About us


The desire to contribute in filling the existing gap in the production of nursing manpower nation-wide, worsened by the mass exodus of the existing ones abroad for greener pastures, spurred the Archbishop of Onitsha, His Grace, Most Rev. Valerian Maduka Okeke to conceive the idea of a School of Nursing as part of the expansion programme of St. Charles Borromeo Specialist Hospital, Onitsha.

Briefed on the plan, the government of His Excellency, Mr. Peter Obi, responded positively. Funds and other logistics were put in place. On 19th December 2012, the project site for the school was blessed by the Archbishop (our proprietor) while the foundation laying-stone was done by Governor Mr. Peter Obi.



On the 9th day of May 2015, as part of the grand finale of the Golden Jubilee celebration of the hospital, the edifice housing the College of Nursing Complex was blessed by His Grace Most Rev. Valerian M. Okeke and commissioned by His Excellency, Chief Willie Madaburochukwu Obiano (Akpokue-Dike Global) the then governor of the State.

History was however made on Tuesday 14th November, 2017 during the Debriefing that followed the Accreditation visit on Monday 13th. The Secretary General Alhaji Faruk Umar Abubakar made a landmark statement unprecedented in the history of Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria by verbally pronouncing that ‘the School of Nursing, St. Charles Borromeo Hospital is hereby accredited to admit students for training with immediate effect’ and to matriculate 50 students yearly. However, when the Accreditation Report from the Council came, the status of the school was raised to that of a College making it the first College of Nursing in Anambra State.

Monday, 18th December, 2017 marked a strategic milestone in the history of the College being the day the pioneer student nurses commenced academic studies in this citadel of learning.

Two years later, precisely on 4th December, 2019, Accreditation Team of four representatives from the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria led by Mallam Ndagi AlHassan paid a second accreditation visit to the college. After thorough investigation and appraisal of human and material resources of the College, a Full Accreditation Status was given to the College. The Council also increased the admission quota of the students from fifty to one hundred candidates for matriculation each year.

Ever since the full accreditation status was awarded to the College, her activities have been work in progress. Through a dogged determination of staff and students, the pioneer class (Set 2017 students) was presented for the Nursing and Midwifery Council Final/Professional Qualifying Examination in November, 2020 on completing their three years academic programme. The students all came out successfully measuring 100% in the Nursing Council Examination and are registered to practice. The pioneer set had since graduated and are playing their unique roles in rendering quality care to clients, thus uplifting the health care delivery system in Anambra State in particular and Nigeria generally.

Other set of students are in their different levels of training while parents, guardians and potential nurses are earnestly seeking admission into the college as they describe here as the destination point of nursing education.


Our beautiful ultramodern accommodation for our students; which shelters 2 students per self-contained room, steady availability of light and water, the beautiful scenery in a serene environment is a perfect description of 'A home away from home. ' In addition to providing shelter from the chaotic world, we provide holistic training which includes: academic, spiritual and character formation. Spiritual services are just within the compound, beginning every new day with holy Mass and ending the day with evening prayers. There is no other way to describe the love, comfort and training, if not simply put; A HOME AWAY FROM HOME.

Rev Fr Fidelis C. Nwanze

Administrator, College of Nursing Sciences Onitsha


College of Nursing Sciences, St.Charles Borromeo Specialist Hospital, is a fully accredited institution.

A Full Accreditation Status was given to the College with admission quota of one hundred candidates for matriculation.
Our watchwords include; Finesse, Integrity and Excellence .
During the course of study, students attend clinical postings in different specialties of Nursing, to ensure they gain insight about the totality of health-care delivery.
There are equally programs set up to assist students financially, which sometimes come in form of scholarships.
The college recorded a 100% success in the Council examination since the first set of graduates and has maintained the status quo.

We set the pace and others follow!





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Meet The Team

Rev Fr Dr. Basil Ekwunife

Archdiocesan Vice Chancellor / Health Director

Rev Fr Fidelis C. Nwanze


Mrs. Theresa Aniedu

Provost (AG)

Mr. Okonta Basil

HOD, Nursing

Obi Izuchukwu

Accounts Officer

Mrs. Enebeli, Agnes

Hostel Matron

Join us for a bright career

Nursing is a career that helps you save lives, bring happiness to individuals and their families, and comfort to those in need. From mental healthcare, rehabilitation, to aged care and midwifery, there are many areas where you can make a positive impact.