Program Name

BS Nursing


4 Years, 8 Semesters


Higher Education Commission (HEC), Govt. of Pakistan and Pakistan Allied Health Professional Council Islamabad

BS Nursing

Nursing is a profession within the health care sector focused on the care of individuals, families, and communities so they may attain, maintain, or recover optimal health and quality of life. Nurses may be differentiated from other health care providers by their approach to patient care, training, and scope of practice. Nurses practice in many specialties with differing levels of prescription authority. Many nurses provide care within the ordering scope of physicians, and this traditional role has shaped the public image of nurses as care providers. However, nurse practitioners are permitted by most jurisdictions to practice independently in a variety of settings. In the postwar period, nurse education has undergone a process of diversification towards advanced and specialized credentials, and many of the traditional regulations and provider roles are changing.

Nurses develop a plan of care, working collaboratively with physicians, therapists, the patient, the patient’s family and other team members, that focuses on treating illness to improve quality of life. In the United States and the United Kingdom, advanced practice nurses, such as clinical nurse specialists and nurse practitioners, diagnose health problems and prescribe medications and other therapies, depending on individual state regulations. Nurses may help coordinate the patient care performed by other members of a multidisciplinary health care team such as therapists, medical practitioners and dietitians. Nurses provide care both interdependently, for example, with physicians, and independently as nursing professionals.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) is awarded to the nurse who has earned a four-year academic degree in the science and principles of nursing, granted by a tertiary education university or similarly accredited school.

Nursing and midwifery are well known and highly reputable allied health care professions world-wide. They are highly paid allied health professionals and are always in demand. According to certain surveys it has been concluded that Pakistan is facing shortfall of nurses i.e. both Male and female. As per standard protocols there must be 1 nurse for 4 beds and unfortunately in our government hospitals there are merely 2 to three nurses available in ward of 30 to 40 beds.

According to The U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) current Occupational Outlook Handbook, the median expected annual salary for registered nurses is $68,450. Actual salaries will vary greatly based on your specialization, location, years of experience, and a variety of other factors.

Approximately there is shortfall of 20 to 25000 nurses in Pakistan. In order to overcome this dilemma, Government should establish more teaching institutes for nurses and must increase their number in hospitals.


Graduates of BS Nursing can pursue their post-graduation i.e. MSC/MS/PG. Dip/PHD in hospital care management, Public health, Nurse Anesthetist, Midwifery, Neonatal Nurse Practice, Family Nurse Practice, Psychiatric Nurse Practice and Clinical Nurse Specialization. MS in public health and hospital care management are being offered by various universities in Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi and Peshawar but MS in other fields is only available in Lahore and Islamabad with minimum number of seats which is certainly not in the vicinity of every student, due to lack of institutions offering post-graduate courses students are compelled to apply in foreign universities to continue their studies as a simple graduate suffers a lot in the field and has few chances to excel in professional career. It’s not possible for every student to go abroad either due to family reservations or due to excessive financial burden. Government needs to pay strong attention regarding this dilemma of our society in order to meet international standards.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics there is going to be continued and significant growth in the field of nursing over the coming years. Although this means that having a Nursing degree is always going to serve you well, there are certain specializations in which you are almost guaranteed to be successful.

After completing either the LPN or either RN education programs in the United States, graduates are eligible to sit for a licensing examination to become a nurse, the passing of which is required for the nursing license. The National Licensure Examination (NCLEX) test is a standardized exam (including multiple choice, select all that apply, fill in the blank and “hot spot” questions) that nurses take to become licensed. It costs two-hundred dollars to take the NCLEX. It examines a nurse’s ability to properly care for a client.

Job Placement

  • Council: Pakistan Nursing Council
  • Job Placement:

There will be a wide range of job opportunities for Dental technologist/ Hygienists in different clinical setups.

Government sector: Grade 16/17 Professional.

Seats: 50 seats after every six months in DHQ and THQ Hospitals.

3 to 4 in every ward of the Hospital.

