Bachelor of Science [B.Sc] (Nursing) - Course Overview




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Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) Nursing: Top Colleges, Syllabus, Scope, and Salary

Bachelor of Science in Nursing or B.Sc Nursing is a 4-year undergraduate course. B.Sc Nursing admission is based on entrance exams held between April-June.

The minimum eligibility criterion for pursuing this course is the successful completion of 10+2 level of education in Physics, Chemistry, and Biology.

B.Sc. Nursing CollegesB.Sc. Nursing SyllabusB.Sc. Nursing Entrance Exams

Some of the top colleges that offer B.Sc. course are mentioned below:

NIRF RankingCollege NameAdmission ProcessAverage Annual FeesAverage Placement Offer
1Miranda HouseMerit-BasedINR 19,490INR 3.6 Lakhs
2Hindu CollegeMerit-BasedINR 15,000INR 4 Lakhs
3St. Stephens CollegeMerit-BasedINR 38,100INR 8.3 Lakhs
4Madras Christian CollegeMerit-BasedINR 95,000INR 1.5 Lakhs
5Loyola CollegeMerit-Based--

The average course fee ranges from INR 20,000 to 1.5 Lakhs per year.

The objective of B.Sc. Nursing is to demonstrate competency in the knowledge and skills in providing comprehensive nursing care based on the problem-solving approach in the hospital and community. B.Sc Nursing career options include employment in areas like:

  • Hospitals
  • Nursing homes
  • Clinics and health departments
  • Railways and defence

B.Sc Nursing also comprises a Post-Basic course which is further divided into 2 categories, viz Regular and Distance.

B.Sc Nursing Post-Basic Regular course is of 2-year duration and requires 10+2 education along with General Nursing and Midwifery (G.N.M.). The distance course is of 3-year duration and requires 10+2 level of education along with G.N.M and 2 years of experience.

The average starting salary ranges from INR 2-5 Lakhs. Check B.Sc. Nursing Books.

B.Sc. Nursing: Course Highlights

Course LevelGraduation
Duration4 years
Examination TypeSemester System
Eligibility10+2 in Physics, Chemistry, Biology
Admission Based on the entrance exam
Course FeeINR 20,000 to 1.5 Lakhs
Average Starting SalaryINR 2 to 5 Lakhs
Top Recruiting OrganizationsApollo Hospitals Enterprises, Fortis Healthcare, Medanta Medicity, Columbia Asia Hospital, Wockhardt Hospitals, Global Hospitals, Max Hospital, Manipal Hospital
Top Recruiting AreasDefence Services, Colleges, Nursing Schools, Hospitals, Health Departments, etc. 
Top Job ProfilesCase Manager, Certified Nurse Midwife, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Manager/Administrator, Nurse Anesthetist, Nurse Educator, Nurse Practitioner, Staff Nurse

B.Sc. Nursing: What is it about?

B.Sc. Nursing course is meant to develop in students some critical thinking skills, competence and standards required for the practice of professional nursing and midwifery. The course involves nursing of the wounded or ill. A lot of sectors require these graduates hence increasing its demand which is expected to increase in the future as well. In India, the course is registered and controlled by the Indian Nursing Council. Read about B.Sc. Nursing Subjects.

A person who is genuinely interested to serve society by treating and caring patients should opt for this course. This can be a very satisfying and gratifying career for the compassionate. A person can go further for a masters in nursing which is a great advantage as it increases the expertise in the field generating more demand and better opportunities. If a person wishes to go into teaching, then Ph.D. is advisable for them.

Check B.Sc. Nursing Syllabus

    B.Sc. Nursing: Top Colleges

    The following table shows some of the top institutes in India that offer the course:

    NameLocationAverage Annual Fees
    Christian Medical CollegeVelloreINR 23,255
    Sri Ramchandra UniversityChennaiINR 50,000
    SRM University KattankulathurChennaiINR 55,000
    KLE University BelgaumINR 51,000
    Bharti Vidyapeeth Deemed UniversityPuneINR 80,000
    Annamalai UniversityChidambaramINR 56,280
    Christian Medical CollegeLudhianaINR 1,47,800
    Symbiosis International UniversityPuneINR 1,70,000
    Banaras Hindu UniversityVaranasiINR 1,97,000
    Government Medical CollegeNagpurINR 9,800
    Sharda UniversityGreater NoidaINR 1,26,000

    B.Sc. Nursing: Eligibility Criteria

    Candidates who wish to pursue a B.Sc Nursing course are required to fulfil the below-mentioned eligibility criteria. 

    B.Sc.(Basic) – Candidates should pass 10+2 in Physics, Chemistry, and Biology and should be medically fit.

    B.Sc.(Post-Basic)  Candidates should pass 10+2 in PCB. Those who have passed 10+1 are also eligible for admission. The student must have obtained a certificate in General Nursing and Midwifery and registered as R.N.R.M (Registered Nurse Registered Midwife) with the State Nurses Registration Council. Also, a proof of training by Indian Nursing Council or equivalent is required in the following domain:

    • O.T. Techniques
    • Ophthalmic Nursing
    • Leprosy Nursing
    • TB Nursing
    • Psychiatric Nursing
    • Neurological and Neurosurgical Nursing
    • Community Health Nursing
    • Cancer Nursing
    • Orthopedic Nursing

    Check Bharti Vidyapeeth Deemed University B.Sc. Nursing Admission details.

