Proficiency Certificate Level in Nursing (PCL Nursing)

Affiliated to CTEVT

Duration: 3 years

Entry Requirement :

Minimum Grade C in SEE in English, Math & Science with GPA 2

Numbering System: SLC graduates female with minimum second division

Total Intake: 40



The CTEVT started PCL Nursing in 1999 AD (2056 BS) with kind permission of TU IOM. In the beginning, CTEVT adopted TU IOM curriculum for PCL nursing and later CTEVT has developed its own curriculum for PCL nursing.

PCL nursing is one of the prominent and popular disciplines within the Nursing profession. The nursing profession has been helping the world for the all-round development of health. This curriculum is designed with the purpose of producing middle level technical nursing workforce equipped with knowledge and skills related to the field of nursing to meet the demand of such workforce in the country to contribute in the national economic development of Nepal. The knowledge and skills incorporated in this curriculum will be helpful to deliver the individual needs as well as national needs in the field of Nursing Profession.

Nepal Government has adopted a national health policy for the attainment of “Health for All beyond the Year 2000 A.D” through the use of the primary health care approach. As a result CTEVT got the mandate to produce middle level trained workforce through CTEVT as well as CTEVT affiliated institutions. During the process of curriculum development the Nepal Government has endorsed the concept of gerontology care, because the PCL nursing graduates are prominent service providers; the Department of Health has suggested incorporating this new emerging health issues in the curriculum. Similarly,  the psychiatric nursing theory and clinical hours has increased, Likewise a new subject called Basic Science Applied to Nursing has been added that consists of Biochemistry (Microbiology, Parasitology & Virology) and Pharmacology. Some portions of oncology nursing is also has been added in the curriculum. The course is conducted both in theoretical and practical sessions.

 Curriculum Title

Proficiency Certificate Level in Nursing (PCL Nursing)

 Program Objectives

To produce a middle level nursing work force who is independent and competent to assume the responsibility to carry out the function of preventive, primitive, curative, rehabilitative and holistic  are of an individual/group at hospital and in community settings.

Upon completion of the program the graduate will be able to:

  • Utilize a sound knowledge base in giving care to well and sick individuals, families and communities.
  • Perform preventive and therapeutic measure directed toward promotion, maintenance and restoration of health.
  • Utilize communication skills effectively with individuals and groups in a variety of settings.
  • Utilize the nursing process in providing and improving health care.
  • Assume leadership for planning and improving health care.
  • Teach and supervise individuals, families and groups including health care workers.
  • Collaborate with multispectral groups to develop a healthful environment, including safe drinking water, sanitation and other holistic approach of the community.
  • Mobilize the community to participate in the activities of the village health post.
  • Demonstrate a positive attitude and respect for cultural values in working to meet needs and solve problems.
  • Continue to seek new knowledge for personal and professional growth.

Program Description

This course is based on the job required to perform by the Staff Nurse at different levels in public and private sector’s health field in relation to nursing jobs in Nepal. Therefore, this curriculum is designed to provide knowledge and skills focusing on nursing related occupation. The first year course is offered focusing on basic nursing care in hospital and in the community, provides foundational nursing practices; the second year course is focuses on preventive, primitive as well as therapeutic nursing care of sick as well as well people. Similarly, the third year the course comprise of the obstetrics and gynecology as well as leadership and management.

 Course Duration

The total duration of this curricular program is three years. The program is based on yearly system. Moreover, one year consist of around 45 academic weeks including evaluation period. Actual teaching learning hours will be not less than 40 weeks in each year.

 Academic Schedule

Usually, academic year starts from September in each year.  Notice for Application for entrance examination is published (National Newspaper) by CTEVT tentatively in June-July each year. Applicant should submit the Application form in particular CTEVT affiliated College.  Entrance exam is conducted by the CTEVT itself.

Target Group

The target group for this program will be all interested individuals who passed School Leaving Certificate/Secondary Education Examination (SLC/SEE) or SLC passed with Auxiliary Nurse Midwife (ANM)/TSLC passed with minimum scoring of 68.33%.

 Group Size: The group size will be maximum of 40 (Forty) students in a batch.

 Target Location: The target location will be all over Nepal.

 Entry Qualification

Entry qualification of the applicant for proficiency certificate level in nursing programme should be SLC passed in 2nd division (45%) with English, Science, and Compulsory Mathematics or SLC/SEE Minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) – 2 Grade with minimum “C- Grade’ in English, Science, and Mathematics or SLC/SEE passed plus Auxiliary Nurse Midwife (ANM) with 68.33% or as per provisions mentioned on CTEVT admission guidelines.

Entry Criteria

  • The candidate should submit the SLC/SEE or equivalent certificate
  • The candidate should pass the entrance examination as administered by CTEVT


Applicants fulfilling the entry criteria will be selected for admission on the basis of merit.

 Medium of Instruction

The medium of instruction will be in English and/or Nepali.

 Pattern of Attendance

Minimum of 90% attendance in each subject is required to appear in the respective final examination.

Teacher and student ratio

  • For theory: 1:40
  • For demonstration: 1:10
  • Clinical: 1:6-8 (Hospital)
  • Field Practice: 1:10-12 (Community)

 Teachers and demonstrators:

  • The disciplinary subjects’ related teachers should be a bachelor’s degree holder in the related area with three years experience in the related field.
  • The demonstrators should be bachelor’s degree holder in the related area with two years experiences in training activities.

