Bachelor of Science (Nursing) in Kenyatta University

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My sister joined Kenyatta University in 2016 to pursue a Nursing Degree.

However, the biggest problem she faced was the unavailability of relevant information online. Information like the admission requirements, fee structure, cluster points, intake dates, and co.

That is why I decided to write this comprehensive post regarding the Nursing Requirements at Kenyatta University so that comrades like you would get all the information you need in one place.

Nursing at Kenyatta University is offered on several levels: both undergraduate and postgraduate as explored below.

Certificate in Nursing Kenyatta University

Unfortunately, Kenyatta University does not offer a Certificate in Nursing. You can pursue it in KMTC and other training colleges but it is not currently offered by KU. It is not clear whether Kenyatta University Administration will introduce it in the coming years.

Related: How to Apply for KMTC Admission

If you scored grade D, D+ or C- in KCSE, you can explore other marketable certificate courses offered in Kenyatta University here.

Diploma in Nursing Kenyatta University Requirements

Just like the Certificate, Kenyatta University also does not offer a Diploma in Nursing.

However, KU offers a chance to those students who want to upgrade their nursing diplomas to a degree. We will explore this in the next subsection.

Bachelor of Nursing at Kenyatta University

The Bachelor of Science (Nursing and Public Health) is a four-year program in Kenyatta University that trains students to be qualified nurses in public and private hospitals. The program is fully accredited by the Nursing Council of Kenya (NCK).

The program consists of lectures, practicals, fieldwork, and clinical experience internships.

The requirement for doing this course is as follows:

  • At least a mean grade of C+ in KCSE
  • The following subjects are considered: C+ in Biology, C+ in Chemistry, C+ in either Mathematics or Physics and lastly C+ in either English or Kiswahili.
  • Holders of a Diploma in Nursing from a recognized institution are also accepted into the program. These students should have scored at least C plain in KCSE. To be accepted into the BSc. Nursing and Public Health, holders of Diploma in Nursing should have practiced for at least two years, or be ready for a one-year internship upon completion of their degree program.

This program is offered in two modes of study:

1. The Regular Mode

This is offered in 12 Semesters (which is equivalent to Four Academic Years) for direct entry into the Bachelor’s program. Graduates of this direct entry regular mode proceed to a one-year internship upon completion of their programs.

2. School-Based Program / Upgrading Nursing diploma to a degree in Kenyatta University

BSc. Nursing (School-Based program) is for students upgrading their diploma to a degree in Nursing. It is done in two and a half Academic Years and is subdivided into 8 sessions.

Units to be Taken

To be considered eligible for graduation, a student must take and pass at least 94 units as stated below.


First Semester Units

HSU 100: Basic Life Support & Emergency Care
HNS 100: Cell Biology & General Genetics
HNS 101: Human Anatomy I

HNS 102: Human Anatomy II

HNS 103: Human Physiology I

HNS 104: Human Physiology II
HNS 105: Embryology I

HNS 106: Embryology II
HNS 107: Medical Biochemistry I

HNS 108: Medical Biochemistry II

HNS 109: Medical Microbiology I

HNS 110: Medical Microbiology II
HNS 111: Fundamentals of Nursing Practice I

HNS 112: Fundamentals of Nursing Practice II

Second Semester Units

HNS 113: Fundamentals of Nursing Practice III
HNS 114: Fundamentals of Nursing Practice IV
HNS 115: Community Health Nursing I

HNS 116: Community Health Nursing II
HNS 117: Medical Biochemistry III

HNS 118: Medical Biochemistry IV
HNS 119: Reproductive Health & Safe Motherhood I

HNS 120: Reproductive Health & Safe Motherhood II
HNS 121: Human Physiology III

HNS 122: Human Physiology IV
HNS 123: Advanced Human Physiology V

HNS 124: Advanced Human Physiology VI
HNS 125: Advanced Human Anatomy III

HNS 126: Advanced Human Anatomy IV

Third Semester Units

HNS 127: Clinical Placement I


First semester units

HNS 200: Reproductive Health & Safe Motherhood III
HNS 201: Reproductive Health & Safe Motherhood IV
HNS 202: Medical-Surgical Nursing I

HNS 203: Medical-Surgical Nursing II
HNS 204: Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics I

HNS 205: Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics II
HNS 206: Human Nutrition I
HNS 207: Human Nutrition II
HNS 208: Clinical Methods I

HNS 209: Clinical Methods II
HNS 210: Immunology I

HNS 211: Immunology II
HNS 212: Pathology I

HNS 213: Pathology II

Second Semester Units

HNS 214: Pathology III
HNS 215: Principles of Human Psychology
HNS 216: Medical-Surgical Nursing III

