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University of Nairobi College of Health sciences (courses) Requirements, Duration and Fees

Here is a list of Undergraduate Degree Programs offered at the College of Health Sciences in University of Nairobi:

  1. Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MB.ChB)
  2. Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry (with options in Medical Biochemistry, Nutritional Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; and Biotechnology
  3. Bachelor of Pharmacy (B.Pharm)
  4. Bachelor of Dental Surgery (B.D.S.)
  5. Bachelor of Nursing Sciences (B.ScN)
  6. Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science and Technology

University of Nairobi College of Health sciences Fee Structure

Financial Requirements (Per Annum)

  Regular Students (Kshs.) Self Sponsored Students (Module II) (Kshs.) Foreigners US$
TOTAL 62,500 474,000 14,900

Admission Requirements

  1. Module I (Regular) students

The general University minimum requirement is a C+ (Plus) in the Kenya   Certificate   of Secondary Education (K.C.S.E) examination.

These minimum requirements, however, does not guarantee a place in the College of Health Sciences as the courses offered are highly competitive and they attract the best performing students in K.C.S.E, as a result, priority is given to applicants with highest grades.

It is also important to note that admission is specifically based on cut-off points in the relevant cluster subjects, grouped into alternative A and B as shown here below:-

Alternative A Alternative B
Biology Biological Sciences
Chemistry Physical Sciences
Physics/Mathematics Mathematics
English/Kiswahili English/Kiswahili

It is important to note that the cut-off points are determined depending on performance of candidates in K.C.S.E examinations, on a yearly basis.

2. Self sponsored (Module II) students

i) K.C.S.E Holders

The general University minimum requirements for admission are applicable as indicated above.  In addition to the stipulated minimum requirements, applicants must have an average of B- (minus) in the four cluster subjects shown above and ensuring that no subject in the cluster has a score below C+ (plus) 

ii) Advanced Level Holders

A minimum of 2 principal passes; one in Biology and the other in Chemistry and 1 subsidiary pass in either Mathematics or Physics.

As indicated above these minimum requirements do not guarantee a place in College of Health Sciences, since the courses offered are highly competitive and priority is given to applicant with the best grades.

iii)       Diploma in Medical Sciences

A minimum “O” level Division II   pass or C+ (plus) Mean Grade and credit pass C+ (plus) in the cluster subjects in K.C.S.E.,

in addition to a credit pass in  the following professional qualifications from a  recognized medical training  institution: Clinical Officers (Diploma), Laboratory Technologists, Pharmaceutical Technologists, Diploma in  Radiography, Basic and/or Advanced Diploma in Nursing, Diploma in Public Health, Diploma in Dental Sciences

iv) Diploma in Education (Biology and Chemistry)

v) Degree holders in Biological Sciences

Course Duration

(Full Time Students)

The course is organized in levels with each level representing one academic year of study.

MBChB 5 levels (20 quarters)
BScN 4 levels (16 quarters)
BSc  Biochemistry 3 levels (12 quarters)
B.Pharm 4 levels (16 quarters)
BDS 4 levels (16 quarters)
BSc  Medical Laboratory Science 3Levels 12 QUARTERS

Teaching Approach

(The courses are taught in English)

Lectures, practicals, seminars and clinical clerkship.  There are major written examinations at the end of every level of study.

Continuous Assessment Tests (C.A.T.) is given at the end of each quarter. All the level I courses are taught at the Chirom Campus where the  Pre-clinical Departments (Human Anatomy, Medical Physiology & Biochemistry) are located. The rest of the courses are taught at the Kenyatta National Campus (MBChB, BScN, B. Pharm) and Dental School –  (BDS).

The BSc Biochemistry and BSc Medical Laboratory Science and Technology courses are taught at the Chiromo Campus.

Career opportunities for graduates from the College of Health Sciences

  • BSc Biochemistry and BSc Medical Laboratory Science and Technology – Graduates can pursue careers in research institutions, medical laboratories, food, beverage and quality assurance industries, academic institutions, pharmaceutical industries, nutritional counseling as well as self employment in biochemical/ biotechnological entrepreneurship.
  • BDS – Graduates can take up careers as dentists in public or private health institutions, as oral healthcare product managers in dentally allied manufacturing companies or teaching at universities and colleges.
  • MBChB – Graduates can work as medical practitioners in public and private health institutions, teach clinical medicine in medical and para-medical institutions, undertake clinical research, or take up careers as managers of clinical services in NGO’s and medical regulatory bodies such as WHO.
  • BScN – Graduates can pursue careers as KRN (KRCHN) in clinical settings Including hospitals, community health agencies and maternity units; as managers of nursing services and in academics.
  • Pharm –Graduates can pursue careers in health institutions as hospital, clinical, drug information, and community pharmacists. Pharmaceutical industry as management, quality assurance and production pharmacists.

Academic & research institutions as tutors, lecturers, professors, and research officers.

Regulatory authorities and NGO’s such as Pharmacy and Poison Board and World Health Organization.

Post-graduate degree courses are available at the College of Health Sciences for graduates to further their careers as follows:-

  • BSc Biochemistry – MSc – Biochemistry
  • BSc Medical Laboratory Science andTechnology-MSc Medical Laboratory Science and Technology
  • Pharm – M. Pharmacy, MPH, MSc – Biochemistry, MSc – Physiology
  • BDS- MDS (Paediatric Dentistry), MDS (Maxillofacial Surgery), MPH, MSc – Cytology
  • BSc Nursing – MSc – Biochemistry, MSc – Medical Physiology, MPH, MSc – Cytology
  • MBChB – Master of Medicine (9 Options), MSc – Cytology, MSc-Biochemistry, MSc-Physiology, MSc – Clinical Psychology

Application for Admission

Application forms for all courses may be obtained from the following offices:-

  1. Regular Program:-

Academic Registrar, University of Nairobi, P.O. Box 30197, Nairobi.

  1. Module II Programs:-
  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
  • Bachelor of Biochemistry
  • Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science and Technology

Office of the Dean, School of Medicine, College of Health Sciences

  • Bachelor of Pharmacy

Office of the Dean, School of Pharmacy, College of Health Sciences

  • Bachelor of Dental Surgery

Office of the Dean, School of Dental Sciences, College of Health Sciences, Argwings Kodhek Road.

  • All Programmes

Office of the Associate Dean, Pre-clinical Departments, Department of Medical Physiology, College of Biological and Physical Sciences.

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