The beginning of the Seventh-day Adventist education in East Africa dates back to the establishment of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the region. The earliest church was established in Tanzania in 1903, followed by more missionary work around Lake Victoria in Kenya in 1906. In 1927 Missionary work started in Uganda and in 1928, what is now known as Kamagambo Adventist College was established near Kisii town. In addition, the church established several training institutions but none of them had offered degree programme. For this reason, students desiring to pursue university education in an Adventist institution, before 1980, had to go outside Eastern Africa. During the 1970s the Middle East College, in Beirut, Lebanon, served many such students, thus there was a great need for a full-fledged university in Eastern Africa.
The decision to initiate a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) degree arose out of a felt need. There was no University that offered Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree before 1987 in Kenya and the entire East and Central African nations. As a result, many nurses in Kenya were diploma holders, and those who desired to take the BScN program had to seek for such education in South Africa and overseas including Europe and USA. It can be appreciated that education outside the region is expensive and it may not address the unique health needs of the country.
The University of Eastern Africa, Baraton offers Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing (Community Health Nursing) respectively. It admits applicants from high school who are generally referred to as Direct Entry and upgraders with diploma in nursing who have practiced for at least 2 years.
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS DIRECT ENTRY
Minimum requirements for admission to the University of Eastern Africa, Baraton must be met.
- A mean grade of C+ (plus) or better in KCSE, division II or better, or its equivalent, is required for all pre-service students.
- A grade of C+ or credit in cluster subjects; Mathematics/ Physics, Chemistry, (or Physical science), Biology, and English.
The vision of the school of Nursing is to be the leading center of excellence in providing quality nursing education, practice, leadership and research.
The mission of the School of Nursing is to provide and advance the empowerment of student to enable them to acquire professional nursing and leadership knowledge, skills and attitudes in order to provide holistic nursing care to alleviate human suffering and give Christian witness in diverse health care settings.
To provide and advance nursing education that enables students to acquire professional nursing and leadership skills, knowledge, attitude and understanding in order to provide holistic nursing care that alleviates human suffering and promote wellness.
UEAB nurses who have graduated from both the undergraduate and master programs are working most respected hospitals here in the Kenya and abroad and some are in other government and non-government organizations and competence has been the key to this success.
Graduates acquire professional nursing and leadership knowledge, skills and attitudes in order to provide holistic nursing care through critical analysis of the problem. They take a leading role in Health care provision, research, training and health care policies development.