Choosing a Nursing or Midwifery Programme
It is always important to investigate the credentials/ legal status of a nursing or midwifery school or programme of study before investing time and money in the pursuit of your professional education. All potential nursing and or midwifery students should be aware that any nursing or midwifery programme of study they are considering should be approved by the Nursing Council of Jamaica (NCJ) before they enrol. A current list of the Council’s approved and non- approved nursing and midwifery educational programmes is as follows
Approved Educational Programmes for Midwives
1. Cornwall School of Midwifery
2. Kingston School of Nursing
3. University Hospital of the West Indies School of Midwifery
4. Spanish Town Hospital School of Midwifery
5. Victoria Jubilee Hospital
Unapproved Nursing and Midwifery Educational Programmes
The following Schools of Nursing and Midwifery were directed to discontinue the offerings of the respective programmes as of the dates stated, until they have met the requirements stipulated by the Nursing Council of Jamaica. Whenever this is done, the Council will re- assess the institutions/ programmes and issue the appropriate notice.
Caribbean School of Midwifery: Effective October 2015, this School was directed not to take in any new cohort of student to the Midwifery programme until further notice.
NB: The Council has not approved any School of Nursing or Midwifery to offer part- time programmes in nursing and or midwifery.
RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING FOR NURSING AND MIDWIFERY EDUCATION
Applicants normally require a minimum academic qualification to enter nursing and midwifery programmes. The Nursing Council recognises that learning can and does occur outside of traditional routes and so is committed to the principles of equity and accessibility, and facilitates entry to programmes through non-traditional routes.
On that basis, Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) as an assessment process that determines the extent to which an applicant has achieved the required competencies and standards for entry into to these programmes, is being rigorously defined by educators on the Nursing Council. Being the regulatory body for nursing and midwifery education, the Council is developing the RPL Programme that will be communicated to institutions that offer those programmes for implementation. Assessors of applications will be required to give due regard to professional and statutory accredited study that when the RPL system is implemented, it will not compromise the specifics of academic and clinical standards for nursing and midwifery education and practice.
Credit recognition for prior academic achievements will only be approved by the Council when prior learning is comparable in terms of content, quality, award and duration to the units of study within the relevant programmes. The guidelines determined by the Council must be followed.
PLA is therefore not yet accepted as entry requirement for Nursing and Midwifery education.