Course overview

This course is designed to equip an individual with competencies required to participate in provision of nursing assistant services in a hospital set up, home-based care, or other care-giving environment. On successful completion of the course, the patient attendant (nurse aide) will be skilled in:

  • Assisting clients/patients in their homes, community, or clinic setting.
  • Preventing nosocomial infections
  • Providing patient care services to the patients
  • Ensuring patient safety
  • Taking vital signs and maintaining its records in the medical chart
  • Communicating the patient’s needs to effective channels
  • Feeding the patient and ensuring that their dietary needs are met
  • Assisting patients to use medical devices and equipment as required
  • Providing support to patients who need assistance for walking or standing
  • Assisting in the transportation of the patient.
  • Helping with daily life chores like bathing and dressing
  • Overseeing the administration of medication
  • Changing the position of the patient to prevent bedsores


The total duration of the course is one year, which includes two trimesters of coursework and one trimester for Industrial Attachment

Entry Requirements

An individual entering this course should have any of the following minimum requirements:

  1. Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) Certificate (E and above)


  1. Equivalent qualifications as determined by Kenya National Qualifications Authority (KNQA)

Industrial Attachment

You must undergo an industrial attachment for a period of 3 months in a recognized hospital.


There will be:

  • Continuous internal assessments coordinated by BCTI
  • External Competence assessment at completion of course coordinated by TVET CDACC


If successfully completed, the candidate will be awarded a certificate by TVET CDACC and Beta Care Training Institute.

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