Health Sciences


i. B.NSc. (Hons) Nursing Science


Nursing is the protection, promotion, and optimization of health and abilities, prevention of illness and injury, alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response, and advocacy in the care of individuals, families, communities, and populations (ANA, 2004). Nurses, often in collaboration with other health care professionals, promote the optimal health care and comfort in individuals and groups through the systematic application of knowledge from nursing and related disciplines. 

The department believes that man as a biopsycho-social and spiritual being is the focus of all nursing activities. Man is an integral part of the family, the community and the society. It is useful to conceptualize the individual and the environment as open systems which engaged in continuous dynamic interaction in which each is susceptible to change by each other. The human environment is therefore a major factor in man’s health status. Health exists in a continuum ranging from wellness to illness/death and the position of man on the continuum at any given time is a function of adaptation to both internal and external stressors. Nursing is a helping relationship in which the Nursing process is a major tool for nursing care. The ultimate aim of nursing education is the advancement of health, well-being and general welfare of the population through advanced knowledge and skills.


The philosophy of the Nursing programme of Clifford University is derived from the philosophy of the University as well as from the philosophy of Nursing Profession in general which have their focal point on the wellbeing of human persons. It takes into cognizance the general aims and philosophy of education. Nursing profession is based on the philosophy that the essential purpose of Nursing is to achieve better health for the individual and the community. 


The department graduates polyvalent nurses imbued with essential moral, humanitarian and ethical principles required to meet the health needs of individuals, families and communities entrusted in their care. In general, the mission of the department is to prepare students to apply knowledge, abilities and values in promoting health, wholeness, and human potential in a complex, dynamic and innovative practice environment. 


The department aspires to be at the forefront in the areas of professionalism, quality, innovation, and leadership. We envision a strong dedication to promoting health and caring service by providing our patients with exceptional nursing care in an environment that empowers, educates, and nurtures patients and guides them and their families through the health care system.


The B.N.Sc programme has the following aims:

1. To produce professional Nurses, Midwives and Community Health Nurse Practitioners capable of assuming professional responsibility in any healthcare setting.

2. To 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. To develop through quality continued education, competent nurse practitioner to meet the diverse and rapidly changing health needs of the nation and the world at large.

4. To increase the research awareness among nurses and provide a focus for the development and maintenance of high professional standards in nursing. The scientific knowledge generated by the research process will be integrated into the learning content of the programme and also be utilized in practice.


A.   West African Senior Secondary School Certificate (SSSC); General Certificate of Education (GCE); Ordinary Level (O’L) or equivalent at not more than two sittings.

B.   Other National Government-approved Examination bodies: National Examination Council (NECO), National Business and Technical Examinations Board (NABTEB) or equivalent at one or two sittings. In all cases or in any of the results being presented, students must have:

i     A minimum of Credit level pass in at least 5 subjects, including English Language, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics and any other Science subject in not more than two sittings.

ii    In addition, candidates must have acceptable scores in the Unified Tertiary Matriculations Examinations (UTME) and/ or placement tests administered by the Clifford University.

C.  Applicants awaiting the results of the Senior Secondary School Examinations are eligible to apply. However, authenticated results must satisfy the entry requirements before consideration for regular admission and matriculation is affected.


All admissions offered by the University are Provisional until all the Credentials of the candidate have been verified and certified by the Registrar.


Prospective students should obtain, fill in and return their Application Forms along with three referees’ recommendations and photocopies of their certificates to the Registrar. The required application fee or evidence of payment must accompany the Form. Students are required to present all original official/ permanent certificates at registration time for official verification.


Change of programmes will only be allowed after the completion of two semesters. The student’s request is channelled through the Department which, in consultation with relevant units of the University, recommend as appropriate by signing the change of programme form as an indication of releasing the student to the accepting Department.  

Clifford University adopts the 5-point grading system after its adoption by the University Senate and translates as follows:

Grades Definition                   Marks Range                      Points                       Quality                     

A                                               70-100                                 5.00                           Superior

B                                               60-69                                   4.00                           Above Average

C                                               50-59                                   3.00                           Average

D                                               45-49                                   2.00                           Below Average

F                                                 0-44                                   0.00                            Failure


The normal course load for full time students ranges from 15 (minimum) to 24 (maximum) credit units per semester. In other words no full-time student is permitted to register for less than 15 or more than 24 credit units per semester.


(i)    There are designed periods for normal and late registration of courses every session. Further details on late registration may be obtained from Academic Office of the Registry.

(ii)    Course registration is the responsibility of the students’ parent department.

(iii)   Designated lecturers in the Department cross-check students/academic records and credentials and sign their registration forms.

(iv)   Students are not permitted to sit for examinations in courses for which they have not earlier registered. Breach of this regulation attracts severe disciplinary measures.


• Failed courses must be re-registered by the students but the maximum of 24 credits units per semester must not be exceeded.

• Students are not permitted to register for taught courses during the period for industrial training.


(i)   Each and every course is continuously assessed using practical (experimental) reports, quizzes, tests, assignments, etc. Normally, continuous assessment constitutes up to 30% of the marks for the course and administered during the lecture period (i.e. preceding the semester examination).

(ii)  The entire semester’s work is further assessed by semester examinations which constitute 70%. Therefore, the final grade of the students in each course is the combination of the continuous assessments and the result of the semester examination. The total score for the semester is 100%. 


To be eligible for the award of a degree, a student in the four Faculties presently mounted by Clifford University must obtain a total of 120 credits in a four-year degree programme, or 90 credits in a three-year degree programme including those earned from all courses. Those earned in the GST courses are inclusive. Clifford University degrees shall be awarded on the authority of Senate only to students who have been found worthy in character and learning. Students must have successfully completed and passed all prescribed examinations for courses required for a degree programme. Students shall not be involved in gross misconduct, such as, but not limited to examination misconduct, convicted felony: other convicted criminal offences; and association with or membership of secret cult or any organization proscribed by the University, or Government.


One of the following four classifications of Degrees shall be awarded in Clifford University based on the CGPA earned:

Class of Degree                                                Range of CGPA

First Class Honours                                           4.50 – 5.00

Second Class Honours Upper Division             3.50 - 4.49

Second Class Honours  Lower Division            2.40 - 3.49

Third Class Honour                                           1.00 - 1.49

Thus the University does not award a pass degree.