In Kenya, a certificate in nursing is one of the few medical courses available at the certificate level.

The course takes at least two years to complete and it is offered in 8 colleges approved by the Nursing Council of Kenya.

We will be looking at the entry requirements for the course, institutions offering the course, expected fee structure, and intakes. Let’s dive right in.

Certificate in Nursing KMTC Entry Requirements in Kenya

To enroll for a certificate in nursing at KMTC, you need to meet the following requirements.

  1. At least C minus in KCSE.
  2. A minimum of C minus in English/Kiswahili.
  3. C minus in biology.
  4. C minus or above in either chemistry, mathematics, or physics.

The course takes a minimum of two and a half years to complete.

Colleges Offering Certificate in Nursing

The following is a list of institutions accredited by the Nursing Council of Kenya to offer the course.

  1. KMTC Garissa campus
  2. KMTC Isiolo campus
  3. KMTC Wajir campus
  4. KMTC Kitui campus
  5. KMTC Kapenguria campus
  6. KMTC Lodwar campus
  7. KMTC Kabarnet campus
  8. KMTC Loitoktok campus
  9. KMTC Bomet campus

After completing the course in any of the above institutions, you will be eligible for registration and be licensed to practice as an enrolled midwife, nurse, or community health nurse.

Your designation will change to a registered nurse once you complete a nursing diploma

Fee structure for certificate in nursing

The fee structure for the government-sponsored students KSH 80,700 for the first year and KSH 78,000 for the second year.

Private sponsored students are expected to pay KSH 120, 700 and KSH 118, 000 inv the first and second year respectively.

The fee does not include food and accommodation. You will have to make other arrangements for that.

Scope of practice in Kenya

As a certificate holder, you will be licensed by the Nursing Council of Kenya to provide curative, preventive, rehabilitative, preventive, and palliative nursing care to families, communities, and individuals.


KMTC conducts intakes in March and September every year.

You can apply for the course directly through the Kenya Medical Training College Application portal when the application window opens.

Winding Up

We have looked at what it takes to study nursing at the certificate level in Kenya. We looked at requirements, accredited institutions, fee structure, and application.

Are you looking forward to enrolling for the course? We wish you all the best. Do you have any questions? Please ask in the comments section below.

Dr John Mwangi is a lecture of medicine with over 15 years of teaching expirience in Kenya univesities and colleges.

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  1. With a Mean grade of C+, B minus in biology, D plus math’s, D plain chem, can one take diploma in nursing?

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