Anaesthesia course in Kenya [All you need to know]

Last updated on November 7th, 2023 at 03:57 am

Below is all you need to know about anaesthesia course in Kenya (anaesthesiology course in Kenya) just in case you’re considering doing an anesthesia course in Kenya (certificate in anaesthetic assistant in Kenya)


Anaesthesia course in Kenya – all you need to know about anesthesiology course in Kenya including anaesthesia course in KMTC

First, you may be aware that this course is best for registered nurses or qualified clinical officers who want to specialize in theatre procedures/operations, perhaps in search of better remuneration or just for a change.

So your work will be assisting the consultant(s) during minor and major surgical procedures in a medical setup.

Besides, you may be hired to be providing emergency services in organizations like AMREF, St Johns Ambulance, and the Red Cross during the transfer of their patients.

Finally, as an anaesthesiologist, you may occasionally be involved in the training of anaesthesiology interns or be assigned some leadership role(s) where you work.

How long does the course take?

It depends..

For the Higher Diploma in Anaesthesia qualification, it will typically take you 18 months to graduate.

Meanwhile, The Certificate in Anaesthesia takes 6 months to complete.

I’ll be telling you about how long it takes to complete a Degree in Anaesthesia and who the course is for a little later…

Requirements for Anaesthesia course in Kenya

The minimum qualifications are as follows:


Certificate in Anaesthesia course in Kenya (for Registered Nurses)

  • You must be a Nursing Council of Kenya(NCK) registered nurse in Kenya when it comes to the nurse anaesthetist course in Kenya.
  • You must have worked as a nurse in an approved medical facility for two years(hospital, clinic, and other accredited healthcare settings).

Below now are some of the units you’ll cover when studying for a certificate in Anaesthesia course:

  • Principles of anesthesia
  • Pharmacology of anaesthetic agents
  • Preoperative assessment & preparation of patients
  • Intra-operative management of patients
  • Post-operative care of patients


Requirements for diploma in anaesthesia

Higher Diploma in Anaesthesia

  • You must hold a Diploma in Nursing or a BSc. In Nursing or a Diploma in Clinical Medicine from any accredited nursing training institution.
  • Experience as a nurse or clinical officer essential as well.

Below now are some of the units you’ll cover when studying for a Higher Diploma in Anaesthesia course:

  • Preoperative Management
  • Clinical placement
  • Skills lab placement
  • Pain management
  • Fundamentals of physics
  • Applied Pharmacology
  • Applied Anatomy & Physiology
  • Medical ethics & medical legal issues
  • Obstetric Anaesthesia & Analgesia
  • Critical Care & Resuscitation
  • Teaching Methodology & Entrepreneurship
  • Regional Anesthesia
  • General Anaesthesia
  • Principles of various Anaesthesia Equipment
  • Surgical Specialty & Comorbidity Anaesthesia


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Where can I study for an Anaesthesia course in Kenya?

Higher Diploma in Anaesthesia

You can take the course at KMTC campuses such as Nairobi, Nakuru, and Kisumu if you are a Clinical Officer which means you’re training to become a Registered Clinical Officer Anaesthetist.

On the other hand, if you’re a registered nurse who also holds a Diploma/BSc. in Nursing, you can study for your higher diploma in Anaesthesia at the following two medical training institutions:

  • Kisumu KMTC
  • Kijabe Hospital

Keep in mind that you become one of Kenya registered nurse Anaesthetists(KRNA) at the end of the course.

Certificate in Anaesthesia course in Kenya (for Registered Nurses)

The course is usually offered as a short course and KMTC used to teach it but it appears as if they stopped.

SO, sorry I do not have an accredited institution I can recommend for a certificate at the time of writing this.

Anaesthetist courses in Kenya : Degree in anaesthesia in Kenya

I had mentioned that you can also take the degree route in your journey towards becoming an anaesthesiologist in Kenya.

So here is what you need to know if taking a degree in anaesthesiology is in your mind:

You will need to train as a medical doctor first(That’s true meaning you must have passed exemplarily in your KCSE) for the usual 6 years and apply for registration as a medical doctor.

Next, you go back to University and pursue a masters in anaesthesia for an additional 4 years – in Kenya you can take a masters in anaesthesia at the University of Nairobi or Aga Khan University (Hospital)

You will, in the end, qualify as a Physician anaesthesiologist.


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A word on anaesthetic assistant course in Kenya

There are a few private training providers that advertise the anaesthetic assistant course in Kenya..well, you may not be registered as a qualified Anaesthetist.


Well, because the course is not among those accepted for registration as professional Anaesthesiologist by the Kenya Society of Anaesthesiologists(KSA)

Higher diploma in anaesthesia fee structure in Kenya

The fee varies again but for the Diploma, you can budget about between Kshs.100,000 and Kshs. 200,000 per year, depending on the training institution you will choose.

The degree route is way more expensive!


Anaesthetist salary in Kenya (How much does anaesthetist earn in Kenya)

Remuneration is sometimes not commensurate with your workload in public hospitals but you can expect to earn anything between Kshs.150000 to Kshs.250000 depending on your experience.

That said, private healthcare providers tend to pay better and you can easily exceed the above pay scale, over time.


Anaesthesia courses in Kenya – Final words

Overall, there is significant demand for properly trained anesthesia professionals locally mainly because our healthcare system is rapidly growing, creating a need for qualified Anaesthesiologists.

So you may have a bright future as a graduate of anesthesia courses in Kenya.

Remember you need to contact the institutions we have recommended in the article directly to find out when the next intake is and whether you can learn online.

Good luck!


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