Welcome to the webpage of the Department of Nursing at the Faculty of Health Sciences, OUSL

The Department of Nursing offers high-quality Degree programmes in Nursing in a vibrant and supportive learning environment to prepare nurses for a rewarding career in health care. In congruence with the principles of Open and Distance Learning (ODL) mode, the Department of Nursing is committed to foster student-faculty interaction and lifelong learning, facilitating nurses’ professional and personal development. To facilitate the learning environment further, academic activities of degree programmes have been decentralized to almost all Regional Centres of the Open University of Sri Lanka. Thus, nurses who are employed in any part of the island can create their own learning pace in accordance with their individual learning styles and needs.


Bachelor of Science Honours in Nursing  [BSc (Hons) in Nursing] degree program was launched in July 1994 in response to the request made by the Ministry of Health as of its first kind in the country.  This programme is designed to develop broad knowledge base needed by professional nurses to cater to the diverse and complex health care needs of the emerging society in a rapidly changing global community. With recent revisions, the BSc (Hons) in Nursing degree programme has been tailored to suit global nursing trends and individual career aspirations of nurses.

Similar to the BSc (Hons) in Nursing in Nursing degree, the Department of Nursing is ready to offer a Master of Science in Nursing  (MSc in Nursing) degree in year 2022 for registered nurses in the country as of its first kind in a state university in Sri Lanka. With the introduction of MSc in Nursing degree programme, the department is keen to fill the gap that has been created due to the unavailability of nursing postgraduate programmes in the Sri Lankan national university system.

We, as the Department of Nursing, are confident that you will have a wonderful learning experience at the OUSL, and the skills you gain from your studies will make a significant impact on the healthcare system.

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