​​E​N-RN Diploma Programme











​The purpose of the EN to RN conversion Diploma in AKU-SONAM is to upgrade the knowledge and skills of the Enrolled Nurse to the level of Registered Nurse. The programme will equip the learner with knowledge, attitudes and skill that will enable him/her to provide quality care to individuals, families and communities at primary, secondary and tertiary care levels.

The core activities of the AKU-SONAM programme are related to the activities of tuition, research, and community participation, which together reflects the concept of academic citizenship, i.e. The practical implementation of knowledge in society gained through tuition and research. Aga Khan University SONAM studies believe that the programmes must involve the communities, from whom the graduates will serve in order to make education more meaningful and relevant to the health needs of the communities.


The programme is offered at our campuses in:

  • Uganda

Applicants must meet the following minimum university entrance requirements:

  • Must have form four (IV) level of education with a pass in the National examination (minimum aggregate of division four (IV)).

  • Must have a passing grade in English and Biology/Biological Science (s) plus a passing grade in one of the following subjects: Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics or Physical Sciences.

  • Must be enrolled nurses with current license/registration with the Tanzania or Zanzibar nurses and Midwives Council.

  • Must have a minimum of two years of continuous nursing experience in a clinical setting.

  • Must be working in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania or its surrounding areas or Zanzibar.

Please contact your local campus to obtain the application form. Before submitting an application, you must ensure that you have complied with the instructions stipulated on the form. Applicant should provide:

  • Completed and signed application for admission

  • Certified copy of secondary school certificate

  • Certified copy of Enrolled Nursing certificate

  • Certified copy of Enrolled Nursing transcript

  • Certified copy of certificate of enrollment/registration with applicable Nursing Council (Tanzania or Zanzibar)

  • Letter of release /recommendation from current employer

  • Two passport-sized photographs

The curriculum includes biomedical sciences, social sciences, general/clinical nursing; midwifery and related subjects. In particular, this programme offers 25 courses.

A total of 1,510 hours are dedicated to direct contact with the faculty in classroom teaching and supervised clinical learning activities. A total of 1,040 hours are set out for self-directed learning activities. In addition, students will complete a total of 55 weeks (or 1,650) in specified clinical placements as required by the Nursing Council of Kenya.

The clinical learning component will take place within students' work environment and other clinical settings under the supervision of trained preceptors. Each placement will have specific learning objectives to guide the learning that will take place in approved hospitals, psychiatric/mental health hospitals, and community based health facilities/settings.

The programme is offered over two-and-a-half academic years consisting of a total of 130 weeks. An academic year runs from August to July every year and is divided into two semesters of 18 weeks, followed by eight weeks of intensive clinical experience. The first semester starts in the second week of August and ends in the second week of December.