Article : List of Nursing Courses or Programs in India


Author : Arun Kumar Rajamani

In India, there are different programs are available such as medicine, nursing, physiotherapy, pharmacy, medical technician etc. Nursing programs are most popular in India and every year thousands of students are enrolled in nursing courses. Before two decades, the nurses are mostly from Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka but trend changed now; most nurses are come from Mizoram, Manipur, Meghalaya, Tripura, Sikkim, Himachal and Arunachal Pradesh. India export more nurses around the world than any other country. Indian nurses are known for their dedication, hardworking and trustworthy, this became major reason for demand for Indian nurses in the world. Most nurses are placed in Western and Arab countries for employment.

Types of Nursing Programs

Most students are enrolled in different nursing programs such as Auxiliary Nurse and Midwife, GNM (General Nursing and Midwifery), B.Sc., (Bachelor Basic), B.Sc., (Post Basic), M.Sc., (Master), M.Phil and PhD programs. After school, students can enroll in B.Sc. Basic program, Auxiliary Nurse and Midwife and GNM, if students need specialization, they can do B.Sc. Basic or if they interested diploma course, they can join in ANM or GNM. Duration of these programs is different, for example, B.Sc. Basic is 4 years, GNM is 3.5 years and ANM is 2 years.

These programs are conducted by different board, for example, ANM and GNM courses, examination conducted by Nursing Examination Board.  B.Sc. Basic and B.Sc. (Post Basic) is by state and central University and if you enroll in B.Sc. (Post Basic) as regular course, the duration is 2 years and distance education is 3 years.

Nursing Programs - Duration and Examination
Nursing ProgramsDuration of CoursesNursing Board or University 
ANM2 yearsNursing Examination Board
GNM 3.5 yearsNursing Examination Board
B.Sc. (Basic)4 years University
B.Sc. (Post Basic) 

Regular - 2 years. 

Distance - 3 years


1 year (full time)

2 year (part time)

PhD3 to 5 yearsUniversity

Higher Studies in Nursing Field

After Bachelors, students can do higher studies such as masters and M.Phil and PhD programs. M.Sc. is of two years duration and examination is conducted by University and after masters, they can join M.Phil, duration is one year for full time study and two years for part time study. PhD is research study in nursing; the duration of this program is between 3 to 5 years and examination conducted by Universities.

There are different specialization in Master of Nursing program such as Medical Surgical Nursing, Community Health Nursing, Psychiatry and many more. Choose the specialization based on your interest and demand for the course.

Training and Certificate Courses

Special training is available for nurses after their B.Sc. and M.Sc. program; few courses are certificate and diploma in particular specialization field, for example Operation theatre etc. If you do these courses, opportunity for employment is very high and greater chance to join in Hospitals.

Registration to Become Registered Nurse in India

These programs are governed by Indian Nursing Council, State Nursing Council and Nursing Examination Board. After these courses, the students need to register as nurse in nursing council both Indian Nursing council and State Nursing Council. For GNM and ANM students, they need to register in Nurses Examination Board. If you don’t register, then you aren’t certified as nurses to work in Hospitals and Academic Institution.

If you wish to move abroad for work, you need to register in the council of particular countries. In some countries, you need to write examination to be registered nurses and after passing the exams you are entitled as RN or Registered Nurse.

Next two decades, necessity for healthcare will more and demand of nurses will be very high in developed and developing countries. Nursing studies is good option for students who wish to start career in medical field. 

Best Wishes. 

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