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GOOD OPTION: There is a demand for nursing graduates with additional qualifications
GOOD OPTION: There is a demand for nursing graduates with additional qualifications

GANESH PRABHU

Manipal College of Nursing offers UG and PG courses

With the demand for nurses increasing both in India and abroad, nursing courses are now among the most sought after. Meeting this demand is the Manipal College of Nursing (MCON) at Manipal, a constituent of Manipal University, established in 1990. Credited with ISO 90001:2000 certification in 2005, it offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

The undergraduate courses are B.Sc. in Nursing and Post- Certificate B.Sc. The B.Sc. in Nursing is a four-year course (including six months internship). Students who have passed 10+2 in Science stream (Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English) with at least 50 per cent marks can apply. They should also appear for an online all-India entrance examination conducted by Manipal University. The intake of students is 100 per year.

The Post-Certificate B.Sc. in Nursing is a two-year course and the intake is 30 per year. Candidate should have passed GNM (General Nursing and Midwifery) after 10+2 or equivalent examination with Science stream. Candidate should be a registered nurse and midwife with two years nursing experience in a hospital with 100 beds after doing the Certificate Course in GNM.

M.Sc.

Candidates who have passed B.Sc. Nursing with 50 per cent marks and one year clinical experience or teaching can apply for the two-year M.Sc. in Nursing. They also have to pass an all-India online entrance test. The intake is 30 students per year. The M.Sc. (Nursing) is offered in Paediatrics, Community Health, Medical Surgical, Psychiatric, and Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

Manipal University also offers M. Phil in nursing, a two-year part-time course. Candidates with M.Sc. (Nursing) with 50 per cent marks can apply. For Ph.D., the candidate should be a postgraduate with 60 per cent marks.

The Dean of MCON, Ratna Prakash, said that students who have done graduation in nursing can take to administration, teaching or research. "There is such a demand for the students of our college that many hospitals hold campus interviews. Many of our students are practising in the U.K., U.S., Canada, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, and the Gulf. There is a shortage of postgraduate nursing teachers, students also have scope there."

Integrated diploma

According to Dr. Prakash, there is a demand in U.S. and U.K. for nursing students with additional qualifications. In consonance with this demand, MCON has started a six-month Integrated Diploma in Management in collaboration with the Manipal Institute of Management. "Presently, 24 students who are doing internship in their B.Sc. (Nursing) are undergoing this course. They attend classes in the evening. This diploma will open avenues for the students in hospital management or healthcare management," Dr. Prakash says.

The pay-scale for graduate nurses starts from Rs. 12,000 per month, while for postgraduate nurses it is between Rs. 30,000 and Rs. 40,000 per month.

Exposure to research

What do the students have to say about their college? Saju T.P. and Selma K., final year M.Sc. students, said the college had state-of-the-art technology. "We are given good training and exposed to research," they said. Krishnendu A.K. of the same class said that the teaching was systematic. "The training here will help us when we begin working. The library is an absolute delight."

For Mathew J. Kooruvely of third year B.Sc., the freedom to study and interact with teachers is a big advantage. "The atmosphere is good and the faculty fabulous," he says.


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