According to the syllabus for the Degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing which was approved in 1991, the course is supposed to develop a liberally educated and self -directing individuals. Such individuals should be prepared to provide leadership in Nursing practice, Nursing Administration, Nursing Education, Research and Publication in their chosen area of specialization. Such individuals should be able to function effectively in a variety of settings, where the sick are cared for and where the health of individuals, families and communities is maintained and promoted.

Goal of the Programme

The goal of the programme is to equip the nurse with knowledge, attitude, skills and competencies that will prepare them to be clinical nurse practitioners, educators, and researchers who are also capable of performing mid-level management in nursing educational and health care delivery institutions.

1.5 Expected Learning outcomes of the Programme

At the end of the programme, the learner should be able to:

  1. Apply the nursing process in management of individuals, families and communities experiencing or at risk of conditions and  diseases
  2. Appraise communication skills for efficacy in patient care
  3. Apply ethical and legal frameworks, theories and  professional values of the discipline of nursing  in patient and client care
  4. Model critical thinking within the practice of safe professional holistic nursing care
  5. Demonstrate utilization, integration and application of knowledge generated through research as evidence in nursing practice
  6. Employ coordination skills to coordinate  multidisciplinary teams for quality patient care
  7. Demonstrate ability to promote health through education, risk reduction, and disease prevention.
  8. Generate and disseminate knowledge for nursing care
  9. Develop personal goals for continued professional development, self-care, and lifelong learning


1. To prepare nurse clinicians, educators, administrators and researchers capable of providing leadership in different fields of nursing.

2. To provide the learner with a basis for developing scientific knowledge, skills and techniques which facilitate in-depth understanding of both current and emerging issues related to nursing practice and health care delivery system in general.

3. implement mentorship programs to develop students with moral values and a sense of responsibility for better citizenship.

Philosophy of the programme:

The Department of Nursing Sciences (DONS) subscribes to the University of Nairobi’s philosophy of connecting and inspiring the Kenyan community, providing leadership and stewardship and giving hope for Kenyan society so that it can excel in whatever it chooses to do with passion, moral responsibility and a strong sense of patriotism.

The department believes that education for nurses is best achieved under auspices of higher educational institutions which account for teaching, research, and community services. These beliefs serve as a basis for empowering individuals, families, and communities to participate in their own health.

The Department l of Nursing believes that human beings are uniquely composed of functional subsystems. The individuals have inter and intra-environmental interactive processes that are dynamic and therefore social support systems are critical in maintenance of health and wellbeing.

Nursing as critical facet of health care systems, undertake training and capacity building for Kenyans to turn them into   professionals who contribute solutions to communities’ public health challenges with passion. Learning in Nursing is an individualized, continuous active and interactive process with responsibility, accountability and opportunities for life-long learning   

Rationale of the Programme:

Globally, WHO (2017), is concerned that the current shortage of nurses is likely to worsen by 2030 in the African regions including Kenya if the current trends are not addressed. The Director-General of WHO asserts that nurses and midwives form more than half of the current shortfall of health workers needed to deliver and sustain universal health coverage by 2030 (Crisp, Brownie, & Refsum, 2018).Additionally, a recent report of 2020 of Eastern, Central and Southern African (ECSA) regions health labour analysis observes that the current acute shortage of nurses being experienced can only be addressed by an increase of more than 50% supply.

In Kenya, data on health workforce(Miseda et al ,2017; Ministry of Health [MOH], 2015 ; Wakaba et al ,2014),have consistently reported about the shortage of nurses that is jeopardizing delivery of health care services in Kenya. The data on health workforce is supported by County Directors of Health who confirmed that BScNs and clinical nurse are in short supply by 60% and 95% respectively (Miseda,   Were,   Murianki,   Mutuku,   and Mutwiwa, 2017).This dire shortage of nurses constrains achievement of Universal Health Coverage and health –related UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).WHO urges Governments and institutions to heavily and aggressively invest in the training of nurses.



  • The curriculum for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree shall extend over a period of not less than 4 levels of 165 weeks. Except in special cases approved by the Senate on recommendation of the Faculty Board and the College Academic Board, all candidates shall enroll in each level for all subjects of that level.

  • If a candidate is unable to continue with studies for any reason acceptable to the University Senate, he or she may be allowed to take time of or to register for fewer units within the level of study provided that his/her stay in the University does not exceed 6 (six) calendar years.

  • All nursing courses shall include intensive experience in both theory and practice.


Face-Face Mode

The methods of instruction shall be interactive lectures, class presentations, seminars, tutorials, case studies, supervised clinical practice, clinical case presentations, simulations, student teacher consultations, group work, supervised teaching practice, supervised independent study, individual research projects and guest speakers.

Open, Distance, and E-Learning (ODeL)

The Open, Distance, and e-Learning Programme will involve the use of;

  • Multi-media approaches.
  • E-learning materials are provided on the E-learning platform in accordance with online learner management systems (LMS) guidelines.
  • Applications (Apps) are downloadable on various electronic devices.
  • Face-to-face delivery mode which shall not exceed one-third of the instructional time
  • Learner support services including academic and technical support and guidance and counseling on the use of multimedia approaches.

