Kenya Medical Training College Homabay Campus was established in 1978 to train Enrolled Community Health Nurses. The first class to be admitted comprised of 12 students. Over the years, the institution has grown to offer three courses: diploma in Community Health Nursing (pre-service), Diploma in Community Health Nursing (In-service) and Diploma in Clinical Medicine (pre-service).
Before the pre-service programmes in Clinical Medicine and Nursing were introduced three years ago, the institution had been conducting an upgrading in-service programme for Enrolled Nurses. The basic training for enrolled nurses was phased out in 2002.
Mode of learning
For nursing department, the students alternate between theory blocks and practical experiences in the clinical areas. At the end of each theory block, pre-service students attend skills lab sessions, where they are taught various practical skills. Then they are subjected to an objectively scored clinical examination (OSCE). The students then go to the clinical areas where they circulate the Maternity Unit, Outpatient department, surgical, medical and pediatric wards.
Clinical Medicine students rotate in all the wards within the District Hospital including the outpatient department and theatre, where they gain various practical skills. Each rotation takes eight weeks. Towards the end of their second year in training, the students are guided to conduct a community diagnosis. After they have successfully conducted the diagnosis, they are ready to proceed to the Rural Health centers for six weeks to gain experiences in rural health care and health center management
P.O.BOX 512, Homabay