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    Diploma in Nursing Care Assistant

    About Diploma in Nursing Care Assistant

    Diploma in Nursing Care Assistant (DNCA) is a 2-year diploma course in which one gets to learn about nursing assistant/aide skills and knowledge. During the course work, students also learn about topics such as Fundamentals of Nursing, Community Diseases, Medical-Surgical Operations etc. Nursing care assistants are also known as nurse aides. They work alongside or under the supervision of qualified nurses (RNs) and Doctors. There is a huge demand for Diploma in Nursing Assistant professionals in sectors such as Nursing Homes, Medical Writing, Administration, Health Care Centres, Educational institutes, etc.

    Diploma in Nursing Care Assistant Course Highlights

    The major highlights of the Diploma in Nursing Care Assistant are shown follows:

    Level of Programme

    Diploma Level

    Short Name


    Duration of Course


    Minimum Qualification

    Passed in Class 10th

    Admission Process

    Merit/ Entrance Exam

    Course Type


    Course Fee

    INR 1,500 to INR 1,50,000/-

    Starting Salary

    INR 2 LPA to INR 3.5 LPA

    Diploma in Nursing Care Assistant Eligibility Criteria

    The eligibility for the Diploma in Nursing Care Assistant is as follows:

    • To be eligible for DNCA course, candidates must have completed class 10th or its equivalent from a recognised board in India.

    Diploma in Nursing Care Assistant Admission Process

    Each nursing aspirant will be required to participate in the individual admission processes defined specifically by the nursing colleges, in accordance with the regulations laid down by the Indian Nursing Council. For the course, there are two commonly accepted admission processes which are either direct admissions to the courses or merit-based admissions. Admissions to the Diploma in Nursing Care Assistant course is usually conducted between April to June every year, in India.

    Check out the steps and processes included under a Diploma in Nursing Care assistant Admission Process.

    Merit-Based Admissions

    • After submission of the application forms for the Diploma in Nursing Care Assistant course, candidates will be asked to participate in the respective admission processes of the concerned college.

    • Under, merit-based admissions, individual colleges will release merit lists after all the application forms have been received, within the stipulated date and time.

    • As per the admission policies of the individual colleges, the candidates may be asked to sit for a written test or personal interview.

    • However, in most cases, admissions will be offered to candidates as per the merit lists released by the colleges. Only a few colleges require candidates to appear for written tests or personal interviews.

    Direct Admissions

    • As the name suggests, candidates will be asked to apply to the nursing college offering the course.

    • One the application form and the application fee has been paid, candidates will be offered admissions to the course. They will not be required to clear any other selection parameters to take admission into the course.

    Note: Each college offering the course will define individual requirements. Therefore, all candidates are advised to go through the admission guidelines of the college of your choice.

    Diploma in Nursing Care Assistant Course Fee

    The average course fee for Diploma in Nursing Care Assistant varies from college to college. The average course fee for DNCA in both Government and Private colleges is as follows:

    Institute Type

    Minimum Annual Fee

    Maximum Annual Fee

    Government or Public College

    Rs 1,500/- 

    Rs 35,000/- 

    Private College

    Rs 45,000 

    Rs 1,50,000/-

    Diploma in Nursing Care Assistant Syllabus

    The semester-wise syllabus of Diploma in Nursing Care Assistant course is as follows:


    Major Topics to study

    1st and 2nd Semester

    Introduction to Nursing

    Introduction to Pharmacology

    Basic Human Sciences- Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology

    Community Health Nursing

    First Aid


    Computer Application

    Communicative English

    3rd and 4th Semester

    Pediatric Nursing


    Personal Hygiene


    Principles of Epidemiology and Epidemiological Methods

    Ward Management

    Gynecological Nursing

    Family Health Nursing care

    Diploma in Nursing Care Assistant Career Options and Job Prospects

    Some of the popular employment sectors and job profiles for candidates who have completed a Diploma in Nursing Care Assistant is as follows:


    Employment  Sectors

    • Private and Government Hospitals

    • Nursing Homes

    • NGOs

    • Healthcare Systems Clinics and

    • Community Health Centers (CHCs)


    Job Profiles

    • Emergency Nurses

    • Community Health Nurse

    • Nursing In- Charge

    • Infection Control Nurse

    Average Salary

    Rs 1,00,000/- to Rs 2,40,000/- LPA

    FAQs about DNCA

    Is there any age requirement for the Diploma in Nursing Care Assistant course?

