The School of Nursing (SONU):
We provide higher education; the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree (BScN) and Continuing Education to working nurses enrolled and registered by the Tanzania Nursing Council, and those fresh from basic education (A and O level).
Components of the School of Nursing
Caring is the central focus for all our courses.
We have five different programs:
Diploma in Nursing
Bsc (Nursing)- On Campus
Diploma in Nursing
This program is the equivalent to a three year diploma program. Students will have their educational experiences at Mvumi School of Nursing (24 km. from Dodoma township).
Bsc Nursing - On Campus
The BScN program is located on the campus of St. John's University in Dodoma, Tanzania. All of the theory courses are on-campus courses, with students commuting to hospitals, Health Centers and community areas within Dodoma Township and its vicinity for clinical experiences. For the Generic Program the first two years will be spent totally on campus in pre requisite mostly basic science courses, and the next two years in 5 week courses alternating with blocks of 5 weeks of clinical. N.B. For post RNs the Program is 3 years. The final year is a year long internship arranged for students to master personal goals in leadership and administrative skills as well as to continue with nursing research.
The Master's Program is open to those with a BScN degree; and will be taught later as a combination of E-Learning and practical application in the hospitals and Health Centers. Preliminary plans will give priority to Master's in Nursing Education followed by Master's in Community Health and Master's in Nursing Administration and Management. Plans are being made to offer Master's degrees individually designed for the needs of nurses in Tanzania.
There are demands for a number of short courses known as certificate courses. Nurses working at the point of care are asking for specialized information, and St. John’s University will work towards facilitating these needs. In addition, nursing in Tanzania is moving towards requiring continuing nursing credits for graduate nurses. This program will fulfill that need within the E-Learning program.
The E-learning Program is designed to facilitate learning of nurses throughout Tanzania. Plans are to start with the Continuous Learning courses, and then move to allowing E-Learning in the Baccalaureate and Master’s Programs
The requirements for the school of Nursing
The following are additional to the University entrance requirements:
- Applicants must be registered and in good standing with the Nursing Council of Tanzania with a minimum of 2 years working experience in a clinical setting. Current Registration and Enrolment with the Nursing Council of Tanzania Mainland.
- Applicants from participating institutions will submit together with their application forms: Letters of support and evidence of sponsorship signed by Management of the Employing Institution – e.g. Hospital Director, Regional/ District Medical Officer etc.
- Self-sponsored applicants must also provide:
- A positive letter of support from the employing Agency/ Institution.
- Evidence of funding for the duration of the programme.
Certificate in a clinical specialty e.g. Paediatrics, Anaesthesia, Advanced Midwifery, Public Health,
Psychiatry / Mental Health Nursing, Ophthalmology, etc
Diploma in Advanced Nursing e.g. Administration, Tutorship, Public Health, Theatre Nursing,
Ophthalmic Nursing, Midwifery, etc.