The school came into being in 1971 with Mrs Harts Field as the first Principal of the school of Nursing (1971 - 1979) while Hajiya Balaraba budah became the first Pricipal School of Midwifery (1972 - 1988). The school was first situated within the premises of the present Specialist Hospital, Sokoto. It moved to its present beatiful site in 1981. The college covers an area of approximately 16,972 square metres. The school was granted provisional approval for the training of Nurses and Midwives in 1979, by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria. In Jannuary 1993, the Executive Governor of Sokoto State Malam Yahaya Abdulkarim wrote his name in gold in the annuals of the history of Nursing in Nigeria, when he signed into law, Bill No 12 of the Sokoto State House of Assembly. The Law elevated the School above every other School of Nuring and Midwifery, as the first autonomous School in the country, with Alh. Bello Balarabe as the first Executive Director of the School (1993 - 1994). As the law states that there shall be in the state, two school to be known as the School of Nursing and School of Midwifery which shall be a corporate body having perpetual succession and common seal with power to sue and be sued in its corporate name.

Bill No. 12 of 1993 was repeated by Bill No. 7 of 2010 of the Sokoto State House of Assembly which further uplifts the status of the School to a degree awarding institution to be known as "College of Nursing Science" The bill was signed into law on 7th November 2010, by His Excellency the Executive Governor of Sokoto State Alh. Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko (Sarkin Yamma Sokoto) in which Mal. Abdullahi Muhammed Sokoto was appointed as the first Provost of the College.

The Governing Council is the highest authority of the college.

The Chief Executive Officer is the Provost, who is incharge of the day to day running of the College.


Maintaining professional excellence in Nursing Education and practice.


To produce graduates that are competent and employable anywhere.

To provide avenues for continuing education in Nursing and Midwifery.

To provide courses of study, training and research in general Nursing and Midwifery, leading to the award of Registered Nursing/Midwifery Certificate.