UNMEB Examination Syllabus for Certificate Nursing 2022

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UNMEB Examination Syllabus for Certificate Nursing 2022/2023

UNMEB Examination Syllabus for Certificate Nursing; Read details below:

This syllabus sets out in broad terms the subjects to be studied during preparation for Registration in the General part of the Register maintained by the Uganda Nurses and Midwives Examinations Board UNMEB.

The main aim of UNMEB Examination Syllabus for Certificate Nursing is to prepare nurses to function as efficient members of the health team, beginning with the competencies for first level positions in all kinds of health care settings.

UNMEB Examination Syllabus for Certificate Nursing

The course content have been designed to enable eligible candidates to address the health needs of the country, community, and individuals. They can also pursue advanced study and specialization in nursing while contributing to the health-based industry with patience, responsibility, and dedication.

According to the syllabus, candidates will start their examinations as decided by the UNMEB authorities, with the briefing of candidates across the country. As you can see, UNMEB Examination Syllabus for Certificate Nursing is essential to all final Certificate Nursing students of the Uganda Nurses and Midwives Examinations Board. Check Out Uganda Nurses and Midwives Examinations Board Examination Timetable.

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UNMEB Examination Syllabus for Certificate Nursing


Year1 semester1 Syllabus

CCN 111 P1: Anatomy and Physiology 1& First Aid

Anatomy and Physiology 1

·        Terms used in Anatomy and Physiology

·        Human body organization

·        Atoms, molecules and compounds

·        Cell structure and function

·        Tissue structure and function

·        Blood and its composition

·        Cardiovascular system

·        Lymphatic system

·        Digestive system

·        Skeletal system

·        Muscular system

First aid
·        Principles of First Aid

·        Components of a First Aid Kit

·        Life threatening conditions

·        Personal protection during first aid

·        First aid in medical emergencies

·        Injuries and Trauma

CCN 112 P2: Foundations of nursing1, Socio psychology and computer  

Foundations of nursing1

·        History of Nursing

·        The role of the nurse

·        code of conduct for Nurses

·        Nursing ethics and etiquette

·        Medico-legal issues

·        Composition and role of the health facility team

·        Patient’s rights

UNMEB Examination Syllabus for Certificate Nursing

·        Nurses’ rights

·          Nursing and the law

·        Nursing standards and qualities of a nurse

·         General principles and rules of all nursing procedures

·         Hospital economy

·         Use of personal protective equipment

·         Routine and weekly cleaning of the ward

·         Waste management and disposal

·         Isolation of infectious patients

·         Causes of infection

·         Medical Waste disposal and management

·         Cleaning methods

·         Carry out adequate feeding of patients

·           Perform bladder and bowel care

·           Passing a flatus tube

·           Administration of enemata

·         Ward Report

·         Lifting/positioning a patient

·         Tepid sponging

·         General principles in patient care

·         Ethics in nursing care

·         Principles of Infection prevention and control

·         Body mechanics

·         Bed making

·         Vital observations

·         Bed bath

·         Oral care/mouth care

·         Care and treatment of pressure

Socio- psychology

Definitions of terms in socio psychology the mind theories

development of human beings other concepts in socio- psychology Social issues


Introduction to computer and computing Introduction to Microsoft computer packages Introduction to internet use

Maintenance of the computers and their components


113: Pharmacology 1, and microbiology

114: practicals


Pharmacology 1

Introduction to pharmacology Prescriptions

Specific antimicrobial agents


Introduction to microbiology Prevention and control of infections Diagnostic procedures


Year1 semester 2

CCN 121 P1: Anatomy and Physiology 2

CCN 122: P2. Surgical nursing 1 and foundations of nursing 2


Anatomy and physiology 2The Respiratory system The Urinary System

The Endocrine system The Nervous system Organs of Special Senses The Reproductive system

Foundations of Nursing 2:

specialized nursing care

·          Wound dressing

·          Colostomy Care

·          Abdominis Parecentesis (Abdominal Tapping)