Instructional Media and Materials

The following instructional media and materials are suggested for the effective instruction and demonstration.

  • Printed Media Materials (Assignment sheets, Case studies, Case presentation, Handouts,
  • Information sheets, Individual training packets, Procedure sheets, Performance Check lists, Textbooks etc.).
  • Non-projected Media Materials (Display, Models, Flip chart, Poster, Writing board etc.).
  • Projected Media Materials (Opaque projections, Multimedia, Overhead transparencies, Slides etc.).
  • Audio-Visual Materials (Audiotapes, Films, Slide-tape programs, Videodiscs, Videotapes etc.).
  • Computer-Based Instructional Materials (Computer-based training, Interactive video etc.).

 Teaching Learning Methodologies

The methods of teachings for this curricular program will be a combination of several approaches. Such as Illustrated Lecture, Tutorial, Group Discussion, Demonstration, Simulation, Guided practice, Independent practice, Practical experiences, Fieldwork, Report writing, Term paper presentation, Case analysis, Tutorial, Role-play, Project work and Other Independent learning.

  • Theory: Lecture, Discussion, Seminar, Interaction, Assignment, Group work, paper presentation.
  • Practical: Clinical, Demonstration, Observation visit, Guided practice, Self-practice, Project work, institutional clinical practices (mental health, geriatric home, school health, hospice care etc.)

Examination and Marking Scheme

  • The subject teacher will internally assess the students’ achievement in each subject during the course followed by a final examination at the end of each year.
  • A weight age of 20% for the internal assessment and 80% for the year wise final examination will be allocated for theoretical components of a subject.
  • The final yearly examinations of all theory components will be administered through written tests.
  • Generally the method of continuous assessment will be adopted for practical components.
  • Student who fails in the internal assessment will not be allowed to sit in the final yearly examination and will also be not allowed continuing the following year.

Provision of Back Paper (Back Exam)

There will be the provision of back paper but the student must pass all the subjects of all three years within six years from the enrolment.

 Disciplinary and Ethical Requirements:

  • Intoxication, insubordination or rudeness to peers (bullying), or any seriously breakage of the institutional rules will result in immediate suspension followed by review by the disciplinary review committee of the institution with possible expulsion.
  • Dishonesty academic or practice activities will result in immediate suspension followed by administrative review with possible expulsion.
  • Illicit drug use, bearing arms in institution, threats or assaults to peers, faculty or staff will result in immediate suspension, followed by administrative review with possible expulsion.

 Pass Marks

The students must secure minimum of 40% marks in theory and 50% in practical (Lab). Moreover, the students must secure minimum of 40% marks in the internal assessment and 40% in the final yearly examination of each subject to pass all subjects except in practical (50%) offered in each year.

 Grading System

The overall achievement of each student will be measured by a final aggregate percentage of all final year examinations and graded as follow: –

  • Distinction : > or =80 %
  • First division : 65 % to < 80 %
  • Second division : 50 % to < 65 %
  • Pass : 40 % to < 50 %


  • Students who have passed all the components of all subjects of all three years are considered to have successfully completed the course.
  • Students who have successfully completed the course will be awarded with a Proficiency Certificate Level in nursing certificate by CTEVT.

Career Path

  • The graduates will be eligible for the position equivalent to Non-gazetted 1st class (technical) as Staff Nurse or as prescribed by the Public Service Commission of Nepal. The graduate will be eligible for registration/take examination in Nursing Council
  • The graduates are eligible to go for Bachelor of Nursing or equivalent Course as per university rule.

Curriculum and Credits

In this curriculum each subject has its code; full marks; and credit hours divided into lecture hours, tutorial hours, and practical hours.

Provision of Specialization: There will be no provision of specialization.

Course Structure of PCL Nursing

First Year

S.N. Course Number Name of Subjects Theory Hours


Practical Hours


1 501 Fundamental of Nursing  (T) 150  
2 502 Fundamental of Nursing (P) 726
3 503 Community Health Nursing I (T) 150  
4 504 Community Health Nursing I (P) 210
5 505 Anatomy and Physiology 100  
6 506 Basic Science Applied to Nursing 100  
7 507 English 150  
Total 650 936

 Second Year

S.N. Course Number Name of Subjects Theory Hours Practical Hours
1 508 Medical and Surgical I (T) 100  
2 509 Medical and Surgical I(P) 376
3 510 Medical and Surgical II (T) 50  
4 511 Medical and Surgical II (P) 140
5 512 Nursing Care for Children (T) 100  
6 513 Nursing Care for Children (P) 165
7 514 Geriatric Nursing (T) 35  
8 515 Geriatric Nursing (P) 35
9 516 Community Health Nursing II (T) 75
10 517 Community Health Nursing II (P) 180
11 518 Behavioral Science 50
12 519 Mental Health/Psychiatric Nursing (T) 50
13 520 Mental Health/Psychiatric Nursing (P) 70
14 521 Nepali 150
Total 610 966

Third Year

S.N. Course Number Name of Subjects Theory Hours Practical Hours
1 522 Leadership and Management (T) 75  
2 523 Leadership and Management (P) 285
3 524 Midwifery and Gynecology I (T) 100  
4 525 Midwifery and Gynecology I (P) 312
5 526 Midwifery and Gynecology II (T) 100  
6 527 Midwifery and Gynecology II (P) 312
7 528 Midwifery and Gynecology III (T) 100  
8 529 Midwifery and Gynecology III (P) 312
9 530 Nepal Parichaya 50
10 Total 425 1221