Admission Requirements:

  • Candidates for admission must obtain the prescribed minimum grades in K.C.S.E. in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and English or Kiswahili, or the following:

  • Biological Sciences, Physical Science, Mathematics, English or Kiswahili and one subject from group two of K.C.S.E.

  • Alternatively, admission may be granted to outstanding diploma holders from recognised Nursing Colleges. Such candidates must: Hold a diploma with credit or distinction from such Colleges.

  • Be supported in their application by a statement from the principal of that college to the effect that their performance in the diploma course was exceptionally good and that their understanding of basic sciences is such that they will be able to benefit from a degree course.

  • Any candidates currently employed shall have their application supported by a statement from their employer.

Schedule Of Intake:

The program intake is done every September or as dictated by the Ministry of Education Calender.

There is continuous enrollment under  Module 2 (Self-Sponsored Program).

Application Information:

Please click on the link below to see the application procedures

Application procedures

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NOTE: All applicants for BSc Nursing including the upgrading applicants to apply under H32 - BSc Nursing.


Department of Nursing Sciences 

020 491 5009

020 491 5077

Career Prospects

The uniqueness of nursing profession is that it is diverse with many potential career progression pathways to choose from. Understanding the different career progression pathways can help potential students find their best fit. Upon graduation, the BScN graduate enters the public service job market at the level preserved for the group known as “professional degrees” .the BScN takes internship for one year after which he/she is expected to sit for and pass the nursing council of Kenya licensing examinations. The BScN can practice in any of the following capacities:

 1. Clinical Nurse practitioner: In this role the nurse functions within a multidisciplinary team to apply nursing process to clients as individuals in the hospitals and clinics, families and communities.

 2. Nurse educator: BScN program prepares nurse educators who undertake teaching practice while in training. This prepares them to teach in the mid-level colleges such as the Kenya medical training colleges.

3. Clinical researcher: BScN are often employed as research nurses where they coordinate research activities or oversee care of research participants while working as participant’s advocates defending their rights during research while at the same time ensuring quality of data.

 4. Care coordinator: BScN graduates in care coordination capacity are first line managers who are responsible for coordinating client care within the multidisciplinary team to ensure efficiency and patient safety.

5. Family Health Nurse: The BScN graduate conducts home visits and takes care of the individuals within the family. The graduate also assesses the family development cycle and applies the Nursing Process to the family.

 6. Community health nurse: Focuses on the community as the client of care. Interventions are population based

 7. Programme officers and directors: The graduate works in the various Non-Government organizations where they are employed as program officer

Opportunities for educational/academic advancement

· Post graduate Diplomas on various health fields

 · Masters in clinical nursing in any of the following specialties lading to clinical nurse specialist in : o Medical- Surgical nursing o Critical Care Nursing o Oncological nursing o Mental health & Psychiatric nursing o Obstetric Nursing and Midwifery o Renal nursing o Community Health nursing

· Masters in Multidisciplinary courses in any field such as: o Master of Science in med. Microbiology o Master of Public health o Master of health systems management o Master of medical education/health professional education o Master of science in Bioethics and human rights

· Master in nurse practitioner in various specialties such as family health, pediatrics, etc.

 · Nursing fellowship in any of the sub-specialty areas in which the nurse has Masters in .For example o Cardiothoracic nurse, neuroscience nurse, endocrinology nurse,etc

· PhD in Nursing,DNP and DNSc,DSc Opportunities for employment advancement

 · Clinical Nursing:- Clinical nurse practitioner to clinical nurse consultant

· Nurse manager: From the ward to hospital manger to Administrator at national level

· Designations- from nursing officer to senior nursing Officer to Director Nursing services.

· In addition, the nurse can advance along the multidisciplinary administrative roles to CEO of various health industries. For details please log onto scheme of service for nurses in Kenya in the link below


