Post Basic B.Sc. Nursing | All Details

Last Updated on July 28, 2023 by Vishnu Nambiar

Name of Course: Post Basic B.Sc. Nursing
Duration: 2 years
Eligibility Criteria: Passed GNM after completing 10+2

Candidate should also be a registered nurse and midwife

Qualification Awarded: Bachelor’s Degree

In this article, we will have an in-depth analysis of Post Basic B.Sc. Nursing course. It is a job oriented nursing training course. This article covers vital details such as course details, duration, eligibility criteria, admission process, PG courses and career prospects.

Post Basic B.Sc. Nursing

Nurses are trained healthcare professionals who are capable of taking care of patients, treating them and assisting Doctors in treatment and surgery. A qualified RN (Registered Nurse) is capable of providing preventive, promotive, curative and rehabilitative services to patients (individuals) and communities.


I’ve already published an article about B.Sc. Nursing (Basic) on this blog. You may find basic details about this profession (nature of work, work setups etc) in that article. Here’s the link to it- B.Sc. Nursing.


Nursing is more than just a profession. It is an opportunity to serve and treat patients. One can really bring about a change in the society through this profession!


Before heading to the meat of the matter- course details- let us take a look at the skills and qualities required to thrive in this profession. A good nurse has the following qualities –

  • Must be compassionate. Must have caring attitude towards patients.
  • Ability to work at odd hours.
  • Stamina and will to work for long hours without taking any break.
  • Must have patience. Must be adept at dealing with patients belonging to different age groups (children, adults and aged folks).
  • Good communication skills. Must be good at interdepartmental coordination and patient education.
  • Must be disciplined. Must be focused at work.
  • Must have sound nursing knowledge and skills.
  • Must have an eye for detail.
  • Willingness to keep oneself up-to-date with the developments occurring in the world of nursing.
  • Must have honesty and integrity. Must stand up for the rights of patients.


Now that we’ve seen the basic details about the profession of nursing, let us move to the meat of the matter- course details!


Post Basic B.Sc. Nursing: Course Details


Type of course

Post Basic B.Sc. Nursing is a Degree program (Bachelor of Science Degree). This course is also known by the short name of PB B.Sc. Nursing. INC (Indian Nursing Council) is the body governing the aspects of nursing education in India. Post Basic B.Sc. Nursing course follows the syllabus prescribed by the INC.


The course consists of a holistic mixture of classroom lectures and hands-on practical sessions. While securing admission, make sure that the institute is recognized by the INC!



PB B.Sc. Nursing course is 2 years long.


Eligibility criteria

Candidate must have passed GNM (General Nursing and Midwifery) course after completing 10+2 Schooling (Science stream preferred in 10+2). Candidate should be a registered nurse and midwife with any State Nursing Registration council.


Admission process

Reputed institutes follow merit based admission process. Under this scheme, they usually conduct a selection test (aptitude test, interview, written test etc). Deserving candidates are allotted seats, based on their performance in the test.


PG courses and further studies

M.Sc. Nursing is the most preferred PG course among nursing graduates. M.Sc. course opens doors of opportunities in front of graduates. After completing M.Sc., one may venture into the teaching sector (educator). Apart from that, M.Sc. Degree earns them the ‘specialist’ tag! This qualification helps them have access to professionals posts like educator, specialist, consultant or administrator!


M.Sc. is 2 years long PG program. There also exist many specialties, when it comes to M.Sc. Nursing program. Well known specialties include –

  • Child Health (Paediatric) Nursing
  • Mental Health Nursing
  • Medical Surgical Nursing
  • Obstetric & Gynaecologic Nursing
  • Community Health Nursing
  • Critical Care Nursing
  • Orthopaedic Nursing
  • Oncology Nursing


After M.Sc., interested candidates may go for further advanced program like PhD!


Career prospects and job opportunities

Nurses are healthcare professionals. They play an important role in the smooth functioning of healthcare sector. Nurses usually work under qualified Doctors. Nursing professionals with PG Degree may advance on to roles like specialist, educator, administrator etc.


Indian nurses have an ocean of opportunity abroad! Qualified Indian nurses are in huge demand in developed countries like the USA, the UK, New Zealand, Australia and other European Nations! Abroad, the pay package is much better than what it is in India!


Also read: Nursing courses in India

ANM course

Paramedical courses in India


In India, qualified nurses may find a job in Government as well as private sector. Healthcare sectors like hospitals, clinics and nursing homes are the main recruiters. They may also join the Armed Forces!


Healthcare setups are the main recruiters. Nurses can be seen working in healthcare setups like –

  • Hospitals (Government and Private)
  • Clinics
  • Nursing Homes
  • Rehabilitation Clinics/Centres
  • Community Health Centres
  • NGOs


Apart from that, they may also find work in healthcare initiatives and schemes run by the Government (targetting communities and rural areas). Nurses possessing PG Degree may even work at Nursing schools/institutes as educators!


Common job profiles available in front of nurses include (depending upon their qualification and specialization) –

  • Chief Nursing Officer
  • Assistant Nursing Officer
  • Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Critical Care Nurse
  • Paramedic Nurse
  • Nurse Manager
  • Educator/Instructor/Lecturer
  • Community Health Specialist
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