Specialty Nursing Programme

The Institute offers two Specialty Diploma programmes in Nursing to meet the growing demand for competent and trained nurses in super specialties. These programmes are:

(i) Diploma in Cardiovascular & Thoracic Nursing

(ii) Diploma in Neuro Nursing.

The programmes are designed to offer advanced education and clinical experience to registered nurses to prepare them as skilled bedside nurses in respective specialties including outpatients, inpatient and intensive care areas and equip them to assume leadership roles in these areas as skilled clinical nursing personnel.


a. GNM or B.Sc. Nursing.

b. For GNM candidates, one year experience as bedside nurse after passing GNM, as on 31st December

c. Professionally registered as a nurse by any recognized State Nursing Council in India or by Nursing Boards approved by the Indian Nursing Council.


35 years (as on 1st January 2015), relaxable by 5 years for qualified Ex-service personnel with a service of not less than 5 years, SC/ST and sponsored candidates. 3 years for OBC candidates.


Selection will be strictly on merit on the basis of percentage of marks obtained in the Common Entrance Examination for Cardiovascular & Thoracic Nursing and Neuro Nursing held by the Institute. The candidates may indicate their preferred choice of the specialty in the application form. The common Entrance Examination will be held in the Institute. Based on seat availability, preference and merit obtained in the Entrance Examination, selection list will be finalized.

Sponsored candidates will also go through the selection process but a separate list of finally selected candidates from those who qualify in the Entrance Examination will be put up.

The minimum pass marks in the objective-type written examination (90 minutes duration: 100 questions) will be 50% for all. Candidates who have qualified in the written examination will be short-listed for practical and interview, the very next day.


Candidates selected will be provided accommodation as per rules and availability.


The training is strictly full-time and continuous. The candidates at the time of admission will be provided with a handbook covering the syllabus, training programme and the examination scheme. They should acquaint themselves with the syllabus prescribed for the course to which they are admitted. They should strictly adhere to the rules and regulations of the Institute.


All students and Senior Residents selected for various programmes are required to execute a bond of service for a duration depending upon the length of the course. Admission will be denied to candidates who fail to join or submit the contract bond by the date stipulated in the letter of selection. Private practice in any form during the pendency of the course is strictly prohibited.


Duties and responsibilities of students and Senior Residents shall be fixed by the Institute from time to time and will include such clinical work as may be essential for patient care and professional training.


The selection will be provisional until the candidate is declared medically fit by a Medical Board appointed by the Institute. The candidate should declare all problems connected with aspects of his/her health and should certify that he/she is fit to undergo the rigorous programme that he/she is joining. The opinion of the Medical Board shall be final.


The session commences on first week of January, every year. Selected candidates will report on this date with all necessary original documents, the verification of which is mandatory for confirmation of admission.

Senior Residents and students will be assessed at the end of six months after admission for their academic ability, desire for training, acquisition of competence, commitment to patient care, interpersonal relationship and so on. Those with low scores will be given a chance to improve in the next three months and, if found unsatisfactory, the candidate's registration in SCTIMST will be terminated.

Attendance on the last working day of the course, normally 31st December, will be compulsory, except in extraordinary situations and for MPH course.


For online applications please visit our Website:www.sctimst.ac.in during 1st September to 15th October

Contact Us

THE REGISTRAR, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Trivandrum-695011 Kerala, India.

Telephone: 91-471-2524150, 2524269 Fax: 91-471-2550728