Are you interested in pursuing any nursing course right after 10th? If yes, do read the entire article. It will clear your doubts and provide you details about the careers paths (leading towards a nursing job) available in front of you.
The reality is that there exist only paramedical nursing courses, which can be pursued right after 10th! Most of the good nursing courses recognized by the INC (Indian Nursing Council) have 10+2 as the minimum eligibility criteria.
INC is the regulatory body, when it comes to nursing education in India. From career prospects’ point of view, it’d be beneficial for students to pursue nursing programs that have been recognized and approved by the INC.
Don’t get disheartened. I’m here to guide you. I’ll give you details regarding paramedical courses and nursing courses available after 10+2! I will provide clear career path, using which, you may pursue nursing courses and become a registered nurse or registered midwife! First of all, let us check out some of the well known paramedical nursing courses-
Paramedical Nursing courses
- Diploma in Nursing Care Assistant
- Certificate in Nursing Care Assistant
- Diploma in Ayurvedic Nursing
- Certificate in Home Based Healthcare
- Diploma in Rural Healthcare
The eligibility criteria in case of the above mentioned paramedical courses is 10th pass. Course duration is 1-2 years. After completing any of the above mentioned course, one may start working as a paramedic in the healthcare sector. If you are interested in better courses, do read the next section.
Let us check out nursing courses available after completing 10+2 standard-
After completing 12th standard, there are 3 main streams available-
There are Degree and Diploma nursing courses available, which can be pursued after completing any of the above mentioned streams (11th and 12th). Let us check out those courses.
Nursing courses after 12th
- B.Sc. Nursing (Basic)
- B.Sc. Nursing (Post Basic)
- GNM (General Nursing and Midwifery)
- AMN (Auxiliary Nursing and Midwifery)
These are the main nursing programs available in India, which can be pursued after completing 12th standard. There exist PG courses too, which can be done after graduation. Some of the well known PG courses are-
- M.Sc. Nursing
- PG Diploma Nursing
- M.Phil. Nursing
PG courses can be used to specialize in various specialties available in the medical profession.
Let us run through the eligibility criteria now. We will check out each course and the eligibility criteria associated with it-
B.Sc. Nursing (Basic)– 10+2 Science stream passed with Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English subjects from a recognized board. Minimum aggregate marks required may vary from one institute to another (generally around 50% marks). Candidate must be at least 17 years of age.
GNM– 10+2 passed in any stream (preferably Science with PCB subjects) from a recognized board. Minimum aggregate marks required may vary from one institute to another (generally around 50% marks). Candidate must be at least 17 years of age. Eligibility criteria may vary from one institute to another. Many institutes give admission to 10+2 passed students from any stream (Science/Commerce/Arts).
ANM– 10+2 passed in Science or Arts stream from a recognized board. Minimum aggregate marks required may vary from one institute to another (generally around 50% marks). Candidate must be at least 17 years of age. Some institutes do have relaxed eligibility criteria. There exist many institutes that allow 10+2 passed students from any stream (Science/Commerce/Arts) pursue this course.
B.Sc. Nursing (Post Basic)– must be 10+ 2 passed from Science or Arts stream and must also have completed GNM program. Candidate must be a registered nurse with the State Nurses Registration Council.
The best way ahead for 10th standard students who are interested in nursing would be to go for Science stream with Biology group. After completing 11th and 12th, one may pursue B.Sc. in Nursing (Basic course). After completing the course, one may register with State Nurse Registration council and become a Registered Nurse!
After B.Sc. in Nursing, one may also go for PG courses like M.Sc. in Nursing or PG Diploma in Nursing (specialties).
If you are not interested in Science stream, you may go for Arts stream. After completing 11th and 12th standards in Arts stream, one may take up ANM or GNM course. GNM would be the better choice.
After completing GNM course, one may follow it up with B.Sc. in Nursing (Post Basic). After that, one may go for advanced courses like M.Sc. Nursing and PG Diploma Nursing.
Career prospects and job opportunities
Skilled and qualified nurses are in huge demand across the World! Specializing in lucrative disciplines will further boost one’s chance of landing a high paying job.
Also read: How to become a nurse in India
After completing any of the above mentioned nursing course, one may register with State Nurse Registration Council and become a ‘Registered Nurse’ or ‘Registered Midwife’. After that, one may work as a nurse at Government hospitals, private hospitals, primary health centres, community health centres, rehabilitation clinics and private clinics.
Common job profiles available in front of Registered Nurses are-
- Chief Nursing Officer
- Assistant Nursing Officer
- Critical Care Nurse
- Paediatric Surgery Nurse
- Nurse Manager/Supervisor
- Rehabilitation Specialist
Well known recruiters include-
- Government hospitals
- Private hospitals
- Primary health centres
- Community health centres
- Rehabilitation clinics
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