Oncology Diploma Program
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Be the first to Pursue a Diploma Program in Oncology Nursing

Deadline : June 9th 2016

Aku is offering the first specialty diploma in oncology nursing in the region. This  18 – month work study programme, fully approved by the Nursing Council of Kenya, Will help you earn your diploma while working.

Candidates need to meet the following requirements:

  • Form IV level of Education with minimum aggregate score of C (Plain) in KSCE ; Division II in KCS/EACE.
  • A minimum of C (Plain) grade in the following mandatory subjects: English and Biology / Biological Science.
  • At Least two years continuous experience in a clinical care setting as a Registered nurse, preferably in an oncology or in a medical-surgical setting.
  • A current registration and valid practicing license.

Oncology Diploma Program FAQs

1.     What is the start date of the Oncology Diploma Programme?

 The Oncology Diploma Programme starts on August 1st, 2016.

2.     How is the Programme structured?

 This is a work-study Programme. Classes and clinical experiences will be scheduled for two (2) days per week so that students can continue working while taking classes. The program is organized in blocks of theory classes and supervised clinical placements.

3.     What are the Programme components?

 The Programme is based on the Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology standards and competencies for the specialist oncology nurse and is adapted to the Kenyan context. The Programme has 16 modules which will cover cancer screening and diagnosis, different cancers and their treatment, management of treatment related side effects, pediatric cancers, palliative care and rehabilitation.

4.     What is the Programme fee?

 The fee for the Programme is Kenya Shillings 100,000 per semester for a total cost of Kenya Shillings 300,000 plus books and study materials.

5.     What is the admission procedure?

 Students meeting the minimum requirements will be invited to write an English competency test and a pass a basic nursing exam along with a screening interview.

6.     Is the Programme accessible to nurses living and working outside Nairobi County? 

The Programme will be offered at the Nairobi Campus of the Aga Khan University and is open to any nurse who meets the minimum requirements. Nurses enrolled in the program must be able to travel to the Nairobi campus for two (2) days per week to attend classes and clinical placements.

7.     Is the Programme recognized by the Nursing Council of Kenya? 

This Programme is fully approved by the Nursing Council of Kenya. Programme graduates will earn a Diploma in Oncology Nursing after passing the Nursing Council of Kenya exam.

8.     What type of opportunities will there be for Programme graduates?

 Programme graduates will be able to work as generalist nurses in a general ward or as specialist nurses in an oncology ward, outpatient oncology clinic, chemotherapy suite, radiotherapy unit, pediatric ward and palliative care unit.

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