HNS 217: Medical-Surgical Nursing IV
HNS 218: Clinical pharmacology & Therapeutics III

HNS 219: Clinical pharmacology & Therapeutics IV
HNS 220: Reproductive Health & SafeMotherhood V

HNS 221: Reproductive Health & SafeMotherhood VI

HNS 222: Reproductive Health & SafeMotherhood VII
HNS 223: Medical-Surgical Nursing V

HNS 224: Medical-Surgical Nursing VI
HNS 225: Introduction to Medical Parasitology
HNS 226: Medical Helminthology & Entomology
HNS 227: Neonatology
UCU 100: Communication Skills

Third Semester Units

HNS 228: Clinical Placement II

school of nursing in kenyatta university


First semester units

HNS 300: Occupational Health
HNS 301: Health Promotion
HNS 302: Epidemiology
HNS 303: Biostatistics
HNS 304: Paediatric Nursing I

HNS 305: Paediatric Nursing II
HNS 306: Educational Psychology for Nurses
HNS 307: Mental Health & Psychiatric Nursing I

HNS 308: Mental Health & Psychiatric Nursing II

HNS 309: Mental Health & Psychiatric Nursing III
HNS 310: Community Health III

HNS 311: Community Health IV
HNS 312: STIs and HIV/AIDS Management

Second Semester Units

UCU 103: Introduction to Critical and Creative Thinking
HNS 313: Fundamentals of Medical Sociology & Anthropology I

HNS 314: Fundamentals of Medical Sociology & Anthropology II
HNS 315: Research Methodology I 

HNS 316: Research Methodology II

HNS 317: Management in Nursing I

HNS 318: Management in Nursing II 

HNS 319: Community Health Nursing V
HNS 320: Sanitation and Environmental Health
HNS 321: Social Work
HNS 322: Community Development
HNS 323: Reproductive Health and Safe Motherhood VII
UCU 104: Entrepreneurship

Third Semester Units

HNS 324: Clinical Placement III


First semester units

HNS 400: Ophthalmology
HNS 401: Dermatology
HNS 402: Ear Nose Throat

HNS 403: Theatre Nursing
HNS 404: Palliative & Home-Based Care
HNS 405: Health Service Management & Health Economics I

HNS 406: Health Service Management & Health Economics II
HNS 407: Critical Care & Renal Nursing
HNS 408: Public Relations in Nursing Practice
HNS 409: Gender & Health

Second Semester

HNS 410: Curriculum & Instruction in Nursing
HNS 411: Geriatric Nursing
HNS 412: Research Project (equivalent to 6 units)

Third Semester

HNS 413: Clinical Placement IV

[Note: the unit codes might change.]

Masters in nursing Kenyatta university

For those students who want to proceed to the master’s level, then continue reading below:

Master in Nursing at Kenyatta University is a two-year program, and it is done through course work, examination, practical assessment, and thesis.

Students choose their area of specialty from the following options:

  • Oncology
  • Mental Health and Psychiatry
  • Leadership and Management
  • Critical Care
  • Uro-nephrology
  • Medical-surgical nursing
  • Pediatric Nursing
  • Midwifery / Obstetric Nursing
  • Community Health Nursing
  • Nursing Education
  • Neurology Nursing
bachelor of nursing in kenyatta university

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can I do nursing with C+?

You can do nursing with a C+ grade in KCSE. You just need to get the required grade in subjects such as C+ in Biology, C+ in Chemistry, C+ in either Mathematics or Physics and C+ in either English or Kiswahili.

2. What are the Different Intakes in Bachelor of Nursing KU?

Bachelor of Nursing (Institution Based Mode) students are admitted in the months of April, August, and December. Otherwise, the students admitted through the KUCCPS program report usually in August or September.

School of Nursing Fee Structure

Students in the school of Nursing at Kenyatta University pay Kes. 240,000 per year if they are East African countries. For non-East Africans, the fee per year is Kes. 295,000. The statutory fee is Kes. 55,200.

However, the fee amount also depends on the mode of admission. This is because SSP and KUCCPS students do not pay the same amount. You can check your correct fee amount here:

Fee Structure for KUCCPS Students

Fee Structure for Self-Sponsored Students

That was the complete guide about the Nursing Requirements at Kenyatta University. Still got any questions? Let’s interact in the comment section.


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  1. Mercy

    Hello Moha, How many intakes does Kenyatta University offer for one who wants to do Bachelor’s degree in Nursing as self sponsored student

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