RCSI Bahrain Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

BSc in Nursing


Welcome to the School of Nursing & Midwifery at the RCSI Bahrain.

The School of Nursing & Midwifery in RSCI Bahrain was formed in 2006 and since then many nurses have graduated from the university. The work of the school includes accreditation, teaching and examination, nursing research, community engagement, developing policies and procedures - all of which contribute to best practice.

The School of Nursing & Midwifery is committed to excellence in teaching, research and community engagement all of which represent the three pillars in RCSI Bahrain's Strategic Plan 2012-17.


All nursing education programmes are accredited by the National University of Ireland (NUI), the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Bahrain, and the Higher Education Council Bahrain. In 2012, following an external departmental review, the National Authority for Qualifications & Quality Assurance of Education and Training (NAQQAET) awarded full confidence to all nursing education programmes at RCSI Bahrain. 

Like the wider university, the School of Nursing & Midwifery is truly international and multicultural. The academic staff includes a combination of senior and early career staff and a dynamic blend of expert local and international staff, who work in accordance with the University's strategy to deliver high quality education, to conduct research and to engage with the local community.

The School also aims to reflect a strong international strategic approach and to enshrine the mandate of the Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office of the World Health Organisation (EMRO), In particular, the school recognises the importance of the mandate to promote strategies to strengthen the capacity of the nursing workforce, that are measured in approach, through action plans for the development of initiatives on scaling up transformative education and training in nursing. Notably the School of Nursing & Midwifery, RCSI has been placed on the WHO EMRO (Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office of the World Health Organisation) Directory for Schools of Nursing and Midwifery.

Our educational activity extends beyond Bahrain and currently we provide our BSc Nursing Bridging education Programme at Saudi Aramco. We are aiming to develop further international collaboration for education and research.

The school has been a strong advocate for nursing and in promoting nursing as a career. Since the first undergraduate nursing programme in 2006 there has been a 150% increase in the number of young Bahraini people entering nursing. The School in recognizing its responsibility to contribute to national and international nursing discourse in Bahrain is working towards setting up a Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau. The formation of the Rufaida Honor Nursing Society http://rufaidahonornursingsociety.com/ is a prelude towards achieving full chapter status.

I commenced the job as Head of the School of Nursing & Midwifery in October 2013 and prior to this I was Head of the School of Nursing & Midwifery at RCSI Dublin. Amongst my priorities for the future is the establishment of specialist post graduate nursing programmes. Setting the foundations for a proactive nursing research agenda is also an important objective. Currently supervision to two PhD students is provided through the School. At all times the priority of the school is to ensure vibrant nursing education and research developments that meet local, regional and international health care needs.

The School currently provides the following education programmes:



Professor Dr Seamus Cowman

PhD, MSc, PG Cert Ed, DiP N (London), RNT, RGN, RPN, FFNMRCSI, FAAN.
Head of School of Nursing & Midwifery