INSTITUTIONAL BASED PROGRAM (UPGRADING (KRCHN) DIPLOMA TO BACHELOR OF SCIENCE NURSING & PUBLIC HEALTH DEGREE
i. A Candidate must be Kenya Registered Community Health Nurses [KRCHN] from a
recognized nurse training institution.The candidate must be registered/ licensed as
Nurses by Nursing Council of Kenya.The candidate must have at least 2 years working experience post registration.
ii. The Candidate shall have obtained a mean grade of at least C at K.C.S.E or Division II at
KCE or its equivalent and passed the subject clusters as indicated below:
Biology C+ Credit
Chemistry C+ Credit
Mathematics or Physics C+ Credit
English or Kiswahili C+ Credit
Biological Sciences C+ Credit
Physical Sciences C+ Credit
Mathematics C+ Credit
English or Kiswahili C+ Credit
Principle passes in Biology and chemistry and a subsidiary pass either in Physics or Mathematics.
Duration and Programme of Study
The course will be conducted through theory and clinical placements. The students will undertake
classroom learning two days per week for two and half calendar years. Clinical placement will commence from the third semester of first year when the students will be placed for three days per week until the end of the course.
The Bachelor of Science degree programme in Nursing shall be completed when a registered student has taken and passed in 42 units and 3 University Common Units. The programme will cover a period of 8 semesters (2 ½ calendar years).
The University Examination Regulations shall apply.In order to graduate with a Bachelor of
Science in Nursing, the candidates shall have registered for and passed in 42 units and 3 University Common Units.
The overall assessment of the student's performance in each unit shall be done at the end of every semester and shall comprise of continuous assessments and written examinations. In some specific units, oral and practical examinations will be administered as part of continuous assessments.
Written examinations shall comprise of: Multiple Choice Questions (MCQS): 20 questions of 20
marks. Short Answer Questions (SAQS): 8 questions of 5 marks each Making total of 40 marks. Essay Questions:2 questions of 20 marks each. Making total of 40 marks. Each theory unit shall
be marked out of 100 marks distributed as follows; the written examination 70%, Take away assignment 20%, Sit - in CAT 10%.
A candidate is expected to have at least 95% attendance in class to sit a University examination.
All clinical rotations are compulsory in order for candidates to meet the minimum requirements of the Professional Regulatory Board.In some specific clinical placements practical examinations including orals will be administered and will be marked out of 100%. The pass mark for these examinations will be 65%.For all clinical placements, continuous assessments will be carried out. The pass mark for written examination shall be 50%. A candidate who obtains between 47% and 49% may be compensated to attain a pass mark of 50% by the departmental examination moderation board. The marks may only be deducted from the related units the student has passed well. The maximum number of units that may be compensated will be two.
The letter grades for the marks scored per unit shall be indicated as follows for inclusion in the Academic transcript. The letter grades for the marks scored per unit shall be indicated as follows for inclusion in the Academic transcript.(A) 75% -100% Distinction, (B) 65% to 74% Credits, (C)
50% to 64%Pass, (E) 49 and below(Fail)
All units offered in the programme in a specific level are a pre-requisite to proceed to the next
level. A candidate must pass in the units before proceeding to the next level. The candidate must have sat for the CATs before undertaking the end of semester examination.Academic Warning: A candidate who fails in more than half of units taken in any one semester shall be given an academic warning (AW) by the Dean of School upon recommendation by Senate.A candidate who fails in more than half of units taken in any one semester shall be given an academic warning (AW) by the Dean of School upon approval by Senate.
A candidate who repeats the year will get an academic warning.A candidate who fails in any unit(s) after repeating the year will be given an academic warning.
A candidate who fails in up to half of units in an academic year will be allowed to undertake supplementary examinations in failed unit(s) before proceeding to the next academic year.
A supplementary examination shall be marked out of 100% and the maximum score awarded shall be 50%.
A candidate who fails in more than half of units taken in an academic year will repeat the whole
A candidate who fails in ANY unit in the supplementary examinations will repeat the whole year.
A candidate who fails in up to half of units taken after repeating the year will be given a chance undertake supplementary in the failed units.
A candidate who fails in all the units in any one semester will be discontinued. A candidate
who fails in any supplementary in the repeating year will be discontinued. Appeal against discontinuation will be addressed to the Vice-Chancellor. The degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing shall not be classified.
Unit Code and Title
University Common Units Hours
UCU 100: Communication Skills. 35
UCU 103: Critical and Creative & Thinking 35
UCU 104: Entrepreneurship 35
HNS 100: Cell Biology and General Genetics 35
HNS 101: Regional Anatomy HNS 102: Systemic Anatomy 35
HNS 103: Embryology 35
HNS 104: Medical Biochemistry I 35
HNS 105: Advanced Human Physiology 1 35
HNS 106: Fundamentals of Nursing 35
HNS 107: Medical Biochemistry II 35
HNS 108: Clinical Methods 35
HNS 109: Medical Microbiology 35
HNS 110: Advanced Human Physiology 11 35
UCU 100: Communication Skills 35
HNS 200: Medical/Surgical Nursing 1
HNS 201: Immunology
HNS 202: Pathology 1 HNS 203: Pathology II
HNS 204: Public Health Nursing 1
HNS 205: Nutrition and Health
Medical 4 Weeks 160
Surgical 4 Weeks 160
HNS 206: Medical/Surgical Nursing II
HNS 207: Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics I - 35
HNS 208: Pathology 11I (Haematology) - 35
HNS 209: Medical Parasitology - 35
HNS 210: Reproductive Health and safe Motherhood I - 35
UCU 103: Critical & Creative Thinking - 35
HNS 211: Epidemiology - 35
HNS 212: Biostatistics - 35
HNS 213: Paediatric & Child Health Nursing - 35
HNS 214: Mental Health & Psychiatric Nursing - 35
HNS 215: Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics II 35
HNS 216: Public Health Nursing 11 - 35
Mental health 4 weeks - 160
Paediatrics 4 weeks - 160
HNS 217: Public Health Nursing III - 35
HNS 218: Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics III - 35
HNS 219: Fundamentals of Medical Sociology & Anthropology- 35
HNS 220: Educational Psychology - 35
HNS 221: Research Methodology - 35
HNS 222: Critical Care and Perioperative Nursing - 35
Community health 6 weeks - 240
Rural 4 weeks - 160 District 2 weeks - 80
HNS 300: Reproductive Health & Safe Motherhood II - 35
HNS 301: Health Services management & Health Economics - 35
HNS 302: Curriculum and Instruction in Nursing - 35
HNS 303: Geriatric nursing and Home based care - 35
HNS 304: Gender and Health - 35
UCU 104: Entrepreneurship - 35
Teaching Practicum- 4 weeks - 160
Nursing Management Practice - Hospital Experience
ICU/Renal 2 weeks - 80
Operating theatre 2 weeks - 80 80
Casualty/OPD 2 weeks - 80
HNS 306: Research Project 1 - 35
HNS 307: Research Project 11 - 35