General Nursing

Developing countries including Rwanda experience a shortage of nurses (for example according to Ministry of Health (2010) ratio of Nurses/population is 1 nurse/1,476 inhabitants), this handicaps implementation and achievement of certain health programs. The program is designed to prepare professional general nurses with the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes required for delivery of health care. The overall aim of this program is to train competent general nurses who can contribute to effective planning and delivery of health care based on patient-centered approach.

At Kibogora Polytechnic, Department of Nursing and Midwifery, we are committed to designing an integrated curriculum in which student engagement in the classroom and in clinical placement supports the development of critical thinking skills that will support a higher level of professional practice. We thus welcome all prospective undergraduate students to our Department.

Nursing students who successfully complete this program will be equipped enough to practice safely, competently and effectively in community and in general clinical area including maternity, paediatric, medical and surgical units by meeting national and international standards of nursing practice.


Module Code Credits Hours
H101 Philosophy, Ethics and Rwandan Culture 10 100
H103 Psychology Sciences 10 100
H104 Anathomy and Philosophy 15 150
H104 Anathomy and Philosophy 15 150
H105 Fundamentals of Nursing and Midwifery I 10 100
H106 Biochemistry and Nutrition 5 50
H107 Microbiology and Parasitology 10 100
H150 Clinical Placement I 25 250
H152 General Pharmacology 5 50
H153 Fundamentals of Nursing and Midwifery II 20 200
H155 Community Health Nursing I 10 100


H200 Clinical Placement II 20 200
H201 Clinical Pharmacology 10 100
H202 Health Assessment 5 50
H203 Pathophysiology 10 100
H211 Medical-Surgical Nursing I 15 150
H250 Clinical Placement III 20 200
H252 Research Methods and Evidence Based Practice 10 100
H253 Community Health II 5 50
H261 Medical-Surgical Nursing II 20 200
H251 Tropical and Communicable Diseases 5 50


H300 Clinical Placement IV 20 200
H302 Reproductive Health and Gynecology 10 100
H300 Child Health I 10 100
H314 Child Health II 10 100
H312 Maternity Nursing 10 100


H400 Clinical Placement V 40 400
H452 Mental Health 10 100
H453 Quality Assurance, Leadership and Management 10 100
H314 Child Health II 10 100

Key Facts

Award Type: Advanced Diploma in General Nursing
Level: Undergraduate
Study mode: Daytime
Course Length: 2 years
Language of teaching: English
Start Month: September
Entry requirements: Successful completion of secondary L6 in MCB or similar program of study, with primary passes in biology and chemistry and secondary passes in maths or physics. A2 nurses considered for admission to Level One. Ability to study in English

In line with our policy of continual improvement of all programs, program details may change