Nursing in Nepal

Nursing deals with the promotion and preservation of the health, taking care of sick people and provide them with the best health service. Anything can barely beat the satisfaction one feel after easing someone’s misery and this is what nursing is all about. It’s not just a profession; it’s an opportunity to work for the betterment of the humankind. Probably this is the reason; today most of the youth are attracted towards this profession.

Here we will be discussing about the Proficiency Certificate Level (PCL) Nursing offered by the different institutions in Nepal.


Over the past few years, the Proficiency Certificate Level Nursing program has been one of the most sought-after nursing programs in Nepal. It is a practical course designed to produce an educated and skilled middle-level health professionals. The various subjects integrated in the curriculum enable the graduates to work in the overall development of nation. The program is developed in a way that graduates can easily adapt in the continuously changing work environment, preparing them to work in the various healths setting under different circumstances.

The PCL Nursing program strives to:

  • Provides students with the conceptual knowledge and practical skills to cure, care sick and injured people
  • Develop communication skills in order to communicated with the patients efficiently
  • Enable students to promote and preserve health
  • Equip students with the leadership quality so that they can plan and enhance the health care sector without any hassle
  • Encourage them to work in team to solve any problem related to health
  • Be able to create awareness in the communities regarding preserving health
  • Develop strong base for the higher studies


40 seats are available at the Kathmandu University School of Medical Sciences. The total cost of the program is NRs. 3,98,000 which is further divided into three parts. Students needs to pay NRs. 1,90,000 during  the time of admission. In the second year, they have to pay NRs. 102,000 likewise they need to deposit NRs. 106,000 in the final year.

Colleges affiliated to CTEVT are not allowed to charge more than NRs. 4, 75000. It covers practical fee, tuition fee, registration fee, examination fee, etc.

Duration of Course

The degree is awarded after three years of studying nursing at the recognized institution. It is an annual system program comprising approximately three-hundred and fifteen lecture days excluding the days taken for annual examination. Generally the program starts in September and admission form is opened in June/July.

Career Prospect in Nepal:

With the increasing number of health sectors in the Nepal, the demand of skilled health professional is skyrocketing. Graduates with this degree can work as advanced-practice nurses, registered nurse and nurse. Staff Nurse earns from Rs. 15,000 to 25,000 per month. Graduates with this degree are capable of working in the various health settings from local to national to international. The typical employers of the staff nurse include private and government hospitals, community hospitals and private clinics. If students are willing to work in the government sector they need to take a Loksewa exam. Graduates even have option to work as an instructor.

Career Prospect in Abroad

In most of the countries, PCL graduates are not viewed as a professional. Moreover most of the foreign universities do not grant validation to this program. Students with PCL Nursing need to complete 3 years long Bachelor of Nursing program if they are willing to work as a registered nurse in the foreign country.

Admission Requirements:  

CTEVT-Eligibility Criteria:

The candidate applying for the admission to the PCL Nursing program

  1. Should have successfully completed the SLC or SEE
  2. Should have obtained minimum GPA 2 with at least ‘C-Grade’ in Mathematics, Science and English.
  3. Should have obtained at least 45% with Compulsory Mathematics, Science and English.
  4. Should pass the entrance examination held by the institution followed by the personal interview

TU- Eligibility Criteria:

  1. Should have successfully completed the SLC or SEE
  2. Should have obtained at least 50% with Compulsory Mathematics, Science and English.
  3. Should pass the entrance examination held by the institution followed by the personal interview

KU- Eligibility Criteria

  1. Should have successfully completed the SLC or SEE
  2. Should have secured at least Grade-C
  3. Should pass the entrance examination held by the institution followed by the personal interview

Documents Checklist:

  1. Copy of academic certificate of SEE or SLC
  2. Copy of character certificate
  3. 2 recent passport size photographs
  4. Complete and signed application form along with application fee


Generally colleges provide scholarship to the students on the merit basis, meaning students who are academically sound can apply for the scholarship. It is competitive. Weather Full tuition fees will be waivered or some percent of tuition fees will be discounted depends upon the institution’s policy.

List of college offering PCL Nursing

108 Colleges affiliated with CTEVT are offering PCL Nursing. Some of them are listed below:

  • Chitwan Academy for Technical Education
  • Chhinnamasta Educational Academy
  • Charak Hospital Nursing College
  • Care Medical Center
  • BP Memorial Health Institute and Research Center
  • Boston Academy for Medical Science
  • Birat Health College and Research Centre
  • Bheri Nursing College
  • Bangalamukhi Multiple Technical Institute
  • B and B Medical Institute (Nursing College)
  • Asha Hospital Chitwan
  • AMDA Institute of Health Care
  • Alka Institute of Medical Sciences
  • Advance Studies of Health Sciences
  • Mayadevi Girl’s College
  • Khwopa Poly-Technic Institute
  • Nepal Institute of Medical Science and Technology (NIMST)
  • Hope International College
  • Norvic Institute of Nursing Education
  • Shankarapur Academy
  • Birat Health College And Research Center
  • National Vision Nursing Campus
  • Mayadevi Technical Institute
  • Lumbini Medical College
  • Vinayak College of Health Science
  • ManMohan Institute of Health Sciences
  • Om Health Campus
  • Sanjeevani Nursing College
  • Shree Medical and Technical College
  • Nepalgunj Medical College
  • Gunraj Pathak Memorial Nursing Campus

Colleges affiliated with TU

  • Nepalese Army Institute of Health Sciences-Colelge of Nursing
  • Lalitpur Nursing Campus
  • National Medical College
  • Birjung Nursing Campus
  • Biratnagar Nursing Campus
  • Nepalgung Nursing Campus
  • Pokhara Nursing Campus

B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Science – College of Nursing

Kathmandu University School of Medical Sciences

Further study options

After successfully completing the PCL program, you can apply for the registration at the Nepal Nursing. As a registered health professional, students should serve in the health sector for a year before being eligible to join the Bachelor of Nursing program.

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