In addition, there is a need to produce Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Bachelor of Science in Midwifery, especially within the region. Both Bachelor of Science degrees meet requirements to become Nursing Officers. These degrees also train the students in needed skills for deeper understanding of the body and illness and treatment, as well as leadership, planning, teaching, research and supervision and management of health care programmes.
The 2 year Diploma of Nursing programme is unique in that it is held on the weekends so that Enrolled Nurses may study while working. In addition to lectures, students receive practical skills training in the University’s well equipped Skills Laboratory, and supervised clinical placement in nearby health facilities as well as Mulago Hospital in Kampala, where they gain skills for managing complications and special clinics. This programme follows the Uganda Nurses Midwives Council curriculum and adds its own uniqueness. Students also have teaching practice and complete an original research project.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing is offered in a 4 year full time day programme for students who have completed Senior 6, and in a 3 year weekend programme for students who have a Certificate and are working as Registered Nurses. The Bacelor of Science Midwifery programme helps to meet the demand in the expanding profession for this level of Midwives with a 3 year weekend programme for students who have a Certificate and are working as Registered Midwives. Students all complete skills training in the Skills Laboratory, supervised clinical placements during the semester in nearby clinics, as well as placement near the studen’ts home during holiday recess between the years. These experiences ensure that half of the time is spent in the classroom, and half in practical skills building. All students have teaching practice and complete an original research project.