All medical courses in Kenya (Cert, dip, degree+Requirements)

In this article, we will explore all medical courses in Kenya and their requirements. If you are passionate about healthcare, these courses are for you.

Are you considering a medical career as a physician, nurse, physiotherapist, medical researcher, etc.? You are in the right place. We have compiled a comprehensive list of all medical courses in Kenya that you might consider studying in 2024 and their requirements.

But before we proceed, I would like to congratulate you on passing your KCSE. It’s time for your next academic journey. It’s going to be fun, trust me.

We will classify the courses according to the level of study starting from certificate, and diploma, all the way up to undergraduate (degree) courses.

More so, we have a guide on how to apply for placement and Funding options available for you. If you will not find a course here, it’s not the end of the road. There are dozens of courses in Kenya available for you.

We will start by listing the courses, and later in the article look at their requirements Now let’s get to it.

Undergraduate medical courses in Kenya

You can pursue The following health-related degree courses in Kenya in 2024.

  1. Bachelor of dental surgery
  2. Bachelor of Pharmacy
  3. Bachelor of veterinary medicine and surgery
  4. Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB)
  5. Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  6. Bachelor of science in environmental health
  7. Bachelor of science in medical laboratory sciences
  8. Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences and Technology
  9. Bachelor of Science (occupational health & safety)
  10. Bachelor of science in oral health
  11. Bachelor of science in community health education
  12. Bachelor of Science in Dental Technology
  13. Bachelor of Science (paramedic science)
  14. Bachelor of Science (physiotherapy)
  15. Bachelor of Science (medical psychology)
  16. Bachelor of Science (health records and information management)
  17. Bachelor of science in global health and travel medicine
  18. Bachelor of science in clinical medicine
  19. Bachelor of Science (physical therapy)
  20. Bachelor of radiography
  21. Bachelor of Science (population health)
  22. Bachelor of Science (optometry and vision sciences)
  23. Bachelor of science in midwifery with reproductive health
  24. Bachelor of Science in epidemiology and Biostatistics
  25. Bachelor of Science in epidemiology and medical statistics
  26. Bachelor of Science (biostatistics)
  27. Bachelor of Health Services Management
  28. Bachelor of science in health systems management
  29. Bachelor of Science (health records and information technology/management)
  30. Bachelor of Public Health


KCSE direct entry requirements for the courses is at least C plus in KCSE. However, you have to meet the minimum subject requirements for your preferred course and the cluster points/weight for the course at the time of application.

For example, the minimum subject requirements for Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Dental Surgery are a B plain in Biology, Chemistry, Maths/physics, and the same grade in English or Kiswahili.

Minimum subject requirements for Nursing, Pharmacy, and Medical laboratory technology are C PLUS in Biology, Chemistry, Maths/physics, and the same grade in English or Kiswahili.

If you hold a diploma in a respective course, you can enroll for a degree directly at your preferred institution but you will not be eligible for government sponsorship.


Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery and Bachelor of Dental Surgery is regulated by the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board (KMPDU), a body that regulates medical training and doctors’ registration in Kenya. 

Nursing training and registration of nurses is regulated by the Nursing Council of Kenya.

Pharmacy is regulated by the Kenya Pharmacy and Poisons Board.

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Bachelor of Science Medical microbiology is treated the same as Medical Laboratory science and holders of the degree are eligible for registration by the Kenya Medical and Laboratory and Technologists Board.

Bachelor of Science in paramedic science, biostatistics, and Biomedical Sciences are some of the less competitive options.

Diploma medical courses in Kenya

If you didn’t meet the cut for a degree in your preferred medical field, you can still enroll for a diploma in the same field and later on in the course of your career enroll for the degree.

The following is a list of medical diploma courses in Kenya and their requirements.

  1. Diploma in Nursing.
  2. Diploma in clinical medicine.
  3. Diploma in medical laboratory technology/science.
  4. Diploma in public health.
  5. Diploma in pharmacy.
  6. Diploma in health records and information technology.
  7. Diploma in Dental Technology.
  8. Diploma in public health.
  9. Diploma in preoperative theatre technology.
  10. Diploma in medical engineering.
  11. Diploma in physiotherapy.
  12. Diploma in optometry.
  13. Diploma in nutrition and dietetics.
  14. Diploma in Orthopedic Technology.
  15. Diploma in health education.
  16. Diploma in mortuary science.


To enroll for a diploma in a medical course in Kenya, you need at least a C plain in KCSE. Some courses have lower requirements.

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Medical Certificate Courses in Kenya

In Kenya, It is possible to start a career in medicine with a certificate. In the following context, we will list all medical certificate courses on offer in Kenyan institutions.

  1. Certificate in Nursing.
  2. Certificate in health records and information technology.
  3. Certificate in Medical Engineering.
  4. Certificate in Nutrition and Dietetics.
  5. Certificate in Orthopedic and trauma medicine.
  6. Certificate in Environmental Health Sciences.
  7. Certificate in preoperative theatre technology.


The majority of the courses require at least a C minus in KCSE. Others have lower requirements.

Also Read

  1. KMTC certificate courses
  2. Medical courses in Kenya with D+


We have covered medical courses in Kenya offered at Certificate, diploma, and degree level.

We wish you all the best in your studies.

You can enroll for your preferred course when schools are open for applications. Do you have any questions? You can ask in the comments section or send us an email.

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  1. Please advise I have c – and I need nutrition and dietetics English/kiswa D plain sciences C- art subjects C + and above

  2. Can I study medicine and surgery with a KCSE mean grade of B+ with A- in biology, A- in chemistry, B+ physics ,B kiswahili, B maths? Help me know please?

  3. I scored a B minus but would like to pursue medicine and surgery yet I do not qualify due to low cluster points of 31 how can you advise?

  4. Hi am Miriam did my kcse exam and got a c- , d plain in biology, d-in chemistry, d plain in mathematics , English c+, kisw b- am really interested in doing certificate in orthopaedic and trauma medicine am I qualified ??

  5. Now that am sitting for advanced level in Uganda, and I want to join university here in Kenya, do I take a direct entry.