College of Health Sciences


Professor O. Okhiai

Prof. O. Okhiai

Dean, College of Health Sciences

The authority of JABU felt it necessary to introduce Nursing, B.Sc. The reason for this was to contribute their quota to the training of health professionals that could give a comprehensive health care service to Nigerians and the world. This programme was given an approval in the 2019/2020 academic session.

University-based nursing education is internationally and nationally acclaimed as the only educational system that can produce professional nurses. It has been endorsed by the National Universities Commission (NUC) and the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN).

The College of Health Sciences had Professor A.A. Odutuga as its pioneer Dean. In addition, there were academic members of staff, one administrative staff and other non-teaching staff. The college comprises of two departments namely. They are the Department of Nursing Sciences and Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences. The Department of Nursing Sciences started with 75 students and the Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences with 14. There has been a substantial growth and expansion of the college in areas of personnel, laboratories, library, and extensive structural development. At the moment, the  Dean of the college is Professor O. Okhiai. He works with other lecturers, a College Officer, a Librarian, and other secretarial staff. Furnished with a good number of relevant academic books and an operational e-Library, the College of Health Sciences library has an adequate sitting capacity. Facilities in the Department of Nursing Sciences include well equipped midwifery laboratory, public health laboratory, and medical surgery. Laboratories in the Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences include hematology and blood transfusion science laboratory, chemical pathology laboratory, and histopathology laboratory. Other facilities at the college include  standard and well-furnished offices for lecturers and non-teaching staff, conducive classrooms, and air conditioning.


The philosophy of the Nursing degree is hinged on the belief that man is a biopsychosocial being and his needs are the focus of all nursing activities in its efforts towards achieving a high level of wellness. The philosophy of the department of Nursing Science of the College of Health Sciences is in consonance with the philosophy of education, healthcare, and nursing in Nigeria. They are

  • The Department of Nursing believes that preparation of professional nursing should consist of liberal and professional education leading to a Bachelor’s degree and should take place within a university. Such a nursing programme should be an integral part of the university education programme, utilising, and supporting all facilities and activities of the institution.
  • The nursing profession believes that man is a biological, spiritual, social, and psychological individual unit whose needs are an inherent part of his nature and are therefore affected by factors within his environment.
  • It is believed that nursing is primarily concerned with human life. The quality of the health of the individual, family, group, or community is affected by nursing professionals available. Nursing is directed towards the achievement of better health and consequently as a professional practice. It must also be firmly based on knowledge derived from biological, physical and behavioral sciences relevant to the understanding of human nature.
  • The department believes that a health team in which the individual, the family and community play significant roles is the most effective approach to promotion, maintenance, and restoration of health.
  • Professional nursing education built upon the theoretical base that seeks to develop continually self-directed practitioners who will advance and test knowledge on which practice is based.


To produce a new breed of nurses and medical laboratory scientists that would recognise and apply basic sciences as tools to foster growth of knowledge for the advancement of the society.


To produce knowledgeable students with solid foundation in health sciences. To further improve the global health sector to solve its emerging health challenges. To train nurses who can function as professionals in caring for clients in a number of ways.

Goals and Objectives

College of Health Sciences Undergraduate Programmes

Medical Laboratory Science

Medical Laboratory Sciences | Bachelor of Science

Be trained as a Medical Laboratory Scientist


Nursing | Bachelor of Science

Be trained to meet the academic and professional requirements in becoming a professional nurse