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History and Profile

KNH School of Specialized Nursing was established in 1996 to build capacity for specialized areas within the Hospital such as Critical Care Unit, Theatre, Renal, A&E and Newborn Unit from which the general units/wards have also benefited. The School offers Post Basic Diploma Specialized Nursing courses.

The courses started as in-house in the initial years and were later extended to nurses from other institutions within the country.  Currently, the school receives students from the East and Central Africa region.   All courses offered in the School are registered by the Nursing Council of Kenya (NCK) on full time basis over one calendar year.    Approximately 100 nurses graduate from the school each year.   Graduates from the KNH School of Nursing have made an impact in several institutions in Kenya, the East and Central African region and beyond.

Our students are trained in well equipped units where they gain a wealth of knowledge and skills to become competent in their area of specialty.   Our lecturers are highly qualified and quite experienced in various specialty areas in line with courses offered in the school. Courses Offered

  1. Critical Care Nursing
  2. Peri-Operative Nursing
  3. Nephrology Nursing
  4. Accident and Emergency Nursing
  5. Neonatal Nursing

[All courses are approved by the Nursing Council of Kenya]

Admission Requirements

  • Two years working experience (3 years for KNH staff)
  • KCSE ‘C’ minus (C-) or Div III ‘O’ Level
  • Professional certificates
  • NCK registration Certificate
  • Valid NCK practice License

 Note:  Foreign students must have equivalent of all requirements and must be registered by the Nursing Council in their country. Additionally, they require temporary registration by the Nursing Council of Kenya (NCK) before training commences. They should also have proficiency in English. Short Courses offered

  • Basic Life Support (BLS)
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
  • Pediatrics Advanced Life Support (PALS)
  • Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS)
  • Nursing Management

Nursing School Calendar

The school offers two intakes each year specified below;

1.         April intake - Nephrology and Accident & Emergency Nursing Courses.

  • Applications by 31st December each year
  • Courses commence by 3rd Monday of April

2.         September intake - Critical Care, Peri-Operative and Neonatal Nursing Courses.

  • Applications by 31st May each year.
  • Courses commence 1st Monday of September

Application procedure

A formal application should be made to:

The Chief Executive Officer,


Attention Deputy Director /Nursing Services. 

P O Box 20723-00202 KNH – Nairobi Kenya.

*Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interviews.

Fees Payable Tuition fee, Ksh232,000.00  NB: This is exclusive of  NCK fee which is paid directly to NCK.  Foreign students are required to pay USD($) 300 for temporary licensing by NCK before commencement of the courses.  Each student will be required to have an NHIF card or Health Insurance cover for the period.NB: Fees are exclusive of accommodation and meals.

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