Post Basic Nursing Anaesthestist Programme


The post Basic Anaesthetist programme, University Of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH)Ituku/Ozalla, Enugu was established immediately after the Nigeria civil War in 1971. The Late Professor P.O Nwachukwu and T.I Eziashi developed and ran the programme with its first intake in 1971.

At that time the programme was solely to train nurse anesthetics to help relieve the acute manpower shortage experienced in the anesthetic discipline in (UNTH) The facility was later extended to other government and mission hospitals. Interest in the programme grew steadily and in 1978, the West Africa Health Community secretariat through contacts with late professor T.I Eziashi started sending and sponsoring candidate for training from other West Africa countries, including Liberia, Ghana, Sierra-leone, Cameroon and De-Gambia.

These advanced practice nurses are basically qualified professional nurses who have successfully undergone 18 months post basic specialist course of instruction in anesthesiology. They are certified, registered and licensed to practice as Nurse anesthetics by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria(N&MCN).


Products of this school (nurse anesthetics), practice anesthesia, in the whole of the West Africa-sub region and beyond . The Nurse Anesthetist demonstrates sound professional, moral and ethical standard in practice and recognize those situations in which the care needed is beyond his/her individual competence and requires consultation and / or referral.


The Nurse Anaesthetist training programme is of 18 months duration. The courses in the programme are designed to 400 level course, arranged in three semesters and with a prefix of NAP (Nurse Anaesthetist Programme).

Annually, fresh students are admitted in April, to graduate in the month of November the following year.

On resumption of training, students spend the first four weeks in the classroom before being exposed to clinical practice. The training programme includes an exposure of at least twenty weeks outside the training institution, under the supervision of a physician anesthetist/ nurse anesthetist who attests to the student’s performance during the field work.

Each student has a minimum of 8 weeks night duty spread throughout the training programme.


For admission into Nurse Anaesthetist Educational Programme, the candidate must:

  • Be a registered nurse with the N&MCN and must have at least three years post registration experience.(A post basic qualification is an advantage)
  • Possess a minimum of five credits in physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, English language at the west African School Certificate level or its equivalent in not more than two sitting.
  • Be self sponsored or fully sponsored by a private, government or voluntary agency.
  • Pass a pre-admission examination and interview. The panel of six interviewers is made up of:
    • One Anaesthesiologist (HOD,Anaesthesia)
    • The chairman M.A.C or his representative
    • The Deputy Director of Nursing or representative
    • The Coordinator, Post Basic Nurse Anaesthetist Programme
    • One nurse anesthesia educator in the school
    • One nurse anesthesia clinician from the theater.



  • Sale of application forms for admission into the School starts in March and ends in August each year.
  • An application form costs five thousand naira (5,000.00)
  • This form is available for completion, on-line
  • Common entrance examination is in September
  • Result of the examination is published on-line, including date and requirements for the interview
  • Similar Interview result can only be sourced on-line


All transactions are possible with UNTH scratch card sold at affordable price.

  • Registration of New Students
  • Registration forms are completed, on-line
  • Annual Update Course.

The school organizes annually, update course for practicing nurse anesthetists in the last two weeks of May. Participants register on-line.

Registration is fifty thousand naira (N50,000) and covers tea break, lunch, conference bag and materials, transportation for the two weeks.