Nursing is one of the most in-demand healthcare professions in the world, and with good reason. Nurses are responsible for providing care to patients of all ages, administering medications, and ensuring that their health is maintained. In Uganda, there arecurrently only two nursing schools accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Uganda (NMCCU), and both schools have been experiencing heavy enrolment since the beginning of the year. Thinking about studying nursing in Uganda? Here’s a look at the fees and tuition rates for different nursing schools in this East African country.
Nursing Schools in Uganda
Nursing schools in Uganda are known for their high tuition fees. This can range from around US$2000 to over US$15,000 per year.
The government of Uganda has announced plans to reduce the tuition fees for nursing students. This move is expected to make nursing school more accessible to more people. However, it is still important to be aware of the current fees structure in order to choose the right nursing school for you.
Nursing Tuition Fees in Uganda
Nursing tuition fees in Uganda vary from institution to institution. In some cases, the tuition fee for a nursing course at a private university may range from US$2,000 to US$8,000. On the other hand, a nursing course at a public university may only cost around US$200 per semester.
It is important to check with the respective nursing school before making any commitments in order to avoid any potential financial stress later on. Furthermore, it is also important to research the various scholarship and student loan opportunities that are available in order to cover the full cost of tuition.
Registration Fee for Nursing Students in Uganda
Nursing schools in Uganda charge tuition fees that vary from institution to institution. In general, the higher the level of nursing study pursued, the higher the fee. The following are the registration fees for nursing students as of September 2016:
National University of Science and Technology (NUST), Kampala
Oxfam-USA International University, Kampala
International Christian University (ICU), Kampala
Saint Francis College of Nursing and Midwifery, Mpigi
Government National Hospital and Polyclinic, Jinja
University of Utah, Kampala
East Africa Secondary School of Nursing (EASSN), Nairobi
Nurses Training Institute (NTI), Kitgum
Saint Mary’s Nurses Training College (SMNTC), Mukono
Far Eastern International University (FEIU), Kalina
For a full list of nursing schools in Uganda, visit the website of the Uganda Nurses Association.
Examination and Reporting Fee for Nursing Students in Uganda
The Uganda Nursing Council has announced that from the academic year 2020/21 all students registered at nursing school in Uganda will be required to pay an examination and reporting fee of USh8000.
This fee is one of a number of changes being made to the nursing curriculum in order to ensure quality education and improve standards. The other changes include the introduction of practical clinical experiences for students, and a move away from theory-based learning towards a more hands-on approach.
The Nursing Council says that the fees will help cover the costs associated with running the schools, such as staff salary and training, and research into new ways to improve nursing care.
Other Expenses for Nursing Students in Uganda
Tuition fees for nursing students in Uganda can be expensive, with some schools charging upwards of US$5,000 per annum.
Apart from tuition fees, students also have to pay for room and board, books and other related expenses.
For example, one nursing school in Uganda charges students US$150 per semester for room and board.
In addition, many nursing schools in Uganda also require students to purchase health insurance policies.
Nursing schools in Uganda usually have very strict fees structures, which can be a major hurdle for prospective students. However, there are always exceptions to the rule, so it is worth checking out each school’s website before making any commitments. Additionally, many nursing programs offer scholarships and other financial assistance to help offset the costs of tuition. So whether you are looking to study nursing in Uganda or anywhere else in Africa, it is important to do your research first.