Certificate Programs

Certificate Programs

Program Type Mode Duration Intake
Certificate in Nursing (CNS) Certificate Online, Modular ,Blended 2.5 years June - July
Certificate in Midwifery (CMS ) Certificate Online, Modular ,Blended 2.5 years June - July


Competence Based Education and Training (CBET) approach with the aim of improving the competencies of trainees to fit in the demands of the labour market. Certificate Nurses that are constantly in direct contact with the patient/community. Certificate Nurses at all levels are able to meet the needs of the population in the rural and hard-to-reach areas of the country narrowing the gaps in health service delivery. The training to makes Nursing cadre relevant in meeting health care needs.


The aim of the Certificate in Nursing Training Program is to equip learners with competencies necessary to prepare them to work in health facilities within communities with minimum supervision.

Specific objectives
To develop graduates who are able to;
a. Perform nursing care
b. Promote maternal and child health
c. Manage lower level health facilities (including Health Centre II, Departments in Health Centre III and institutional sickbays)
d. Carry out Community health nursing

Program description:

The aim of the academic program is to raise a health worker whose main responsibility is to perform nursing care as well as manage a health unit at the level of Health Centre II, department at Health Centre III and institutional sickbays. This academic program will be run in nursing schools in accordance with the BTVET Act.

Regulations for the program
The regulations below shall guide the training leading to the award of a Certificate in Nursing.

Name of the award
The award will be a Certificate in Nursing.

Minimum entry requirements
i. Passed Uganda Certificate of Education or its equivalent
ii. Obtained minimum passes in English, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics.
iii. Passed oral interview
iv. Applied for the Certificate in Nursing Programme as a choice

Duration of the Certificate Program
The Certificate program duration shall be two and half (2½) years, full time.

Academic years
Academic Year shall consist of two semesters. A semester shall be seventeen (17) weeks i.e. Fifteen (15) weeks of learning (both theory and practical) and two weeks of examinations. There will be two recess terms during which students will be attached to approved relevant training sites for placement.

Registration of students
Both fresh and continuing students should ensure that they register at academic registrar’s office within the first two weeks of each semester.
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