    B.Sc. Nursing: Admission Procedure 2020

    B.Sc. Nursing admission is purely based on entrance exams held between April-June. Candidates can fill the application form in both online and offline mode.

    For filling online, candidates need to go to the administrator website of the concerned entrance exam and fill the requirements. After that, a print out of the completed form is to be taken out. The print out along with the obligatory documents and DD of the specified amount is needed to be sent to the relevant exam body.

    For offline application, candidates need to get the form along with the brochure from the exam conducting body or from the designated centres and can finish the formality.

    B.Sc. Nursing: Entrance Exams

    There are many colleges that conduct entrance exams for admission to B.Sc. Nursing course. Following is a list of some popular B.Sc. Nursing Entrance Exams conducted in the country:

    Some other B.Sc. Nursing colleges have been conducting their own entrance exams. Their individual entrance exams are also listed.

    Institute NameEntrance Exam
    AIIMS - (All India Institute of Medical Sciences)B.Sc. Nursing Admission Test
    AFMC Entrance ExamArmed Forces Medical College B.Sc. Nursing program entrance exam.
    Nitte University MangaloreB.Sc. Nursing Entrance Exam (NUPMET)
    Banaras Hindu UniversityB.Sc. (Nursing) Admission Test
    PPMETPunjab Para Medical Entrance Test for Admission to B.Sc. Nursing courses
    CMC LudhianaEntrance Test for Admission to B.Sc. Nursing courses

    Click here to check other B.Sc. Nursing Entrance Exams.

    B.Sc. Nursing: Entrance Exam Syllabus

    One must be well aware of the B.Sc. Nursing Entrance Exam syllabus to be well prepared for the same. The below-mentioned table gives you an insight into the syllabus of the entrance exams. 

    Part I: BiologyPart II: PhysicsPart III: Chemistry
    Living and Non-LivingUnits and MeasurementsThe Atomic Structure
    Cell Structure and FunctionMechanicsChemical Bonding
    Plant PhysiologyHeat TransferStates of Matter
    Animal PhysiologyVibration and WavesMixtures, Solutions, and Solubility
    Reproduction in Plant and AnimalLight and SoundThe Gas Laws
    Genetic Basis of InheritanceElectricity and MagnetismElements and Compounds
    Origin and Evolution of LifeModern PhysicsThe Periodic Table
    Human Disorders-Important Concepts in chemistry
    Ecology and Ecosystems-Organic Chemistry
    --Water and Organic Compounds in the Environment
    Part IVPart VPart VI
    General AbilityEnglish LanguageGeneral Knowledge

    B.Sc. Nursing Entrance Exam is of 2-hour duration and comprises objective type questions with 4-5 options. The exam is of 400 marks and students will be provided OMR sheet for marking their answers. There is negative marking for each wrong answer. Questions are asked from PCB and the questions are mainly set in English. The total marks necessary to get admission are dependent on the requirement of the college or university concerned. 

    B.Sc. Nursing: Subject List

    Year IYear II
    NutritionPathology and Genetics
    BiochemistryMedical-Surgical Nursing
    Nursing FoundationCommunity Health Nursing
    PsychologyCommunication and Educational Technology
    Introduction to Computer-
    Year IIIYear IV
    Medical-Surgical NursingMidwifery and Obstetrical Nursing
    Child Health NursingCommunity Health Nursing
    Mental Health NursingNursing Research and Statistics
    Midwifery and Obstetrical NursingManagement of Nursing Services and Education

    B.Sc. Nursing: Career Prospects and Scope

    B.Sc. Nursing program prepares its aspirants to become exemplary citizens by adhering to a code of ethics and professional conduct. They are taught to fulfill personal, social and professional obligations so as to respond to national aspirations. These graduate nurses are prepared to work as:

    • Care Provider
    • Educator
    • Coordinator
    • Advocator
    • Researcher
    • Counsellor
    • Administrator

    The major industries recruiting them are:

    • Hospitals
    • Nursing Homes
    • Defence Services
    • Railways and Aeronautical Zones
    • Industrial Houses
    • Factories

    B.Sc. Nursing: Higher Studies

    B.Sc Nursing program allows candidates to further pursue higher studies or opt for a job once it is completed. Aspirants can opt for further education options like the following disciplines:

    A person can also work in the following profiles after graduating from this course:

    • Case Manager
    • Certified Nurse Midwife
    • Clinical Nurse Specialist
    • Director/CEO
    • Manager/Administrator
    • Nurse Anesthetist
    • Nurse Educator
    • Nurse Practitioner
    • Staff Nurse

    B.Sc. Nursing: Top Recruiters

    A list of top recruiting companies in India with recruitments in this field is mentioned below. 

