Post Graduate

MSc Nursing


Philosophy : Nursing faculty, Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore presents the following statement of beliefs about Master of Science in Nursing (M.Sc Nursing) programme.

The Master of Science in Nursing programme is offered by institutions of higher education and is built upon Bachelor's curriculum in Nursing, recognised by Indian Nursing Council. The programme prepares nurses for leadership position in nursing and health fields, who can function as specialist nurse practitioners, consultants, educationists, administrators and investigators in a wide variety of professional setting in meeting the national priorities and the changing needs of the society. The programme prepares nursing graduates who are professionally equipped, creative, self directed and socially motivated to effectively deal with day-to-day problems within the existing constraints and act as an agent of social change. Further the programme encourage accountability and commitment to life , long learning which fosters improvement of quality care.

Objectives :

Graduates of Master of Science in Nursing programme demonstrates,

  • Increased cognitive, affective and psychomotor competencies and the ability to utilse the potentialities for efficient nursing performance.
  • Expertise in the utilisation of concepts and theories for the assessment, planning and intervention in meeting the self-care needs of an individual for the attainment of his/her fullest potential in her/his field of speciality.
  • Ability to practice independently as a nurse specialist.
  • Ability to function effectiv ely as educators and administrators.
  • Ability to interpret health related research and develop initial competencies in conducting research.
  • Ability to plan and initate change in the health care system, in practice and in the delivery of health care.
  • Leadership qualities for the advancement of the practice of professional nursing.
  • Ability to establish collaborative relationship with members of other disciplines for maintaining and improving health care.
  • Interest in life long learning for personal and professional advancement.



A candidate seeking admission shall have :

  • Passed B.Sc. Nursing (Basic) or Post Basic B.Sc. in Nursing degree or Post Certificate B.Sc. Nursing of Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences. Karnataka (RGUHS) or any other university accepted as equivalent by Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore, Karnataka.
  • Minimum of one years of experience after obtaining B.Sc. Nursing (Basic) in a hospital or in Nursing educational institution or in community health setting. For candidates with Post Basic B.Sc in Nursing degree no such experience is needed after graduation.
  • Registered to State Nursing Council as a Registered Nurse and Registered Midwife.
Criteria for selections of candidates :

The selection shall be based on merit judged on the basis of aggregate of marks obtained in the university examination from first year to final year B.Sc.(Basic) Nursing or Post Basic B.Sc. in Nursing and marks obtained in the selection test.

Branches/Speciality :

Candidates may choose any one of the branches of study at the time of admission:

  • Branch I - Medical Surgical Nursing
  • Branch II - Community Health Nursing
  • Branch III - Paediatric Nursing
  • Branch IV - obstetrics and gynaecology Nursing
  • Branch V - Psychiatric Nursing

No change of branch of study shall be permitted afater a candidate joins the course.

Duration :

The Course of study shall be for two academic years.

Course of study:

In the M.Sc., I year, the following four subjects shall be common to all candidates irresperctive of the subject speciality chosen :

  • Advanced Concepts of Health & Nursing.
  • Biological and Psycho-social Foundations of Nursing.
  • Education and Nursing Education.
  • Bio-statistics, Research methodology and Nursing Research.
    These four subjects will be called as common subjects

Nursing speciality - I : shall be the subject specialty chosen by the candidate from amongst the five brfanches mentioned above in Sl.number 3 ( Branches of Speciality) In the M.Sc., II year, the subject "Administration and Nursing Administration " shall be common to all candidatges irrespective of the subject specialty chosen.

Nursing Specialty - II : shall be the branch of specialty chosen by the candidate.