·          Vulva Toilet /Swabbing


·          Oxygen Administration

·          Lumbar Puncture

·          Nasogastric tube to feed patients

·          Gastrostomy Feeding

·          Gastric Lavage

·          Catheterization

·          Tracheostomy Care

·          Care of patients on traction

·         Prepare for application of orthopedic splints

·         Bandaging

·         Nursing Process

·          Take history of the patient

·         Perform Physical examination of the patient

·          Making a Nursing care plan

·          Admission of a patient

·         Nursing process

·          Drug Administration

·          Transfer patients

·          Discharge of patients

·          Last Office

Surgical nursing 1

·      Introduction to surgical Nursing

·      Pre- and post- operative management

·      Natural body defense mechanisms

·      Immunity

·      Inflammation

·      Specific surgical infections

·      Common surgical conditions


Medical nursing 1

Introduction to Medical Nursing
Conditions of the circulatory system
Hematologic disorders
Conditions of the respiratory system

CCN 123 P3: Medical Nursing


Pharmacology 2

1 and Pharmacology 2 Drugs used in special conditions
Drugs acting on specific body systems
Other therapeutics



124: Practicals

Year2 semester1

CCN 211 Medical nursing 2 and mental health nursing

CCN 212: surgical nursing 2

CCN 213: Primary health care and Palliative care

 Medical Nursing 2 and Mental Health Nursing

Conditions of the digestive system Medical conditions of the urinary system

Medical conditions of the Central Nervous system Medical conditions of the Endocrine system Tropical diseases

Mental health NursingIntroduction to mental health Common mental conditions

Therapeutic modalities in psychiatry Psychiatric nursing interventions Psychiatric emergencies

Medico legal issues in psychiatry Community psychiatric nursing

Surgical Nursing 2

·      Surgical conditions of the head and neck

·      Surgical conditions of the chest

·      Surgical conditions of the abdominal cavity

·      Ano-rectal Surgical conditions

·      Surgical conditions of the genital urinary system

·        Ear Nose throat conditions

·      Dental and oral conditions

·      Conditions of the eye

Palliative Care

Hospice concept Communication process Pain and pain control

Symptom and symptom control



CCN 214: Practicals

Spiritual needs in cancer/ AIDS patients Bereavement

Death and dying Stress

 Primary Health Care

·      Concept of PHC

·      Principles of PHC

·        Pillars of PHC

·        components/ elements of PHC

·      Evaluation of PHC services

Year 2 semester 2

CCN 221: Midwifery 1

Midwifery 1

Obstetric anatomy and physiology Normal pregnancy

Antenatal care Normal labour Normal puerperium Normal baby


CCN 222: Gynecology



Introduction to gynecology Common gynecologic conditions


CCN 223: Reproductive

Health 1


Reproductive health 1Safe motherhood Family planning

Sexually transmitted infections including HIV/AIDS Adolescent reproductive health services


224: practicals

Year 3 semester 1

CCN 311: p1: Midwifery 2 and reproductive health 2


Midwifery 2

Abnormal pregnancy,


Abnormal labour, Obstetric operations Abnormal puerperium

Minor disorders in the new born baby Abnormalities in the new born

Reproductive health 2

Post abortal care


CCN 312: p2: Community health and pediatrics


Community health

Introduction to community health Community based health care

Training of community based workers, VHCs and CORPs Stakeholders in community health activities

Community based rehabilitation services for the disadvantaged groups and people with disabilities

Preparation for disease outbreak Occupational health and safety


Growth and development Vaccination and immunization Nutrition and Nutritional disorders Diseases of the respiratory system Diseases of the gastrointrestinal tract

Diseases and conditions of cardiovascular system Diseases of genito- urinary tract

Diseases of central nervous system Endemic /epidemic diseases HIV/AIDS

Malignant tumors IMCI

Home accidents

Principles of pediatric nursing


313: health service management and entrepreneurship


Health Service Management

basic principles of management interpretation of governing principles management of health facilities and resources planning health activities

health management information system implementing health activities



314: practicals



·         Introduction to Entrepreneurship

·         Entrepreneurship skills

·         Setting up a Business

·         Entrepreneurship and social responsibility

·         Types of business enterprises

·         Business sustainability and growth

·         Monitoring and evaluating a business




1 The Board reserves the right to alter or cancel examinations. The Board may change the date, time or condition of the administration of the examination or cancel the administration of the examination to protect the safety of candidates and or THE INTEGRITY OF THE BOARD. Such alterations or cancellation may also occur if the examination is hindered by any cause that could not be reasonably prevented by the Board , including natural disasters such as fire , flood, earthquake, storm, outbreak of disease, or by acts of military insecurity: political or government authority. If any such event occurs, candidates shall be notified as soon as possible.

