College of Health Sciences
The Tenwek Hospital College of Health Sciences (formerly the School of Nursing) was founded in 1987 to train young Christian Kenyans to become competent and compassionate nurses. Today the school offers Diplomas in Nursing and Clinical Medicine.
Through the three-and-a-half-year program, female and male students from throughout Kenya are trained in the areas of general nursing, midwifery, and community nursing. Students participate in classroom training, augmented by access to a fully-equipped practice lab where they demonstrate and improve their skills.
All nursing students also participate in small discipleship groups to help them grow in their Christian faith, knowledge, and practice. This emphasis on spiritual development equips the nurses to provide spiritual care for their patients – a hallmark of the Tenwek Hospital mission.
The Nursing School is staffed by missionary nurses and Kenyan nurses who have previously earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Many members of the Kenyan staff also are working toward their master’s degrees.
School of Nursing graduates often are hired by Tenwek Hospital or one of its dispensaries. Other graduates – who are in high demand because of their excellent nursing skills and work ethic – are employed in healthcare facilities throughout Kenya, including the Africa Gospel Church Baby Center, Walter Reed Research, Red Cross International, and in remote mission areas.