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Department of Nursing

Welcome Message from The Head of Department- Nursing


Dear Visitor

We are delighted to welcome you to the website of the Department of Nursing Science, College of Medical Sciences at the University of Calabar, where we are globally recognized as the cradle of healthcare in sub-Saharan African. The entire University community holds the Department of Nursing Science in very high esteem because of the huge accomplishments of the Department, the achievements of our Alumni, and the fame that the Department has brought to the University. We encourage you to continue browsing our web pages from where you will find out more information about our academic programs, research activities, clinical activities, rich courses and curricula, staffing structure, and other activities. 


The Department of Nursing Science started as a unit in the then Department of Community Health that was then in the Faculty of Clinical Sciences in 1993/1994 academic session. The Department eventually secured its first Nursing & Midwifery Council of Nigeria accreditation in 1998 and by 2001, it was upgraded to the status of a Department by the Senate of the University of Calabar. Since then, the Department has grown by leaps and bounds and is now offering undergraduate and postgraduate programs in Nursing Sciences. The Department is purely a student-centered Department, where excellent teaching, training, and quality research are performed to enable them to learn, acquire knowledge and skills, and consequently, develop lifelong experiences in the act, science, and technology of modern patient care practices and procedures. The skills and knowledge acquired, and experiences gained during their training have contributed to making our graduates be exceptional in their practices of providing the best healthcare to individuals, families, and communities; innovative problems solving capacities, research, and discovery. 


The University has engaged a crème de la crème team of highly experienced and committed academic, administrative, technical, and clinical staff, who inspire students to who have developed a deep dedication to helping students to learn. We have some of the best high-profile stock of hi-tech equipment in both our general and specialized clinics. The entire University community values our highly respected global reputation as a center for producing professional nurses, who are occupying excellent job positions in hospitals, research institutes, managers, and consultants. The high-profile achievements of our esteemed Alumni have continued to inspire the Department to do their best to sustain our tradition of excellent teaching and quality training. The Department has secured a collaborative agreement with both local and foreign Universities. 


If you are searching for a University to study Nursing, consider enrolling in any of our programs. Should you have any questions, suggestions, and comments, kindly send them to us using any of our contact channels.


Thank you for visiting our unique Department located in a distinctive learning environment. We look forward to meeting you either in the Department, or professional community, or hospital soon. 

Best wishes.

Dr Margaret M. Opiah

Head of Department

Mission / Vision / Philosophy / Objective



The mission of the Department of Nursing Science is to enhance and improve the health and wellbeing of the people of Cross River State and the nation, and, as relevant and appropriate, the people of other nations, through its programmes of education, research, clinical practice and community service. The Department accomplishes its mission as a steward of the public interest by:

1.    providing high-quality education within an environment of scholarly inquiry to prepare competent and compassionate practitioners and scholars and leaders in nursing who will actively contribute to the goal of a healthy state and nation,

2.    generating, integrating, disseminating and using knowledge for practice and policy,

3.    creating vibrant and supportive life-long learning environments to ensure a cadre of nurses who value and participate in scholarship and life-long learning, and who can quickly respond to and effectively address the changing health needs and problems of the state and nation.

4.    ensuring equal and fair access to its programs to guarantee that a gender-racially/ethnically-, and culturally, diverse professional group will be ready to serve a similarly diverse population, and

5.    fulfilling its agreement of care with the public it serves.



To be a centre of excellence producing globally competitive graduates and contributing significantly to development through research.



The philosophy of the University of Calabar serves as a guide for the philosophy of the B.N.Sc. programme. The programme also takes cognizance of the philosophy of education. Healthcare delivery in Nigeria is responsible for the maintenance of the health of the society and preservation of the dignity of man. Nursing is the art and science of promoting and maintaining health and caring for individuals, sick or well; the nurse should therefore have the necessary knowledge and skills to enhance the fulfilment of the expanded and extended roles of the nurse. A liberal, University-based education for the nurse will ensure a sound professional training that will enable the students to acquire the relevant knowledge, skills, value, ideals and attitude needed to provide quality, safe, competent and efficient healthcare to humanity. The B.N.Sc programme is therefore concerned with the development of high-level health manpower with a high standard of scholarship and personal character to ensure better health for the individual, family and community.



The objectives of the programme are to:

1.    Prepare professional nursing/midwife/psychiatric/public health nurse practitioners capable of assuming professional, responsibility in any healthcare setting.

2.    Advance public welfare through the preparation of competent polyvalent nurse practitioners who will provide safe, acceptable, effective and high-quality health services to individuals, families and communities.

3.    Contribute to the national health manpower needs by producing an adequate number of academically and professionally qualified nurses, midwives, psychiatric and public health nurses capable of giving care in healthcare agencies, industries and communities.

4.    Improve the standard of nursing care by providing continuing education for practising nursing personnel.

5.    Increase research awareness among nurses and provide a focus for the development and maintenance of high professional standard in nursing.

6.    Uphold the academic standard stipulated by the University of Calabar.



The University of Calabar was established by Decree No. 80 of 1975. The B.N.Sc. programme of the University of Calabar started in 1993/1994 session as a unit in the Department of Community Health, then in the Faculty of Clinical Sciences in the College of Medical Sciences. During this period, Mrs Theresa Ndebbio was appointed the 1st Coordinator of the programme. The proposal to establish the programme was approved by the University Senate on March 12, 1992. The proposal was defended before the Nursing & Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN). Several visits have been made by both the NUC and NMCN starting from 1998 to 1999, 2000, 2005, 2007,  2014 and 2019. The Department was granted provisional accreditation by the NMCN in 1998 and full accreditation by NUC in 2007.

The programme commenced with four foundations academic staff, Dr (Mrs) Adiaha A. Effiong, Dr (now Professor) Mildred E. John, Mrs Olaide B. Edet (now Professor) and Ms (now Professor) Idongesit Akpabio. Dr Mildred John served as the 2nd Coordinator of the programme (October 1996-2006) and also served as the examination officer during the period. Dr Mrs Adiaha Effiong became the first Head of Department in 2001 when the unit became a full Department.

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