This is in accordance to Regulations 20 of the Business, Technical, Vocational Education and Training (Establishment of the Nurses and Midwives Examinations Board (UNMEB)) Regulations, 2009.

2 For purposes of these rules, “Examination malpractice” shall mean any act, default or practice which is in breach of these rules or which compromises, attempts to compromise or may compromise the process of assessment, the integrity of the Board examinations and the validity of the certificates awarded.

3 In order to maintain its high standards, the Board shall not hesitate to take disciplinary action against any person, candidate or centre who may indulge in examination malpractice. Examination malpractice shall include the following:

(a) Smuggling or bringing foreign material into the examination room. Smuggling occurs when a candidate without permission takes into the examination room written information which is relevant or irrelevant to the examination
questions with intention to cheat in the examination. Smuggling includes but may not be limited to taking into the examination hall text books, note books, charts, written notes on pieces of paper and on palms, thighs, desks,
clip boards, handkerchiefs, shirts etc.

(b) Leakage/prior knowledge of examination questions. This is the worst form of malpractice which occurs when candidates have prior knowledge of examination questions before they sit the examinations.

(c) Irregular activities inside or outside the examination halls (e.g Stealing scripts of other candidates, refusing to submit script, tearing part of answer booklet/question paper and causing disturbances during an examination.);

(d) Collusion or copying from one another. Collusion occurs when two or more candidates in an examination room secretly agree to assist each other to answer all or part of an examination question e.g candidates whispering or
talking or communicating in any other way to each other about an examination question, exchanging answer scripts, passing notes to each other to copy from, exposing their written work in such a position that another
candidate can read or copy from it.

(e) Impersonation. Impersonation occurs when a registered candidate hires or arranges for some other person to sit the examination on his/her behalf.

(g) External assistance. This usually happens when another person helps a candidate verbally, in writing or in any other way to answer all or part of an examination question. External assistance includes but is not limited to
dictation of answers to candidates, writing solutions to questions for candidates to copy, writing answers to all or part of a question in candidate’s answer scripts.

(h) Improper behavior. This includes causing disturbance in the examination room, disobedience, insulting or assaulting officials, using indecent language, shouting, jeering and any other behaviour that disrupts the smooth conduct of the examination.

(i) Substitution of examination scripts. This occurs when a candidate or some other person removes from the script envelope the work originally submitted by the candidate and replaces it with work done by another candidate or
another person inside or outside the examination room and during or after the examination.

(j) Failure to present the clinical record books. This occurs when a candidate’s clinical record books have not been handed over to the examiners within the prescribed time;

(k) Presenting incomplete or fraudulent record books. This is when the books which are presented are incomplete or they lack signatures, or the signatures thereon are forged and/or cannot be authenticated.

4. Any person appointed by the Board in any capacity to facilitate the conduct of the examination process, shall perform their responsibilities to the satisfaction of the Board and such a person, shall he held personally accountable for any damage or loss that may arise out their negligent actions. The Board reserves the right to terminate services of any such person on grounds of unsatisfactory performance or misconduct, and the Board may further pursue the offender in court of law, depending on the gravity of the malpractice.

5. The Board further reserves the rights to withhold release of results of the examination of any candidate or centre suspected of having been involved in examination malpractice pending completion of investigation and the final disposal of any consequent disciplinary or other proceedings.

6. In hearing cases of examination malpractice, the Board shall observe rules of natural justice and fairness. Before any sanction is communicated, the Board shall determine whether or not the alleged malpractice actually occurred. Evidence from all parties concerned like the Principal, overall Monitor, Coordinator, Invigilator and Examiners shall be gathered and an investigation report submitted to the Board by the person employed by the Board at the concerned Examination Centre. During the investigations all concerned parties shall be given the opportunity to be heard and shall be informed of the outcome of the investigations.

7. The Board may at its discretion apply any of the following sanctions and penalties against a candidate guilty of examination malpractice or breach of these rules depending on the gravity of the offence committed:

(a) A written warning regarding future examination sittings;
(b) Deduction of Marks;
(c) Disqualification from the Examination concerned;
(d) Disqualification from the whole of the examination series;
(e) Prohibition from entering one or more examinations of the Board for a set period of time
(f) Disqualify the candidate from taking the examination and cancel entire results.
(g) Police and/or other relevant authorities may be informed for further action and subsequent prosecution in Courts of Law.

