Ndola Schools of Nursing & Midwifery

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  • Ndola School of Nursing & Midwifery is based at Ndola Central Hospital. It is a government Institution under the Ministry of Health of Zambia. The School is also under a regulatory body called the Zambia Nursing Council. The Zambia Nursing Council through its regulatory responsibility sets the syllabus and examinations for student nurses and midwives.

    The School also has the Secretarial, Accounts, Purchasing, Library, Transport and Maintenance Staff.

    Students usually go to Arthur Davison Children’s Hospital for their paediatric experience a hospital 10 kilometres from Ndola School of Nursing. Besides going to Arthur Davison Hospital, some go to Fiwale Mission Hospital and some other small health centers around Ndola for their rural experience.

    School of Nursing

    Duration of Training

    Direct Entry – 3 years
    In-service/Staff Development – 2 years

    Direct Entry Students comprises School Leavers while Inservice/Staff Development Entry Students are individuals who have been serving as Enrolled Nurses and wish to upgrade themselves to Registered Nurses.

    Lecture Blocks

    They are compulsory:-

    1. Foundation/Introductory Block – 12 weeks
    2. 1st Lecture Block – 14 weeks
    3. 2nd Lecture Block – 8 weeks
    4. 3rd Lecture Block  – 4 weeks
    5. Revision Block – 2 weeks

     Clinical Experience

    At the end of three (3) years training, all students are expected to have worked in:

    General Wards, Speciality area, e.g. Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Paediatrics, Ear Nose  and Throat (E.N.T), Psychiatry, Theatre, Opthalmology, Public Health both in Urban and Rural Communities.

    Major Examinations

    These include both theory and practical:

    1. Foundation Period
    2. Intermediate Examinations done at 12-14 months of training.
    3. End of 2nd Year Examination at 24 months of training.
    4. Hospital Final Examination at 32 months of training.
    5. General Nursing Council (G.N.C) / State Final Examination at 36 months of training.

    Research: Students are expected to write Research Projects and Case Studies in all Clinical Areas of experience making additional adjustments as needed.

    Vacation Leave: All students go for 3 weeks vacation leave between December and January.

     School of Midwifery


    1. Lectures are compulsory
    2. Foundation Block – 4weeks
    3. Study Blocks during course of training – 1 week
    4. Study Days – 1 per weeks
    5. Revision Block – 1 week

    Clinical Experience

    By the end of 1 year, student midwives are expected to have worked in:

    Labour Ward -12 weeks
    Ante-natal Ward – 6 weeks
    Post-Natal Ward – 6 weeks
    Special Care Baby Unit – 8 weeks
    Ante-Natal Clinics – 8 weeks
    Primary Health Clinics (Urban, Rural) – 4 weeks
    Gynaecology Ward – 2 weeks
    Community Service – Domicilliary visit 10 visits

    Major Examinations

    1. Examinations are held in the School as follows:
    2. Intermediate Examination at 6months of Training
    3. Hospital Final Examination at 9months of Training
    4. G.N.C./State Final Exam – May/June (At end of Academic Year)

    Local Exams

    1. End of Foundation Block Test
    2. Progress Test – Monthly
    3. Continuous Assessment – 6 in academic year
    4. End of Clinical Experience Test – For each Clinical Area


    • Compassionate Leave – 2weeks
    • Sick Leave – 2 weeks
    • Vacation Leave – 2 weeks (Taken at the end of training)

    Accommodation & Hostels

    The School has very nice hostel accommodation for students. There are shared hostels for the General Nursing School and non-hostel shared apartments for midwifery students. The hostels are open to other schools for use at a fee.


    Applications are written to or forms obtained from the School.

    Registered Nurse Entry Requirements

    The Entry Requirements for one to train as a Registered Nurse are as listed below:

    • Grade 12 with 5 “O” Levels
    • “O” Levels at Credit or better. Subjects: English, Mathematics and Biology/Science and any other two.
    • To pass both aptitude test and personal interviews.
    • In-service/Staff Development
    • 3 Credits (English, Mathematics and Biology/Science).
    • Recommendation from immediate supervisor is an advantage.

    Midwife Student Entry Requirements

    • Full Form Five (Grade 12) Certificate – Minimum 5’O’ Levels.
    • Post RN. Qualification – minimum 2 years Experience.
    • Professional Reference (from Supervisor)
    • Academic Report from School of Nursing
    • Gynaecological Nursing Experience (Added Advantage).
    • Interviews
    • Written Test (Based on General Nursing and Health Related Knowledge).
    • Oral Interview (pre-set questions).


    Application Forms and More Information can be obtained from the office of the:

    Nursing Education Manager
    Ndola Schools of Nursing & Midwifery
    P/A Ndola Central Hospital
    Ndola. Zambia.

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