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How to Apply for Accreditation of Nursing Courses in Kenya

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How to Apply for Accreditation of Nursing Courses in Kenya by Kenyans247(m): Sun Jan 2020 08:16am
Procedure
Institutions desiring to conduct training of nurses are required to apply in writing to the Nursing Council of Kenya and provide documented evidence in line with the guidelines pertaining to:

The program they intend to offer
The physical training facility in place
The main teaching hospital and any other health facilities affiliated to the training institution which will be used for provision of additional clinical/practical experience if need arises. If these additional training institutions will be used, then there should be a signed memorandum of understanding indicating the terms of agreement.
Staffing Profile
Any other information that deemed necessary or that may be requested by the Council.
When an institution submits an application, the Council shall conduct site visits to confirm the information provided. Reports of the visits shall be presented to the Discipline, Standards and Ethics Standing Committee and the recommendations will be presented to the Full Board. If in the opinion of the Council the institution is found to have met the criteria, the Council shall grant an initial approval. Such approval shall extend from the date of the Board meeting and shall terminate after 5 years. A renewal of accreditation shall be granted following an evaluation of the institution that verifies that standards have been maintained.

Required Documents
A completed application form
Proof of payment of application fee (for new institutions only)
Detailed statement of vision, mission, philosophy, aims and objectives for which the institution is established
Particulars of incorporation or registration of the institution under any law
Form of Governance through which the academic and administrative affairs of the institution shall be conducted
Curriculum of instruction
Students support services available at the institution
List and academic qualifications of all members of staff on or expected to be on full-time employment with the institution
List of the total number of students enrolled in each training course offered at the institution, with specification of the number of residential students
Size and quality of the library, information communication and technology equipment
Financial resources available for exclusive use of the institution including primary sources of funding, existing budget, certified by an accountant qualified to practice as such under the Accountants Act but who is not employee or a sponsor of the applicant
Type, number and size of the physical facilities including buildings and land available for the exclusive use of the institution
For new training courses, the following additional requirements must be provided:

Statistical data to support the need for the new training course in Kenya
List of proposed faculty
Clinical resources including a main teaching hospital and health facilities affiliated to the training institution which shall be used for additional clinical or practical experiences
A joint master rotation plan in areas where clinical resources are shared among institutions
Curriculum prepared in line with prescribed NCK nursing syllabus

Office Locations & Contacts
Nursing Council of Kenya Head Quarters

NCK Plaza, Kabarnet Lane off Ngong Road [Route No. 8], Nairobi

P.O Box 20056-00200,

Nairobi County, Kenya

Tel: +25420387556 | +254721920567 | +254733924669

Email: info@nckenya.org

Website: http://nckenya.com/

Working Hours: 8:00am to 5:00pm Weekdays

Coast Zonal Office
Provincial Medical Directors (PDMS) Office

Adjacent to Coast Province General Hospital (CPGH), Mombasa

Working Hours: 8:00am to 5:00pm Weekdays

Lower Eastern Zonal Office
Meru Level 5 Hospital

Main Administration Block, next to the Nursing Services Managers Office, Meru

Working Hours: 8:00am to 5:00pm Weekdays

Upper Eastern Zonal Office
Marsabit County Hospital

County Health Offices, Marsabit

Working Hours: 8:00am to 5:00pm Weekdays

North Rift Zonal Office
Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH)

Main Administration Block, 1st Floor, Rm 153, Eldoret

Working Hours: 8:00am to 5:00pm Weekdays

Western Zonal Office
Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital (JOOTRH)

Main Administration Block, Kisumu

Working Hours: 8:00am to 5:00pm Weekdays

Eligibility
Any nurse training institution offering a training course for the purpose of preparing persons to be awarded with a certificate, diploma or degree in nursing must apply to the Nursing Council of Kenya for accreditation.

Validity
5 years

Documents to Use
Application for Accreditation of Nursing Courses http://nckenya.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Application-for-Accreditation-of-Training-Courses.pdf

Instructions
The Nursing Council of Kenya is the accreditation authority responsible for accrediting education providers and programs of study for the nursing profession.

They perform two forms of accreditation:

Institutional accreditation: Limited to a program of study in professional or occupational fields.
Professional/specialized accreditation: Limited to a program of study in professional or occupational fields.
Any school, college or institution conducting a nursing education program for the purpose of preparing individuals to be awarded with certificates, diploma or degree in nursing is required to seek approval from the Nursing Council of Kenya. Such approval consists of:

Initial approval: Official recognition granted for a new program after the Council conducts a visit to the institution to ascertain its readiness to admit students.
Renewal: Done upon expiration of the initial approval (after 5 years). The Council shall conduct an evaluation visit to ensure that the institution meets the set standards.


Required Information
Name of institution
Postal address
Physical address
County
Constituency
Telephone
Mobile
Email address
Date of incorporation or registration
Name and designation of chief administrator
Governing body
Number and type of training courses (i.e. certificates, diplomas, degrees)
Training courses to be considered for purposes of accreditation
Envisaged benefits of accreditation of training course for health sector in Kenya.

Need for the Document
Under the Nurses Act Cap 257 of the Laws of Kenya, the Nursing Council of Kenya accredits education providers and programs of study for the nursing profession. They continually strive to ensure that nurses get quality education by ensuring that institutions training nurses at all levels meet the set standards for accreditation.


Information which might help
The Nursing Council handles complaints or reports received about illegal institutions and/or illegal programmes operating in Kenya. Under the Nurses Act, 2011 it is a criminal offence for someone to operate such an institution or to offer such a programme. If you are aware of any institution that you think may be operating illegally or providing an illegal programme, please send full details to the Council for investigation.

External Links
Guidelines for Accreditation of Nursing Courses_2013 http://nckenya.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Guidelines-for-Accreditation-of-Training-Courses_2013.pdf

Accreditation of Training Institutions http://nckenya.com/edu/accreditation/

Nursing Council of Kenya http://nckenya.com/

Others
The Nursing Council of Kenya (NCK) is a statutory body established by the Nurses Act Cap 257 of the Laws of Kenya to ensure the delivery of safe and effective nursing and midwifery care, to the public, through quality education and best practices. It is the only professional regulatory body for all cadres of nursing and midwives in Kenya.

The functions of the Council are:

to establish and improve standards of all branches of the nursing profession in all their aspects and to safeguard the interests of all nurses
to establish and improve the standards of professional nursing and of health care within the community
with the approval of the Minister, to make provision for the training and instruction for persons seeking registration or enrolment under the Nurses Act
with the approval of the Minister, to prescribe and regulate syllabuses of instruction and courses of training for persons seeking registration or enrolment under the Nurses Act
to recommend to the Minister institutions to be approved institutions for training of persons seeking registration or enrolment under the Nurses Act
with the approval of the Minister, to prescribe and conduct examinations for persons seeking registration or enrolment under the Nurses Act
to prescribe badges, insignia or uniforms to be worn by persons registered, enrolled or licensed under the Nurses Act
to have regard to the conduct of persons registered, enrolled or licensed under the Nurses Act, and to take such disciplinary measures as may be necessary to maintain a proper standard

Source https://www.wikiprocedure.com/index.php?title=Kenya_-_Apply_for_Accreditation_of_Nursing_Courses

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