M.Sc. in Medical Surgical Nursing is a 2-year full-time postgraduate program. Medical Surgical Nursing is a field of nursing designed to address the need for professional care of adult patients in a variety of settings by combining technical expertise in administering healthcare and management skills to practice family-centered nursing care.
Students enrolled to the course are trained in both theoretical aspects of nursing and the practical skills required in caring for patients that may hail from a wide range of age groups, socio-economic backgrounds, etc. The course also trains prospective nurses in effectively managing records and layouts in a medical-surgical nursing unit.
Medical-surgical nurses administer medicines and surface treatment, educate patients on their health conditions, and admit or discharge new patients. Therefore, they essentially co-ordinate the groundwork in any health care facility. The course additionally involves modules on nursing education, and enrolled students are equipped with the skills needed to teach practicing nurses and undergraduate/graduate students.
As an academic discipline, Medical-Surgical Nursing includes advanced study in the field of nursing including best practices, research methodology, statistical knowledge, and management strategies that form the discipline. The course aims to impart intensive practical training in such aspects, including modules on how medical research can be conducted and how statistical data can be derived from research. Candidates are offered the option of studying any chosen specialty within the field of nursing in detail and submit a specialization-based dissertation towards the course’s completion.
The average annual fee charged for the course in India ranges from as little as INR 1000 to INR 1.5 lacs, depending on the institute offering the course. The average annual salary offered to successful postgraduates of the course ranges between INR 4,20,000 and 9,60,000, depending on the candidate’s expertise and experience in the field.
Given below are some of the major highlights of the course.
|Course Level||Post Graduate|
|Examination Type||Semester System|
|Eligibility||Qualified Registered nurses are eligible to apply|
|Admission Process||Counselling after qualification of a relevant entrance examination|
|Course Fee||INR 1 lakh|
|Average Starting Salary||INR 4.2 to 10 lacs|
M.Sc. in Medical Surgical Nursing prepares eligible candidates in all the major technical aspects of nursing includes advanced knowledge of illnesses, symptoms, and professional ways to relieve such health problems. It also familiarizes candidates with the many practical challenges faced by medical surgical nurses with regard to patient-relations, management etc.
For applying to this postgraduate program, candidates are expected to have basic knowledge of nursing. The course components include nursing education, ethical and legal issues in nursing, nursing management, nursing research methodology, and in-depth modules in the chosen clinical specialty.
Some of the top institutes offering the course in the country with the corresponding locations and fees charged by each are tabulated below.
|Name of Institute||City||Average Annual Course Fees in INR|
|Jawaharlal Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research [JIPMER]||Pondicheery||6,010|
|Sri Ramachandra University||Chennai||1 Lakh|
|SRM University Kattankulathur Campus||Kanchipuram||1.05 Lacs|
|Bharati Vidyapeeth University (BVU)||Pune||1.3 Lacs|
|Annamalai University||Cuddalore||1.48 Lacs|
|Symbiosis International University [SIU]||Pune||1.06 Lacs|
|NIMS University||Jaipur||1.63 Lacs|
|Sharda University||Greater Noida||1.55 Lacs|
|Baba Farid University of Health Sciences||Faridkot||1.96 Lacs|
As a minimum criterion of eligibility, aspiring candidates need to have completed graduation in any of the following:
from an institute recognized by the Indian Nursing Council, and with a minimum aggregate score of 55%.
Additionally, the candidate must:
Process of admission to the course may vary across institutes, however, most institutes conduct their own entrance exams for admission as mandated by the Indian Nursing Council.
A year-wise breakup of the course’s syllabus is given here.
|Nursing Education||Nursing Management|
|Advanced Nursing Practice||Nursing Research (Dissertation)|
|Nursing Research and Statistics||Clinical Speciality-II.|
Qualified professionals of the discipline hold managerial or teaching positions in the field. They help co-ordinate other nurses to ensure smooth functioning of the department. Further, such postgraduates also have the option of pursuing research in their field of nursing specialization.
Some of the popular professional avenues open to such postgraduates are listed below with the corresponding job descriptions and salaries offered for the respective positions.
|Job Position||Job Description||Average Monthly Salary in INR|
|ICU Nurse||They assist doctors/surgeons during operations concerning their field of specialty.||15,000|
|Staff Nurse||They perform the duties of floor nurses, executing nursing operations of a floor.||15,000|
|School Nurse||They are responsible for resolving students’ health issues that may come up during the school day||20,000|
|Head Staff Nurse (experience required)||They are responsible for co-ordinating the tasks of other nurses, and performing supervisory roles.||30,000|
|Professor/ Researcher||They teach undergraduate/ graduate students of the discipline, and conduct research within the field of nursing.||60,000|