Your timetable will be divided into lectures, tutorials and practical classes. In the first half of the year you will spend around six hours a week in lectures, which focus on the course’s core papers the rest of the year will be based on practical clinical rotations in the Renal Unit of Kenyatta National Hospital

Most tutorials, classes, and lectures are delivered by staff who are tutors in their subject. Many are world-leading experts with years of experience in teaching and research. Some teaching may also be delivered by postgraduate students who are usually studying at doctorate level.

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.

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.


Department of Nursing Sciences 


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Diploma in Nursing (KRN/M, KRCHN). The candidate must be registrable by a professional body of Nursing.


Holders of Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of Nairobi or an equivalent qualification approved by Senate.  The applicants should be registrable by a professional body of Nursing


Must have a minimum of Two years of Nursing practice experience


 At least C plain at KCSE or equivalent Equivalent qualifications from the four East Africa Community Countries including Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi and Rwanda shall be considered


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

Basic Renal Nurse

Over the past 30 years, nephrology nursing has evolved into a specialty that requires both technical skills, as well as clinical expertise in treating patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD).  The demand for nephrology nurses will continue to grow as the number of patients diagnosed with CKD is expected to reach over one million by the year 2015.


Dialysis is a task performed by nurses who work in nephrology, the specialty related to the kidneys and urinary tract. Dialysis nurses may perform dialysis in either a hospital or a dialysis center, but those who provide the service in hospitals are typically still employed by a dialysis center due to the specialized nature of the care. Acute care can encompass general medical-surgical care in the hospital or critical care.

As registered nurses, nephrology nurses begin their career with a decision about basic nursing education, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Their options are an associate's degree, a nursing diploma from a hospital-based school of nursing, or a bachelor’s degree. All of these meet the criteria for the NCLEX-RN national nursing exam. If she plans on becoming certified in nephrology nursing, however, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, or BSN, is the best choice, as she cannot sit for the exam unless she has a BSN.

Once the RN is licensed, she must apply for her first nursing position and gain some experience. Nephrology nursing includes many components of critical care nursing; a nurse who wants to specialize in this field should have several years of nursing experience, including critical care experience, before she applies to a dialysis center. If she has a BSN degree, 30 hours of continuing education in nephrology within three years of submitting her application, and at least 3,000 hours oF nephrology exercise, she can sit for the certified nephrology nurse exam.

The nephrology nurse who performs dialysis in an acute care setting performs the same tasks as she would in a dialysis center, beginning with a patient assessment and plan of care. She will connect the patient to the dialysis machine, provide patient teaching, administer medications and manage the dialysis process. One difference between dialysis center care and acute care is that some patients can be taught how to manage their dialysis if they are using peritoneal dialysis. Peritoneal dialysis does not require a machine. Acute care patients, however, are often too ill to learn how to perform this process.

Nephrology nurses who want to advance in their careers have the option to go into management or to become advanced practice nurses who specialize in nephrology and dialysis, according to a fall 2005 article in “Minority Nurse.” Some nephrology nurses become researchers in the field, or specialize in nursing education on the topic of nephrology. Others start their own businesses and offer dialysis in the home or hospital. An advanced degree and certification can be helpful in these endeavors, according to “Minority Nurse.”








TOTAL UNITS - 12UNITS  Semester 1   Semester 2   TOTALS 
TUITION       108,000.00   108,000.00     216,000.00
CAUTION - (ONCE)            5,000.00                    -            5,000.00
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)            6,000.00       6,000.00        12,000.00
ID CARD ( PER YEAR)            1,000.00                    -            1,000.00
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)            2,250.00       2,250.00          4,500.00
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)            2,000.00                    -            2,000.00
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR)            7,000.00                    -            7,000.00
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)            6,500.00                    -            6,500.00
LIBRARY (PER YEAR)            4,000.00                    -            4,000.00
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)            1,000.00            1,000.00
Total-H45       142,750.00   116,250.00     259,000.00

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