Course code: DNS

Level:  Diploma

Duration: 3years 



Diploma in Nursing is three years program organized by NIHS under the leadership of MOH- Directorate of Training and Professional Development.

Availability of competent and efficient human resources in the health sector is essential in the provision of the health services expected of the Government of South Sudan. A system that enhances the delivery of right quality and caliber of human resources through training is critical. This is particularly true of Diploma holder of Nurses that are constantly in direct contact with the patient/community.


The health sector has continuously evolved and in the process presented the health worker and in particular the nurse with new challenges. The new challenges call for review of the approach to training to make this Nursing cadre relevant in meeting health care needs.

By ensuring that the Certificate Nurses at all levels upgraded to diploma level to be able to meet the needs of the population in the different contexts they may find themselves in. For example it is increasingly common in the rural and hard-to-reach areas of the country to find cadres at health facilities multi-tasking on roles that they would not normally fill. Therefore, training using a competence-based approach to work alongside other health professionals would narrow the gap in health service delivery.

Course Objective

The program is to equip learners with competencies necessary to prepare them to work in health facilities within communities with minimum supervision. And also develop graduates who are able to perform nursing care, promote maternal and child health, manage lower level health facilities (including Primary Health Centre Departments in Health in County Hospital and Carry out Community health nursing.

After the programme a graduand will be able to:

  • Provide nursing care – preventive, curative and supportive and to diagnose and treat frequently occurring conditions.
  • Collaborate with other members of the health team to identify the needs – physical, mental and social of the clients and plan to meet these needs.
  • Teach health to the family and the community.
  • teach and guide nursing personnel in service as well as students in training.
  • Administer the resources and personnel within the time available towards the maximum
  • provision of health care
  • Mediate between the client health team, community, and the health authorities.

Program structure

The programme is a semester system and has six semesters with various contents covering theory and practice in hospitals and community.


Admission requirement

To gain admission into the Diploma in Clinic Medicine and Public Health course, a candidate must, first of all, satisfy the general requirements for admission to NIHS at a diploma level. In addition a candidate shall be eligible for admissions to the DCM/PH programme on meeting any of the following minimum qualifications:-

Direct Entry:

A person may be admitted to the diploma programme (entry into year one) via the diploma scheme if the person has:


Level completed

Results scored

South Sudan:


Senior 4 certificate

Minimum 60% average total scored in science subjects.                                                                                      



O-Level Certificate


A-Level certificate

Minimum third (3rd) Grade or

One principal passed and two subsidiaries,


Senior 4 certificate

Minimum Passed C+


Senior certificate

certificates equated to equivalent S.4 with at least 3 credits obtained in one sitting or a Certificate in a relevant discipline from a recognized institution.

Field placement and attachment

DCM/PH field placement and attachment (8weeks)



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