8. For the following cases of malpractice, the Board shall execute the following
(a) External Assistance: Where any other person is found assisting a candidate, or in possession of examination material, that person shall be arrested and handed over to police for prosecution. A report shall be made to the
Executive Secretary UNMEB for action. The entire results of the candidate assisted shall be cancelled and such a candidate may not be allowed to sit for the other examinations.

(b) Smuggling: Any candidate found with smuggled materials inside the examination room shall be required to write and sign a statement admitting that the materials were found with him/her. Such a candidate shall have his/her entire results cancelled. Any candidate who refuses to write and sign a statement or destroys evidence shall have his/her results cancelled.

(c) Leakage: Any person found to have had prior knowledge of the examination papers or found buying or selling questions or what is purported to be questions for the examination, shall be arrested and taken to police for
prosecution. In case that person is a candidate, he/she shall be expelled from the examination room and refused to continue to sit any more examination papers. His/her entire results shall be cancelled and shall be barred from
sitting any future examinations for the next calendar year.

(d) Impersonation: Any candidate involved in hiring another person to sit examinations for her/him shall be arrested together with the impersonator and taken to police for prosecution. The Supervisor shall take a statement
from the impersonator for submission to the Board before handing him/her to the police. Such a candidate shall not be allowed to continue with examinations and shall be barred from sitting any subsequent examinations.

(e) Collusion and Copying: Any candidate found colluding or copying from one another person shall be required to write a statement accepting the malpractice. The entire results of such candidates shall be cancelled even
when they refuse to make a written statement.

9. The Board may at its discretion apply any of the following sanctions and penalties against an examination centre where evidence of malpractice is found:

(a) Formal reprimand recorded
(b) The cohort of candidates concerned in the centre may be disqualified and/or all involved candidates recorded as failed;
(c) Centre registration may be withdrawn, suspended or cancelled;
(d) Ban on involvement with the administration of examination for a set period;
(e) Punishment to the Head of centre;
(f) Police and/or other relevant authorities may be informed for further action and subsequent prosecution in courts of law.

10. The Board may in addition to the above sanctions, decide to:

(a) Make a public declaration of the names of schools and/or candidates involved in malpractice
(b)withdrawal accreditation of an examination centre where malpractice or an irregularity has occurred
(c) Report the Head of such a centre and the invigilators to the relevant organs of the ministries for appropriate action.

11. In all extreme cases, the Board shall seek the Minister’s approval before decisions are communicated. Regulations 9(3) and 21(2) of the Business, Technical, Vocational, Education and Training (Establishment of the Nurses and Midwives Examinations Board (UNMEB)) Regulations, 2009, provide that the Board may, with the prior approval of the Minister, delay, nullify, or withhold the examination results for a reasonable cause and the Board may also suspend or withdrawal an examination centre that fails to maintain the requirements, regulations and ethical standards of an accredited examination centre respectively.

12. In addition to the above and in accordance with Regulation 21(1), any person who-

(a) knowingly or negligently reveals the contents of any examination material to unauthorised persons, whether a candidate or not;
(b) with intent to fail or pass a candidate, alters the work, data, or information or scores of a candidate;
(c) wilfully and maliciously damages examination material;
(d) with intent to impersonate, presents or attempts to present or herself in the place of an enrolled candidate;
(e) with intent to gain employment or admission, presents a forged certificate or diploma purported to have been issued by the Board;
(f) sells, buys, borrows, lends or steals certificates or diplomas issued by the Board with intent to impersonate;
(g) withholds any information which is prejudicial or likely to be prejudicial to the proper functioning of the Board;
Commits an offence and is liable, on conviction, to a fine not exceeding twenty currency points or imprisonment not exceeding one year or both.
13. A candidate who is aggrieved by the decision of the Board of examination conduct or results may appeal to the Board for reconsideration in accordance with Regulation
19. An appeal made by a candidate shall be by petition stating the facts and grounds of appeal. The Board may confirm, modify or reverse its decision and its decision shall be final.

For more information and inquiries, you can contact the Uganda Nurses and Midwives Examinations Board UNMEB on:

Contact Address of Uganda Nurses and Midwives Examinations Board UNMEB

All correspondence to the Uganda Nurses and Midwives Examinations Board must be addressed to:


Location:  Plot 157 Ssebowa Road, Kiwatule, Nakawa division,

Kampala –Uganda (East Africa).

P.O. Box 3513, Kampala (Uganda).


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