psychiatric Nursing1 year
13.Post Basic Diploma in Critical Care Nursing1 year
14.Post Basic Diploma in Emergency & Disaster Nursing1 year
15.Post Basic Diploma in Oncology Nursing1 year
16.Post Basic Diploma in Ortho and Rehabilitation Nursing1 year
17.Post Basic Diploma in Geriatric Nursing1 year
18.Post Basic Diploma in Neonatal Nursing1 year
19.Post Basic Diploma in Forensic Nursing1 year
20.Post Basic Diploma in Haematology Nursing-Residency Programme1 year
21.Post Basic Diploma in Burn & Reconstructive Surgery Nursing – Residency Programme1 year
22.Nurse Practitioner in Critical Care1 year

Nursing Admission Eligibility Criteria

A. N. M.
  • Minimum age 17 years,
  • Maximum age 35 years.
  • Minimum educational 10 + 2 in Arts or Science or Health care Science.
  • Must be medically fit.

  • G. N. M.
  • Minimum age 17 years,
  • Maximum age 35 years.
  • Minimum educational 10 + 2 with English + 40% marks
  • Must be medically fit.
  • B. Sc. (N)
  • Minimum age 17 and maximum 35 years,
  • Maximum age 35 years.
  • Minimum education 10+2 class passed with Science 45% marks
  • Must be medically fit.
  • Post Basic B. Sc. (N)
  • Minimum age 17 and maximum 35 years,
  • Maximum age 35 years.
  • Minimum education GNM passed and registered as R.N.R.M
  • Must be medically fit.
  • M. Sc. (N)
  • Minimum age 17 and maximum 35 years,
  • Minimum one year of work experience after Basic B.Sc. Nursing.
  • Minimum education B.Sc. Nursing/B.Sc. Hons. Nursing/Post Basic B.Sc. Nursing passed with minimum of 55% aggregate marks.
  • Must be medically fit.
  • Next Post Previous Post