Particulars of subjects and distribution of Theory and Practical teaching hours.
Sl.No Subject Theory Hrs Practical Hrs. Total  Hrs.
1 Advanced Concepts of Health and Nursing 150 90 240
2 Biological and Psycho-Social Foundations of Nursing 
Sec. A: Geneticvs, Embryology and Patho-Psysiology
Sec.B :Psycho-Social foundation of nursing and epidemiology
120   120
3 Education and Nursing Education     200 100 300
4 Biostatistics and Research Methodology & Nursing Research 150 50 200 250
5 Nursing Specialty - I 100 275 375
1 Administration and Nursing Administration 200 100 300
2 Nursing Specialty - II 100 275 375
  Dissertation   250 250
  TOTAL HOURS  1020 1140 2160
  • A candidate pursuing M.Sc. Nursing course shall study in the concerned department of the institution for the entire period as a full time student. No candidate isk permitted to work in any labortory/college/industry/pharmacy etc., while studying postgraduatge course. No candidate should join any other course of study or appear for any ohter examination conducted by this university or any other university in India or abroad during the period of registration.
  • Each year shall be taken as a unit for the purpose of calculating attendance.
  • Every student shallattend symposia, seminars, conferences, journal review meetings and lectures during each year as prescribed by the department/colege/university and not absent himself/herself without valid reasons.
  • Candidate who has put in a maximum of 80% of attendance in the theory and practical assighments separately, shall be permitted to appear for M.Sc Nursing examination, provided she/he has completed the course and has shown satisfactory progress mentioned in the logbook.
  • Any student who fails to complete the course in the manner stated above shall not be permitted to appear for the University examinations.
  • The Principal should notify in the college notice board attendance details at the end of each term without fail undr intimation to the university.
InternalL Assessment (IA) marks:

There shall be continuous internal assessment. The marks for internal assessment setapart for theory and practical in each subjects in shown Table 3. These shall be a minimum of two tests and two assignments in each subject, the average of which shall form the marks for internal assessment. The principal should notify on the notice board the internal assessment marks of the students at the end of each term without fail under intimation to the university. The Prinicpals of the colleges shall send the internal assessment marks of the candidates both in theory and practicals to the university.

A student must secure at least 50% of total marks fixed for I A in a particular subject in order to be eligible to appear in University Examination in that subject

Certificate Course

Diploma in General Nursing & Midwifery Programme - (GNM) Accreditation:

Recognized by Indian Nursing Council (INC) and approved by Karnataka Nursing Council (KNC) and Government of Karnataka.

Subjects: Nursing Principles, Anatomy, Physiology, Physics, Chemistry, Nutrition, Psychology, Medical and Surgical Nursing, Pediatric Nursing, Maternity Nursing, Community Health & Midwifery.

Examination: Students will appear for the theory and practical examination conducted by the Board at the end of each year. Selection examination is conducted two months before the common Board Examinations and those students who do not fare well in the internal examinations will not be permitted to take the Board Examination. The minimum marks required for passing any examination is 50 in each subject. No candidates are allowed to sit for the examination if his/her attendance is less than 75%. The percentage of class room and clinical attendance, general conduct of students and the performance in the clinical area are all taken into consideration.

Eligibility: Educational Qualification should be PUC / 10+2 / Or any equivalent passed. Obtained at least 35% (Thirty-five percent) of the total marks in PUC / 10+2 / Or any equivalent. Age Between 17 to 35 years of age at the time of admission .

Paper I Fundamentals of Nursing including First aid & Emergency Nursing.
Paper II Anatomy, Physiology and Microbiology
Paper III Community, Health Nursing including Nutrition, Psychology, Sociology, Personal and Environment Hygiene, Health Education and Communication skills
Practical I Fundamentals of Nursing.
Paper I Medical Surging Nursing - I (including Pharmacology)
Paper II Medical Surging Nursing - I (including Nursing Specialties, Ophthalmology, ENT, Gynecological Nursing, Communicable Diseases, Orthopedic Nursing and Advanced Nursing Practices)
Practical II Medical Surgical Nursing.
Practical III Pediatric and Psychiatric Nursing.
Paper I Midwifery
Paper II Community Health Nursing - II (including Professional adjustment & trends and Management and Supervision).
Practical IV Midwifery / Psychiatric Nursing (alternate course for Male students).
Practical V Community Health Nursing