Diploma Kenya Registered Nursing (KRN) - CICELY MCDONELL COLLEGE OF HEALTH SCIENCES | Educartis

KSh197000 Per year

3 years
On Campus


Course Overview

This three year diploma helps prepare students for what is extremely rewarding work in the field of nursing. Through a combination of theoretical learning and essential work experience, participants will cultivate their desire to help others, while learning how to communicate and work effectively with patients and other professionals. Taken on-campus at the Cicely McDonell College of Health Sciences, this programme focuses on key topics such as health and wellness, workplace safety, and patient confidentiality, to create graduates who can practice effectively within medical surgical, paediatric, mental health, obstetric, and emergency units. 

If you want to help sick and injured patients, have the opportunity to work in a variety of settings, and guide families through what can be a very difficult time, then pursing this career path is an excellent way to make that happen. Not only is there a great demand for skilled and professional nurses in Kenya at the moment, but this is also a job that is well-paid, flexible, and extremely emotionally rewarding. If this sounds like the right path for you, then this diploma will enhance your professional attitude, interpersonal skills, and knowledge to give you a much needed head-start in this highly competitive field. 

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How This Course Will Benefit Your Career

At the end of this programme, students will be able to: 

  • Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of this profession, as well as how to effectively deliver quality healthcare.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking in the delivery of specific services.
  • Provide holistic care to support the healthcare needs of clients in all age groups and health conditions.
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills in a variety of healthcare settings.
  • Practise in a safe and culturally competent manner.

Certification obtained

Upon successful completion the candidates will be awarded:

  • A College Diploma in Kenya Registered Nursing.
  • Nursing Council of Kenya Licensing

What jobs will I qualify for?

This programme will equip students with the skills needed for careers such as: 

  • Nurse
  • Medical Officer 
  • Nurse Anesthetist
  • Family Nurse Practitioner

When do I start?

Next available course

Admission Criteria

The minimum requirements to apply for this programme are: 

  • KCSE Mean Grade C in Biology, Kiswahili/English and C- in Mathematics/Chemistry/Physics 
  • The candidate must pass an interview 

How do I apply?

To apply for this programme, students must provide a: 

  • Completed application form which can be dowloaded or collected from the Cicely McDonell College of Health Sciences. 
  • Non-refundable application fee of 1,300 KES 
  • Copy of the KCSE/KCE Certificate(s) or result slip 
  • Copy of National ID/Passport 

Payment options

The tuition fee for this course is 197,000 KES per year.

  • Accommodation is available on request (8,000 KES/month) 
  • Meals are available at a subsidised price at the staff cafeteria 

Detailed course information

This programme is taken on-campus at the Cicely McDonell College of Health Sciences. The course outline is as follows: 

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Medical/Surgical/Pediatrics Nursing
  • Pharmacology
  • Reproductive Health
  • Community Health
  • Mental Health
  • Research
  • Leadership and Management. 
  • Practicum 

Where and When


Cicely McDonell College of Health Sciences

The Nairobi Hospital, Anderson Centre, 6th Floor, Argwings Khodek Rd, Nairobi , Nairobi, Kenya


Cicely McDonell College of Health Sciences

The Nairobi Hospital, Anderson Centre, 6th Floor, Argwings Khodek Rd, Nairobi , Nairobi, Kenya

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