Bachelor of Science in Nursing

This programme prepares a nurse to provide quality care in every aspect of the nursing practice with advanced knowledge and skills. The aims of this programme are: to provide advanced skills in holistic client-centred nursing care, leadership, teaching, research and management; to increase the understanding of the health care system of Sri Lanka; to create sensitivity to national and global nursing issues; to encourage active participation in shaping policies affecting the health care system of Sri Lanka; to increase overall work satisfaction; and to provide the necessary preparation for post-graduate studies.

The Bachelor of Nursing Degree programme consists of a minimum of four academic years to complete the Levels 3, 4, 5 and 6. Level 3 & Level 4 are exempted for registered nurses and Levels 5 and 6 are covered during a minimum of two academic years. The academic value of the courses for each level is 36 credits. As 72 credits at Level 3 and Level 4 are exempted for registered nurses, a student should complete 72 credits and obtain minimum Grade Point Value of 2.00 for the completion of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree. With the recent revision of the Rules and Regulations, the programme widens its capacity to offer the degree to students who have completed their A/Ls in Science and Mathematics streams with 03 passes.

Programme Code :
Programme Category :
Undergraduate Programme
Conducted by :
Dept. of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences
Programme duration :
Minimum 2 years
Discipline(s) / Course(s) :

Applicants should possess the following qualifications to register at the Level 5 of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Programme:

1. Obtained any one of the following:

a) Three (03) Pass grades at G.C.E. A/Level from among the subjects of Agriculture, Applied Mathematics, Biology, Botany, Chemistry, Combined Mathematics, Information & Communication Technology, Mathematics, Physics, Pure Mathematics and Zoology, or,

b) Three (03) Pass grades from among the OUSL Foundation courses, compatible to the subjects mentioned under section (a) above, or,

c) 03 Pass grades in combination of a) and b) above.


2. Obtained one of the following:

a) Diploma in Nursing offered by the OUSL, or,

b) General Certificate in Nursing or Diploma in Nursing of the Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka, or,

c) Three (03) year Diploma in Nursing from any other institution recognized by a local/international Regulatory Body acceptable to OUSL, with 02 years working experience

Issuing of Applications:
05th March 2017
Closing Date for Applications :
05th April 2017
Selection Test Date :
23rd April 2017


This Undergraduate programme is conducted by the Department of Nursing, Faculty of Health SciencesDownload Student's Handbook or Contact the Head, Ms. A.V. Pramuditha Madhavi for further details.
Address :
Department of Nursing,Faculty of Health Sciences, The Open University of Sri Lanka, Nawala, Nugegoda
Contact :
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