    • Apollo Hospitals Enterprises
    • Fortis Healthcare
    • Medanta Medicity
    • Columbia Asia Hospital
    • Wockhardt Hospitals
    • Global Hospitals
    • Max Hospital
    • Manipal Hospital
    Job ProfileJob DescriptionAverage Salary
    Case ManagerCase Manager accomplishes the client’s care by assessing treatment needs. They Develop, Monitor and Evaluate treatment plans.INR 2.3 to 8.5 Lakhs
    Clinical Nurse SpecialistClinical Nurse Specialist is an advanced- practice nurse that looks after patient care and provides consultation services in various health areas. These professionals typically practice medicine and conduct research.INR 2 to 3 Lakhs
    Nurse AnaesthetistNurse Anaesthetist administers anaesthesia to patients.INR 10- 12 Lakhs
    Nurse EducatorNurse Educator mainly works towards educating aspiring nurses about basic concepts of nursing. They are often responsible for developing a curriculum and teaching using lectures or lab/clinical work.INR 3.8 Lakhs
    Nurse PractitionerNurse Practitioner generally works towards providing general and preventative care, conduct check-ups, treat illnesses, order lab tests and prescribe medication for children and adults.INR 2.16 Lakhs
    Staff NurseStaff Nurse monitors and administrates medication and intravenous infusions. They generally take patient’s samples, pulses, temperatures, and blood pressures.INR 2.37 Lakhs
    Manager/AdministratorManager/Administrator look after the support operations of an organization. They make sure that effective information flow exists and that resources are employed efficiently throughout a business.INR 5 Lakhs
    Research AssociateResearch Associate works to collect, prepares, analyzes, dissects, and evaluates specimens and tissue cultures.INR 3 Lakhs
    PsychologistPsychologist study the human mind. Research helps us understand behaviour, memory and mental health disorders.INR 3 Lakhs

    B.Sc. Nursing: Salary Trends

    The average annual salary offered to candidates of B.Sc. Nursing course ranges from INR 2-5 Lakhs depending on the college, degree and level of expertise. It increases with the candidates’ experience and efficiency. Following chart shows the salary trends of B.Sc. Nursing graduates according to their work experience. 



    Niva Manandhar

    Hi my sister is from Nepal and has studied in science background. She is wanting to Bsc nursing what are the criteria.

    16 Oct, 2019 18:23
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Niva, this depends on the college/university in which you are applying for admission as the selection procedure for international students may vary from college to college.

    17 Oct, 2019 16:03
    H??? K??s???

    Kya Agriculture Stream wale Students Bhi BSc Nursing kr sakte hai Kya.... Sir...... Please reply

    22 Sep, 2019 12:54
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi, no, students applying for B.Sc Nursing must have studied Biology as a main subject in intermediate.

    24 Sep, 2019 18:10
    Swati vinodbhai satikuvar

    Hi..sir... I'm from Gujarat nd I'm a Home science student..ill complete 12th..nd now i want too do a please tell me sir,,,, can i do that...after 12 home science...

    19 Sep, 2019 23:34
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Swati, it will rely on the college you choose for taking admission as some of the colleges just want qualification degree while others are specific for the previous academic qualification.

    20 Sep, 2019 13:15
    Swati vinodbhai satikuvar

    Please tell me me'm can i do that after 12th home science......?

    20 Sep, 2019 19:13
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    As per your qualification, yes, you can apply for this course. However, percentage criteria may vary from college to college.

    28 Nov, 2019 16:25

    What is the prper age of bsc nursing education

    14 Sep, 2019 08:21
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Ritesh, this depends on the college/university from which you are pursuing the course as age criteria may differ from college to college.

    22 Nov, 2019 16:48
    Radhakishan Choudhary

    Sir pl tell me when bsc. Nursing form date release for ajmer Rajasthan

    16 Aug, 2019 10:53
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Radhakishan, this depends on the college/university in which you are applying for admission. However, you may check the list of B.Sc Nursing Colleges in Ajmer from here.

    16 Aug, 2019 11:09

    When aku results of bsc nursing will held

    09 Aug, 2019 16:35
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    HI Pallavi, you can check the information related to Result of the said university from here.

    09 Aug, 2019 16:37

    when Bsc. nursing form release in rajasthan ???

    03 Aug, 2019 16:56
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Rahul, kindly mention the college/university in which you want to take admission as dates vary from college to college. You can check the list of B.Sc Nursing Colleges in Rajasthan from here.

    03 Aug, 2019 18:04
    Destroyer khan

    When will bsc nursing form released in odisha

    01 Aug, 2019 20:35
    Akhil Pasanth

    Hi Destroyer, Please mention the college name for which you wanted to know the admission release dates.

    02 Aug, 2019 11:09
    devil royal

    When will bsc for nursing admission form will release in telangana???SHOBHNA CHATURVEDI

    18 Jul, 2019 12:38
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Devil, you may refer various B.Sc Nursing Colleges in Telangana from here. Admission dates will be mentioned on their website.

    18 Jul, 2019 12:55

    When will bsc for nursing admission form will release in Gujarat???

    17 Jun, 2019 10:02
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Isha, kindly mention the college in which you are seeking admission as the admission schedule differs from college to college. However, you may check various B.Sc Nursing Colleges in Gujarat from here.

    17 Jun, 2019 10:08

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