    The minimum age requirement to apply for the Diploma in Nursing Care Assistant course is at least 16 to 17 years. 


    Where do passouts from a Diploma in Nursing Care Assistant course get jobs?

    The passouts from a Diploma in Nursing Care Assistant course get jobs in private and government hospitals, nursing homes, emergency care clinics, old age homes, NGOs and so on.


    What is the minimum educational qualification for a Diploma in Nursing Care Assistant course?

    The minimum educational qualification for a Diploma in Nursing Care Assistant course is that the candidate has to pass Class 10 from a recognised Board of Education. 


    What is the starting salary for someone who has completed the Diploma in Nursing Care Assistant course?

    The starting salary for someone who has completed the Diploma in Nursing Care Assistant course is in the range of Rs. 2,00,000 per annum to Rs. 3,50,000 per annum. 


    What kind of fees is involved in a Diploma in Nursing Care Assistant course?

    The average fees for Diploma in Nursing Care Assistant courses range between Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 80,000. 


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    Related Questions


    Samiksha Rautela, Student / Alumni

    After completing a Diploma, an aspirant will get a bundle of placement opportunities at NLSIU Bangalore. Top recruiters such as L&L Partners, AZB & Partners and KPMG will hire the deserving candidates. Go through the Placements at NLSIU Bangalore to find out more about it.

    In case of admission related enquiry, do not hesitate to reach out to our admission experts by simply dialling the toll-free number 1800-572-9877 (toll-free) or filling-up the Common Application Form. For more questions, write back to us in the QnA zone.

    Thank You


    Navneet, Student / Alumni

    As an alumnus of LPU, I had many friends who did fashion designing and are own working with top brands. LPU has faculty from premier design institutes to sharpen design visualization and execution. Labs and equipment to simulate the industry environment with practical exposure to the fashion industry right from design to merchandising. Option of specialization in Design or Technology. Quality learning has created skilled professionals that are recruit-able much before they graduate.There are 15+ global brands for placement and training,16+ labs to stimulate industry environment and 20+ lifestyle products created every year. School of design alumni are working in best design houses like Anshul Rajwansh (Delhi), Archana Kochhar (Mumbai), Sabeena Bani Ahuja (singapore), Aslam Khan (Delhi), Pam Mehta (Delhi). Companies like H&M, Raymond’s, Tommy Hilfiger, Gini & Jony, Shahi export, Orient Craft selected LPU students. LPU is also a hot ground for fashion start ups Some names include Nidhi & Ankita brand name “Akhyan”, Sumandeep handa brand name “SumanHanda Design ”, Abhishek Harshbardhan brand name “Harshbardhan”, Aditi Brand name “Pankh”, Tanvi Bansal “Modian Designer House” In Academics students do experimental design and production. Students are exposed to fashion shows, craft fairs, industry internships and craft documentation. Intensive exposure to practical work in Pattern making, Draping, Weaving, Printing, Dyeing, Garment Construction labs. Students are given various Live-projects during the course of the program to create commercially viable designs.

    Rahul Raj, Student / Alumni

    Dear Student,

    The minimum age required to pursue Diploma in Nursing Care Assistant is 16-17 years. Apart from this, there is no age restriction to learn Diploma in Nursing Care Assistant in India.

    Here are some of the bestDiploma in Nursing Care Assistant (DNCA) colleges in India that you can have a look at and apply to by simply filling out the Common Application Form.

    Thank you

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