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  • Telephone : 0719073164, 0732163164
  • Email : nursingschool@materkenya.com

About Us

Catherine McAuley Nursing School was started at The Mater Hospital in 1972 as a Midwifery training programme, a specialised training for midwives which was a one (1) year course. The school also admitted its first students for training in General Nursing (Kenya Registered Nursing) in September 2004, a 3 year course that goes for. The School continues to offer Higher Diploma courses as need arises

The syllabus and exams are provided by the Nursing Council of Kenya. Students sit their final exam; Nursing Council Examination of Kenya which they must pass before they can be registered to practice.

Accreditation & Licensing:

  • The school is licensed and accredited by Technical & Vocational Education & Training Authority (TVETA) license is upto date
  • The school is licensed and accredited by Nursing Council of Kenya (the body governing all nursing schools).

Programs Offered And Requirements

Course Date of commencement Duration Minimum Qualifications
Diploma in Kenya Registered Nursing (KRN) April 3 years KCSE: Mean grade- C Plain
English/Kiswahili- C Plain
Biology- C Plain
C minus in any one of the three
Higher Diploma in Perioperative Nursing (KRPON) April 1 year KRN, KRCHN OR BScN
Higher Diploma in Critical Care Nursing (KRCCN) April 1 year KRN, KRCHN OR BScN
Higher Diploma in Kenya Registered Nephrology
Nursing (KRNN)
September 1 year KRN, KRCHN OR BScN
Higher Diploma in Kenya Registered Midwifery (KRM) October 1 year KRN, BScN


The School admits Kenya Registered Nurses from all sectors including public, private and mission for the training leading to Diploma in Kenya Registered Midwife, Kenya Registered Critical Care Nurse, Kenya Registered Nephrology Nurse, Kenya Registered Peri-operative Nurse. Admissions however are not limited to Kenyans but are also open to nurses from other countries provided they are registered with the Nursing Council of Kenya and possess a valid aliens pass. Students, who have undergone training other than Kenyans, include nurses from Uganda, Tanzania, Sudan, Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, Malawi, Zambia, and Zimbabwe and even from U.K., Germany, Ireland, Italy, U.S.A and India. The training lasts for twelve months (1 year) followed by the midwives being registered by the Nursing Council of Kenya to practice.

Catherine McAuley Nursing School in collaboration with Mater Misericordiae Hospital has maintained high standards of performance with many students graduating with distinctions and credits. The core tenets of Catherine McAuley Nursing School is the philosophy of Mater Misericordiae Hospital, whose emphasis in part, is the belief in the sacredness of human life from conception to natural death.

School Operations and Amenities

Clinical teaching and placements: Students undergo their learning experience both through classroom instruction; clinical teaching and practice as well as self based learning.

Professionalism: We train well groomed students who come out as smart, disciplined and professional nurses.

Skills laboratory: We have a fully equipped modern skills laboratory for clinical learning and demonstration.

Tutorial Staff: The school has specialized personnel registered by the Nursing Council of Kenya (NCK) and with approved training in their specialities.

Classrooms: Spacious classrooms with Covid19 protocols fully observed

Holistic Approach/Pastoral Care: Students animate mass in the Hospital chapel as well all Catholic celebration events within the Hospital. They also participate in world day of the sick mass at the Holy Family Basilica as choir members. The school has a pastoral choir/dance group in place.

Counselling services: We offer Counselling services to our students

Library: We have a well-equipped library that supports students and faculty in their study, teaching and research needs. The library is equipped with current reading materials, books, computers with Internet connection and other reading materials for use by students and staff of mater hospital.

Accommodation/School Hostels: The school offers accommodation for both male and female students with the following amenities;

  • Spacious rooms
  • Constant water supply
  • Hot shower
  • Free wifi
  • Fully observed Covid 19 protocols

Meals: The hospital has a well-established/modern cafeteria which caters for students meals

School transport: The school has buses and vans to ferry students to their external placement areas as well as for extra curriculum visits.

Students Welfare: Extra Curriculum Activities

Games: Our school participates in inter-nursing colleges games every year and have been emerging the best in most activities for both male and female students e.g. netball, football, volleyball, hand ball, tag of war, table tennis among others.

Dance Groups: The school always has students’ dance group in place

Medical camps: Our students participate in all hospital medical camps as part of their management training.

Outreach: Our students spare time to be with the poor and the sick in communities as an extra mile and giving back to the society.

Team building: Other than the classroom teaching and clinical teaching/practise our students get their bonding time out of the school environment to visit game parks, historical sites etc.

Academic Loans

School bursary: The school is in a position to sponsor at least three to four very needy students should there be need. Only students who have joined Catherine McAuley Nursing School qualify to apply for school bursary.

LEAP Loans: (Lending for Education in Africa Partnerships) is a financing programme available for students at the Mater Hospital Nursing School, it provides affordable and career readiness support to students. Only students who have joined Catherine McAuley Nursing School qualify to apply for LEAP loans.

Covid 19 Protocol

Currently we are offering Covid 19 sensitization training to all our students.