Tumutumu Nursing School

tumu nursing school grant progress

Tumutumu Nursing School building currently under construction.



  • Students this year – 220
  • Graduates in last year- 65

Target Areas for Sustainable Impact

  • Enable students to acquire full time employment
  • Impact community by increasing the number of qualified medical works
  • Impact mission hospitals by increasing number of qualified staff available.

The Tumutumu Nursing School is located on the grounds of Tumutumu Hospital situated in the Central Highlands of Kenya about 130 km north of Nairobi. The hospital provides care to approximately 3,000 inpatients and more than 16,000 outpatients each year. Tumutumu Hospital is one of the three mission hospitals in Kenya sponsored by the Presbyterian Church of East Africa (PCEA).

A formal nursing program began in 1929. Initially the school offered enrolled nurses training but in 1989 expanded to include community health nursing. The current program averages approximately 200 student nurses, with 220 student enrolled this year.

The Tumutumu Nursing School serves students from all over Kenya. A key part of the nursing school being on the same grounds as the hospital, students are able to work directly with patients in their training. This is also beneficial to the hospital because nurses are an important part of the hospital’s and community’s healthcare system, contributing to Tumutumu Hospital’s reputation for skilled nursing care. Medical care is available in this particular area from government services, but patients come to Tumutumu because of the quality of nursing care, the availability of medicine, and the holistic patient care.

Nursing students-TumutumuThe annual cost for tuition and fees is approximately $3,000, well above the capacity of most Kenyan families. Scholarships are critical to enabling students to complete their nursing education. Scholarships are awarded based on financial need as well as academic excellence.

MBF is working in partnership with the Nursing School to implement a grant awarded by USAID American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA) to provide new classrooms, laboratory space and dining facilities for the nursing school. With the additional facilities, the program expects to expand to over 300 students. The goal is to graduate 75 nurses and 25 laboratory technicians each year, helping to meet the need for trained medical professionals in Kenya.