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       Semester 1 
Course Code  Course    Hours   
HNS101  Human Anatomy       315.00         76,881.36
HNS102  Medical Physiology       225.00         54,915.25
HNS103  Biochemistry       225.00         54,915.25
HNS 104   Nutrition and Health          90.00         21,966.10
HNS105  Fundamentals of Nursing       270.00         65,898.31
HNS106  Psychology          67.50         16,474.58
HNS107  Community Health          45.00         10,983.05
CSO101   Sociology          45.00         10,983.05
CSO102  Anthropology          45.00         10,983.05
      1,327.50       324,000.00
TUITION                324,000
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)                     6,500
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)                     9,000
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)                     1,000
CAUTION - (ONCE)                     5,000
LIBRARY (PER YEAR)                     4,000
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)                     4,500
ID CARD ( PER YEAR)                     1,000
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR)                     7,000
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)                     2,000
Semester 1                202,000
Semester 2                162,000
Total-Year 1 Nursing Fees                 364,000
Bachelor of Science-Nursing-Year 2      
Course Code  Course    Hours   Unit Cost 
HNS 201  Reproductive Anatomy and Pysiology          67.50               18,000
HNS202  Medical Microbiology and Parasitology        135.00               36,000
HNS203   Clinical Chemistry           22.50                 6,000
HNS 204  Heamatology           45.00               12,000
HNS205  Medical Surgical Nursing I       450.00            120,000
HNS206  Clinical Pharmacology & Pharmacotherapeutics        180.00               48,000
HNS207  Biostatistics           45.00               12,000
HNS208  Family Health  Nursing       225.00               60,000
HNS209  Immunology          45.00               12,000
      1,215.00            324,000
TUITION                324,000
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)                     6,500
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)                     9,000
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)                     1,000
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)                     2,000
LIBRARY (PER YEAR)                     4,000
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)                     4,500
ID CARD ( PER YEAR)                     1,000
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR)                     7,000
Semester 1                197,000
Semester 2                162,000
Total-Year 2 Nursing Fees                 359,000
Bachelor of Science-Nursing-Year3      
Course Code  Course    Hours   Unit Cost 
HNS301  Educational Communication and Technology          67.50         12,461.54
HNS302  Medical Surgincal Nursing II       360.00         66,461.54
HNS303  Peadiatric Nursing        180.00         33,230.77
HNS304  Community Heatlh Nursing       270.00         49,846.15
HNS305  Mental Health & Psychaitric Nursing       225.00         41,538.46
HNS306  Obstetric/Midwifery & Gynocological Nursing       540.00         99,692.31
HNS307  Research Methodology           45.00           8,307.69
HNS 308  Educational Psychology          67.50         12,461.54
      1,755.00       324,000.00
TUITION                324,000
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)                     6,500
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)                     8,000
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)                     1,000
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)                     2,000
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)                     4,500
ID CARD ( PER YEAR)                     1,000
LIBRARY (PER YEAR)                     4,000
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR)                     7,000
Semester 1                196,000
Semester 2                162,000
Total-Year 3 Nursing Fees                 358,000
Bachelor of Science-Nursing-Year4      
Course Code  Course    Hours   
HNS401  Medical Surgical Nursing III       540.00            129,600
HNS402  Management and Admin of Nursing Services        270.00               64,800
HNS403  Curriculum & Instruciton  in Nursing       270.00               64,800
HNS 404  Research Project           90.00               21,600
HNS405  Community Health Nursing II       180.00               43,200
      1,350.00            324,000
TUITION                324,000
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)                     6,500
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)                     5,000
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)                     1,000
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)                     2,000
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)                     4,500
ID CARD ( PER YEAR)                     1,000
LIBRARY (PER YEAR)                     4,000
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR)                     7,000
Semester 1                193,000
Semester 2                162,000
Total-Year 4 Nursing Fees                 355,000
Totals             1,436,000

NOTE: The above fees is applicable to both local and international students. 

Exam Regulations

1. Candidates are required to attend all prescribed courses.

2. No candidate shall be allowed to sit for any examination unless he/she has satisfactorily completed the prescribed courses.

3. University examinations will comprise of written papers, practicals, oral and/or clinical examinations.

4. The final written examinations shall constitute 70 per cent and continuous assessment test will constitute 30 per cent in courses taken.

5. A separate clinical evaluation grade is given for all courses with a clinical component.

6. A candidate shall be required to pass in all courses taken during any year.

7. The pass mark will be 50 per cent per paper for all subjects taken at the Faculty of Medicine and relevant pass mark for courses taken in other faculties.

8. A candidate shall be required to pass in all subjects for each level provided that a candidate who is permitted to transfer credit(s) from another University shall be considered to have attained a pass standard in the respective subjects.

9. A candidate who fails in one subject within a level may be eligible for compensation in the failed subject provided that:

  • His/her progressive assessment for that particular course is above 50%.
  • The score on the failed subject does not fall below 46%.

10. Each mark in the failed subject will be compensated by a loss of two marks from highest passed subject up to a maximum of 8 marks.

11. A candidate who fails in three subjects shall, on the recommendation of the Board of Examiners and the approval of Senate be required to repeat the failed subjects and examination(s) of that level provided that shall pay the prescribed fee for the respective subject(s).

12. A candidate who fails in one or two subjects shall on the recommendation of the Board of Examiners and approval of Senate be permitted to sit for supplementary examination(s), provided the candidate pays the prescribed fees.

13. A candidate who repeats any subject(s) in any level and examination (s) and fails to attain a pass standard or fails a supplementary examination shall on the recommendation of the Board of Examiners and approval by Senate be discontinued.

14. A candidate who fails to sit for examination on medical grounds will on production of evidence be allowed to sit for a special examination.

15. A candidate who fails to satisfy the requirements for any part of their clinical practice will be required to repeat part of the clinical practice.

  • 75% - 100% - Distinction

  • 65% - 74% - Credit

  • 50% - 64% - Pass

  • 49% - and below - Fail

16. No candidate shall be allowed to repeat any subject in a level on academic grounds, more than once.

17. A candidate who passes all prescribed subjects shall, on the recommendation of the Board of Examiners and approval of Senate be allowed to proceed to the following level.