Public sector

  • Hospitals
  • Clinics

Private Sector

  • Private hospitals
  • Teaching Hospitals as Educationists and Clinical Instructors

Rehabilitation centers

Community clinics

Colleges and universities to prepare future professionals

Learning outcomes

Following competencies will be expected from a student completing 4 years degree course in BS Nursing. The student should be proficient to:

  • Provide quality patient care.
  • Assessing and interpreting prescriptions.
  • Consulting to jointly consider changes that are beneficial to the patient.
  • Determining the shape and contours, material and methods of production.
  • Evaluate performance characteristics of equipment.
  • Care of individuals, families, and communities so they may attain, maintain, or recover optimal health and quality of life.
  • Develop plan of care, work collaboratively with physicians, therapists, patient, patient’s family and other team members focusing on treating illness to improve quality of life.
  • Apply the principles of management, organizational behavior, supervision, budgeting, human resource management, and labor relations in Clinics and Hospitals.
  • Enhance human interaction and performance in the clinical environment by integrating liberal education principles.
  • The Nurses should be able to integrate seven areas of key importance in the dental departments. The seven areas include patient care, use of technology, optimization of clinical services, clinical responsibility, organization, quality assurance and education and training.


BS Nursing education and training should enable the student to:

  • Develop accuracy and meticulousness to attain high levels of ethics and technical proficiency.
  • Assess the technical and non-technical skills in a standardized and reproducible environment.
  • Strengthen the decision power and exercise appropriate judgment skills, to be applied especially during crisis.
  • Develop good leadership, problem solving and administrative skills.
  • Develop and analyze innovative strategies for effective communication with the patients and the healthcare personnel.
  • Demonstrate interdisciplinary team building strategies for effective co-ordination between various Allied Health Disciplines.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the basic concepts of professional behavior and legal implications of the work environment.
  • Demonstrate the knowledge of his / her role in health care delivery system.
  • Establish and maintain continuing education as a function of growth and maintenance of professional competence

Program structure

Program Structure


Title of Degree:                   BS Hons Nursing

Duration:                              4 Years

Semester:                              8

Entry Requirements:         FSc. (Pre-Medical) with 50% Marks or Equivalent

Recognition:                        Higher Education Commission (HEC), Govt. of Pakistan and                                                  Pakistan Nursing Council

Title of Graduates:             Nurse

Syllabus and Subject Distribution



Fundamental of Nursing-I 2.00 2.00 4.00
Microbiology 2.50 0.5 3.00
Anatomy and Physiology-I 3.00   3.00
Biochemistry for Nurses 2.00 1.00 3.00
English-I 2.00   2.00
Computer Skills 1.00   1.00





Fundamental of Nursing-II 2.00 1.00 1.00 4.00
Anatomy and Physiology-II 3.00 3.00
Community Health Nursing-I 2.00 1.00 3.00
Applied Nutrition 1.00 1.00
English-II 2.00 2.00
Islamiat 2.00 2.00
Pak. Studies* 2.00 2.00







Adult Health Nursing I 4.00 3.00 1.00 8.00
Pathophysiology 1 1,75   0.25 2.00
Health Assessment 1 1.00   1.00 1.00
Math-e-Matics 1.00   1.00
Pharmacology-I 2.00   2.00
English III 2.00   2.00
Total Credit Hours       18



Adult Health Nursing-II 4.00 3.00 1.00 8.00
Pathophysiology II 2.75 0.25 3.00
Health Assessment – II 1.00 1.00 2.00
Developmental Psychology 2.00 2.00
Pharmacology II 2.00     2.00
English IV 2.00     2.00
Nursing Ethics 2.00     2.00






Paediatrics Health Nursing 3.00 3.00 1.00 7.00
Community Health Nursing-II 2.50 2.50 1.00 6.00
Teaching/Learning :Principles and Practices 3.00     3.00
English -V 3.00     3.00





Mental Health Nursing 3.00 3.00 6.00
Introduction to Biostatics 2.5 0.5 3.00
Behavioral Psychology 2.00 2.00
Epidemiology 2.00 2.00
Culture Health and society 2.00 2.00
English VI(Academic Writing) 2.00 2.00





Critical Care Nursing 2.50 4.00 0.50 7.00
Nursing Theories 2.00 2.00
Leadership and Management in Nursing 2.00 1.00 3.00
Nursing Research 3.00     3.00
English-VII (Professional writing) 2.00     2.00
Total Credit





Community Health Nursing-III 2.00 3.00 5.00
Nursing Seminar 2.00 2.00
Senior Electives; Nursing Clinical in specialty areas   4.00 1.00 5.00
Total Credit Hours       12.00