Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The Program

The Bachelor of Science in nursing is an integrated program that prepares a graduate with the capacity to provide holistic nursing care in health care systems, provision of leadership in nursing practice, nursing education and nursing research.

The graduates in the various nursing programs will be able to utilize skills based on knowledge derived from theory, practice, and evidence based on research and in relation to emerging health needs of a changing society. They will be capable of functioning effectively in a variety of teaching institutions and health care settings, to offer preventive, curative and rehabilitative services to the clients/ patients. The graduates will be able to function independently and interdependently within the multidisciplinary health care team.

The program offered in this department has intensive training in theory and clinical practice.

Course Rationale

Providing training of nurses is one way of raising the standards of health care delivery to Rwandans since nurses are the backbone of health service delivery.
It is envisaged that the graduates will apply critical thinking in the process and come up with practical solutions to solve the various patient’s/client’s health problems and needs. The improvement in the services will be achieved through integration of the knowledge, skills and attitudes acquired.

The programs have been designed to recognize that its graduands will have a strong clinical, biomedical and community health knowledge base in order to provide quality health care that will integrate curative, preventive and rehabilitative health care.

Core Values of the Program

  1. Respect
  2. Integrity
  3. Professionalism
  4. Accountability
  5. Honesty
  6. Excellence
  7. ResponsivenessCourse durationBachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) Programme takes FOUR years (12 trimesters) for direct entry intake and 2.5 years (8 trimesters) for BScN upgrading/ distance learning.Minimum entry requirements for BScN direct entry (A2 holders)
    1. Rwanda National Examination Council high school (secondary education) certificate with at least two principal passes in Biology and Chemistry with a subsidiary pass either in Mathematics or Physics.
    2. Any other qualification recognized by Senate of Mount Kenya University, and equivalent to a Rwanda National Examination Council high school (secondary education) certificate.
    3. An advanced diploma in nursing from a recognized institution of higher learning as per credit transfer/ exemption policy

    Course Duration and Award

    This is a four academic year [eight semesters] undergraduate program, encompassing a full-time, progressive course of study. Upon completion, graduates will be awarded a Bachelors of Science degree in Nursing with Honors.

    Minimum entry requirements for BScN- Upgrading group (A1 holders)

    An advanced diploma in nursing from a recognized institution of higher learning

    License to practice as a nurse in country of origin

    Registration certificate by Rwanda National Council for Nurses and Midwives (RNCNM)

    Course Duration and Award

    This is a 4 (four) semester undergraduate program. Upon completion, graduates will be awarded a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Nursing.

    The attendance mode is three days in a week, namely Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays


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