Nursing Courses after 12th Arts and Commerce

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Nursing degrees are available in India after 12th grade in the Arts/Commerce stream. ANM and GNM are the two popular courses among students. These courses are brief in their duration and can assist you in establishing a profession in a short period of time.

Feb 2
Trusha Mishra
Staff Writer
Nursing Courses after 12th Arts and Commerce

Nursing is typically thought of as a professional course for students in the Science stream (Biology group). However, after clearing the 12th grade in the Arts/Commerce stream, there are nursing degrees available in India! It is a paramedical program that focuses on getting you a career as the healthcare industry is rapidly expanding. The demand for healthcare experts is also increasing as a result of this expansion! Nurses are an important part of the healthcare industry. In India and worldwide, qualified registered nurses are in high demand. 


ANM and GNM are the two courses that could be beneficial to you. These courses are brief and can assist you in establishing a profession in a short period. Although you shouldn’t get confused by the terms "ANM" and "GNM," as these are two distinct nursing programs.  Here, we'll go over each of these programs separately. 


About the Courses: 

Auxiliary Nursing Midwifery (ANM) is a diploma program that focuses on the study of health care for a variety of people. It also covered how to preserve equipment, set up an Operation Theater, give patients medication on time, and keep track of records. The ANM program prepares students to serve as basic health care providers. The treatment of children, women, and the elderly is the main focus of ANM graduates.  GNM stands for General Nursing and Midwifery, and it is concerned with nurse education in general health care, nursing, and midwifery. 


Eligibility Criteria 

ANM is a one-year program for students who have completed 10+2 (from either the Arts or Science stream) in the 10th grade. Candidates must achieve a minimum of 50% aggregate in their 10+2 examinations to be eligible to pursue ANM courses. The required minimum age is 17 years old.  Students should not be older than 35 years old. 


GNM is a three-and-a-half-year diploma program that can be pursued by students who have passed the 10+2 Science stream Biology group (PCB) as well as students who have completed the 10+2 with Arts or Commerce Stream, according to the Indian Nursing Council’s website. The minimum aggregate score varies from university to university. It typically ranges from 40 to 50 percent. A candidate must be 17 years old or older to be considered. The applicant must be under the age of 35 years. 


Important Note: 

It has been observed that the educational requirements differ between institutes. The minimal educational need for many institutes offering GNM courses is a 10+2 pass in any stream (Science, Commerce, or Arts)! So, before you apply for admission, check with the institute to see if you are eligible! 

Auxiliary Nursing and Midwifery (ANM) Diploma holders are also eligible to enroll in the GNM program. 



Career Path 

If you decide to pursue ANM, you must first complete the course before enrolling in the GNM program. Following GNM, you can pursue the above-mentioned career route and earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing! Following completion of the B.Sc. Nursing Post-Basic program, higher courses such as M.Sc. Nursing, PG Diploma in Nursing, M.Phil. Nursing and Ph.D. programs are available. 


After the completion of the GNM course and registration as an R.N.R.M., the candidate can pursue a B.Sc. Nursing (Post Basic) course. This professional path will lead to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. As a result, one's chances of finding a good job will improve! Following completion of the B.Sc. Nursing Post-Basic program, higher courses such as M.Sc. Nursing, PG Diploma in Nursing, M.Phil. Nursing and Ph.D. programs can be pursued. 


Career Scope 

The number of job prospects in the field of nursing is very high. ANM and GNM diploma holders have a lot of job prospects. Both of these courses allow you to pursue a career in nursing. Following the completion of the ANM and GNM courses, you will have a variety of higher education and professional possibilities. Nurses can readily find work in both the public and private sectors. They mostly work in government and private hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, orphanages, various industries, sanatoriums, and the military. They can also work as a nursing tutor, ICU nurse, or infection control nurse in educational institutions. You will be registered with a State Nurse Registration Council after completing these courses. Students who have completed their ANM degree are eligible to enroll in a GNM (General Nursing and Midwifery) program. You can also pursue higher education or a career in a similar field. Students with an ANM diploma can work as Community Health Workers, Home Nurses, Health Visitors, Basic Health Workers, and Rural Health Workers. Students with a GNM diploma can work as staff nurses, home nurses, health visitors, and community health workers. Graduates of ANM and GNM programs have a lot of opportunities both in India and abroad. 


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