HEC Relaxes Criteria to Overcome Shortage of Nursing Staff in Pakistan

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) programs at colleges and universities can now be launched without the need for Ph.D. or qualified academic staff, according to the HEC.

The compromise was made for the nursing staff of the country’s hospitals.

For MS/MPhil/equivalent degree programs to be launched earlier, schools had to have at least two Ph.D.-certified faculty members specializing in the appropriate discipline.

As a result of the new policy, the Higher Education Commission (HEC) has temporarily waived this requirement to address the shortage of certified and professional nurses in Pakistan.

The National Curriculum Review Committee has proposed that the minimum criterion for introducing MSN programs be two MSN-certified faculty members with at least five years of professional experience, as stated in the policy guideline.

According to the document, until December 31, 2026, the exemption has been granted.

The new policy was developed by the Pakistan Nursing Council and the Curriculum Review Committee (NCRC) (PNC).

Equivalence issues were also addressed by the policy above. Before this, the Commission refused to grant BSN and MSN equivalence certificates to students who didn’t already have midwifery degrees or certifications. As a result, they may now apply for equivalence since they must finish their midwifery training after earning their BSN and MSN degrees.

Previously, the HEC refused to award these students equivalents because of their disregard for the regulations. As a result, midwifery certification or diplomas were required for admission to the BSN and MSN programs following established standards.

In addition, a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) requires a minimum of 12 years of study in a pre-medical group with a minimum of 50% grades.

Students who have earned a three-year nursing diploma and a one-year midwifery/specialization diploma and have passed three mandatory topics by the time they reach the age of 14 are now eligible for the educational equivalent of 14 years.

In addition, “HEC would accept for this reason separate transcripts provided by universities for the passage of certain courses,” it said.

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