Uzima University is the only university in Kenya offering only Health Science Programmers. In this regard it is a purely medical university. This is Uzima’s uniqueness and its niche. Therefore undergraduate education at Uzima is concentrated on the following degree and diploma programmers: Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB), Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSc. N), Bachelor of Clinical Medicine (BCM), Bachelor of Science in Microbiology (BSc.M), Diploma in Clinical Medicine (D.CM),Diploma in Community Health (D.CH), and Diploma in Health Records and Technology (D.HR&T).
Uzima University has been accredited by the Commission for University Education (CUE) to offer degree and diploma programmes in Medical & Biomedical Sciences. The programmes have been approved by professional bodies governing the teaching & practice of Medicine, Nursing & Clinical Medicine. These include Medical Practitioners & Dentist Council (MP&DC), Nursing Council of Kenya (NCK) and Clinical Officers Council (COC).
Uzima University School of Medicine was established as part of Faculty of Health Sciences of Uzima University, with the first group of Medical students being admitted in July 2012. The rationale of establishing the school was in order to bridge the gap for patient to doctor ratio; to support efforts of the national authorities in the AMECEA countries in providing modern health care training and research aimed at improving health and health care service delivery to the community.
The Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree programme aims at equipping students with knowledge, relevant medical skills and attitudes for quality health services in hospitals and other health related facilities and to enhance Christian living and enriching human dignity.
The School is headed by the Dean, assisted by Heads of Departments and several Committees that help run the affairs of the school.
So far, the School has graduated 3 groups of Medical Students.
Apart from teaching, our School excels in clinical service provision, and our clinical staff comprises the medical experts in our teaching hospital at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching referral Hospital..
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Courses Under School of Medicine
Welcome you to Uzima University and School of Nursing (UU-SoN). It is a humbling privilege to serve as the Dean School of Nursing and I am delighted to work with a great team.
The School of Nursing was established in October 2011 and opened its doors to the first group of students in August 2012 after accreditation by the Commission of University Education and Nursing Council of Kenya. The programme is integrated programme to prepare a graduate with capacity to provide holistic nursing care in health care system, provision of leadership in nursing practice, nursing education and nursing research.
The graduates in the various nursing programmes will be able to utilize skills based on knowledge derived from theory, practice, and evidence based on research and in relation to emerging health needs of a changing society. They will be capable of functioning effectively in a variety of teaching institutions and health care settings, to offer promotive, preventive, curative and rehabilitative services to the clients/ patients. The graduates will be able to function independently and interdependently within the multidisciplinary health care team. The upgrading programme is designed to give experienced registered nurses an opportunity to develop in-depth knowledge, skills and attitude necessary to provide holistic nursing care.
Our vision is to become a center of excellence in nursing education, research and health care for continuous improvement of the health of the people of the Great Lakes Region of East and Central Africa and globally. The School provides holistic ethical education to nursing students to acquire intellectual knowledge and skills with the right attitudes and competencies relevant to meet the health care needs of the Kenyan population and future. The graduates will be mentored to effectively contribute in achievement of improved quality of health services to the highest standards as envisioned in Vision 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and will further contribute to the promotion of sustainable health benefits and development of the nursing profession
The school has four departments headed by one chairperson:
- Department of Medical – Surgical Nursing,
- Department of Midwifery, Department of Community Health and Research
- Department of Leadership Management and Education
Rationale of the Programme
Providing training of nurses at bachelor’s degree level is one way of raising the standards of health care delivery to Kenyans, since nurses are the backbone of health service delivery.
It is envisaged that the graduates will apply critical thinking in the process and come up with practical solutions to solve the various patients /client’s health problems and needs. The improvement in the services will be achieved through integration of the knowledge, skills and attitudes acquired.
The programmes have been designed to recognize that its graduands will have a strong clinical, biomedical and community health knowledge base in order to provide quality health care that will integrate curative, preventive, promotive and rehabilitative health care.
The professional practice of Nursing is regulated by an Act of parliament (Cap.257 of the laws of Kenya). This ensures that high standards are maintained during training and practice while observing professional ethics of conduct
Courses Under School of Nursing
Current statistics show that the doctor to patient ratio is still very low in Kenya and the East African region. The ratio of clinical officer to patient is also still quite low and there is need to train more of these cadres of staff. The courses offered in the school of Clinical Medicine at Uzima University will allow the clinical officer to grow academically from diploma up to Masters and doctoral levels. The courses have a strong community health aspect which would give the graduates the opportunity to work within their own community teaching health and wellness programmes for all age groups. Uzima University graduates in Clinical medicine will have the opportunity to augment their current health profession with skills and tools to provide educational programs in their field as well as explore other educational opportunities available to them in other fields.
The School of Clinical Medicine is dedicated to excellence in the education of clinicians and scientists in all of the disciplines of medicine and biomedical investigation for careers in practice, teaching, and research. Central to this educational mission are the provision of outstanding medical care and services and the enhancement of new knowledge through clinical and basic biomedical research.
The School of Clinical Medicine at Uzima University is be recognized by its faculty, students, graduates and patients and by faculty members in other schools of medicine and research universities as one of the nation’s premier institutions for research, training and patient care. Excellence in each of its primary missions: education, clinical care and clinical research is key to this recognition.
The strategic goals of the school are excellence in education, excellence in research and excellence in innovation.
Excellence in Education
This goal encompasses the quality, breadth and relevance of the learning and teaching of our undergraduate and postgraduate students. Related sections include outstanding student experience, equality and widening participation and global impact strategic themes.
Our school aims to stimulate in our students a lifelong thirst for knowledge and learning and to encourage a pioneering, innovative and independent attitude and an aspiration to achieve success within and beyond the University.
To achieve its strategic goals the goals the Schools courses have been accredited by the relevant statutory bodies including the Commission for University Education and the Clinical Officers Council. We have also developed partnerships and memorandum of understanding with various teaching hospitals including the Jaramogi Oginga Teaching and Referral hospital, Kisumu County Referral hospital among many others. These partnerships ensure that our students get the necessary practical experiences which will allow them to cope with the complex health issues in the country. In addition there is a strong community diagnosis aspect of the training that allows the students to work and interact with rural communities writing and carrying out various projects to assist the needy communities.