Clinical Medicine and Surgery Course Requirements

Clinical Medicine and Surgery Course Requirements has been designed to recognize that its graduands will have a strong clinical and community health knowledge in order to provide health care that will integrate curative and preventive health care.

If you missed to join Medicine at a degree level, do not worry. Clinical Medicine and Surgery course is close to it. It is one of the most popular courses, not only in Kenya, but even in the developed countries, like America where it has over 200,000 of them, Kenya has over 20,000.

Clinical Medicine and Surgery

Clinical Officers are involved in proactively managing preventative care, reaching out to patients to ensure they get recommended tests and follow up interventions.

Their major functions include; provision of curative, promotive and rehabilitative services, management of health services, and participation in health education to the public, act as catalysts of change in ensuring community is healthy for national growth, liaising with community leaders in increasing community participation in preventive health care.

You can choose to specialize later in Pediatrics’, ENT, Anesthesia, Ophthalmology, Lung and Skin, Orthopaedic, Mental Health, among others; or proceed for a degree in Clinical Medicine and thereafter proceed for a Master’s Degree. The doors are now open for you.

Clinical Medicine and Surgery Course Requirements

For admission at KMTC to pursue a diploma in clinical medicine you require the following qualification.

KCSE mean grade of C plain with a C in English or Kiswahili, and C in Biology/Biological Science, C- in Chemistry/Physical Science. C- in any one of the following: Mathematics, Physics/Physical Sciences.

These requirements apply when registering for a Diploma in the course in all other institutions including approved medical schools.


Clinical Medicine and Surgery Fee requirements

The fees for each level of the course vary and also differ per each institution you choose.

In most colleges and universities the tuition fees for a Diploma in medicine and surgery start at around Kshs. 60,000 to 85,000 per semester. Please note that this doesn’t include administrative fees, upkeep, hostel, examinations, and all other charges. This fee is for self-sponsored students which means if you are admitted through KUCCPS then your fee will be subsidized.

Before committing to any institution please inquire about the fees and other charges to be aware of all payment requirements.

Expected Learning Outcomes

At the end of the programme, a graduate of the Diploma in Clinical Medicine program is expected to:

  • Practice professional values, behavior and ethics.
  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of scientific foundation of medicine.
  • Practice clinical skills.
    Handle issues related to population health and health systems.
  • Demonstrate skills for management of information essential for policy decisions, planning and implementation of activities and programs in the health sector.
  • Apply critical thinking and research to solve problems in health-related issues.
  • Apply leadership and management skills in varying and diverse circumstances.

Clinical Medicine and Surgery Units

For a student pursuing a diploma in medicine in a Kenya institution, these are some of the units that they are required to cover.

This list is specifically for a Diploma in KMTC but the units are almost similar in all other institutions since they are guided and regulated by the Clinical Officers Council (COC).

The units are as follows per year and semester.

Year 1, Semester 1 units

  • Clinical Methods I
  • Medical Parasitology & Laboratory Techniques I
  • Medical Microbiology I
  • Medical Biochemistry I
  • Examination Module Year 1 sem 1
  • Community Health I
  • Pharmacology & Therapeutics I
  • General Pathology I
  • Human Anatomy 1

Year1, Semester 2 units

  • Clinical Methods II
  • Medical Physiology II
  • Human Anatomy II
  • First Aid
  • Pharmacology & Therapeutics II
  • Medical Biochemistry II
  • General Pathology II
  • Microbiology II
  • Medical Parasitology & Laboratory Techniques II
  • Examination Module Year 1 sem II
  • Community Health II
  • Behavioural Sciences

Year 2, Semester 1 units

  • Clinical Pathology I
  • Medicine I
  • Reproductive Health I
  • Surgery I
  • Paediatrics and Child
  • Health I
  • Pharmacology &
  • Therapeutics III
  • Health Statistics
  • Examination Module Year 2 sem 1

Year 2, Semester 2 units

  • Clinical Placement IV
  • Clinical Pathology II
  • Medicine II
  • Reproductive Health II
  • Surgery II
  • Pediatrics and Child
  • Health II
  • Community Health III
  • Pharmacology and
  • Therapeutics IV
  • Health System
  • Management II

Year 3, Semester 1 C.O units

  • Rural Attachment
  • Community Health IV
  • Special Units
  • Medicine III
  • Reproductive Health III
  • Surgery III
  • Paediatrics and Child
  • Health III
  • Examination Module year 3 sem 1

Year 3, Semester 2 units

  • Community Health VI
  • Health Services Management (Entrepreneurship)
  • Medicine IV
  • Reproductive Health IV
  • Surgery IV
  • Paediatrics and Child Health IV
  • Research II
  • Examination Module

Course Specialization Areas

Some of the areas that students can specialize in later by doing a higher diploma or undergraduate on include the following.

  • Pediatrics
  • Ophthalmology and Cataract Surgery
  • Dermatology and Venereology
  • Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) and Neck Surgery
  • Anesthesia
  • Mental Health and Psychiatry
  • Ophthalmology Advanced Refraction and Low Vision
  • Oncology and Palliative care
  • Emergency and Critical Care Medicine
  • Orthopaedics
  • General Ophthalmology

Those interested in becoming a Medical Officer (MO) can get credit transfer from some universities although it is not guaranteed.

Some will require you to start from 1st year for 6 years even if you have a diploma in clinical medicine. Contact the institution for more details.

Job Opportunities and Salary

For a diploma, the main employer of CO in Kenya is the county and central government. Other places where you can secure employment include.

  • Leaning institutions (technical colleges, secondary schools, etc)
  • Churches and missionary hospitals
  • Private hospitals
  • Insurance companies
  • Trainer in a learning institution

The average salary of a graduate with a Diploma in medicine can vary widely depending on the employers. The salary can range from Kshs. 40,000 to above 150,000 if you have specialized.

Colleges and universities offering clinical medicine and surgery in Kenya

For any learning institution to offer the course, it should be registered and accredited by the Clinical Officers Council (COC). The COC ensures the institution meets its standard for training the course.

As you register in any learning institution ensure it is registered otherwise when you finish the course the COC will not register you to practice as a clinical office in Kenya.

Some of the main colleges and universities accredited for the course are:

  • KMTC and its respective campuses.
  • Kenya Methodist University
  • Mt.Kenya University
  • Great Lakes University Of Kisumu
  • Kisii University
  • Uzima University
  • Kabarak University
  • Kirinyaga University
  • University Of Kabianga
  • Meru University
  • Egerton University
  • St.Paul University
  • St. Mary’s School Of Clinical Medicine
  • Kendubay Adventist Training College
  • Aic Kijabe College Of Health Science
  • St Joseph Medical Training College Nyabondo
  • Tenwek Hospital College Of Health Sciences
  • Our Lady Of Lourdes Mwea Medical Training College
  • Aic Litein Medical Training College
  • Outspan Medical College
  • North Coast Medical College
  • Thika School Of Medical And Health Sciences
  • Fafa Medical Training College
  • Nyahururu MTC

1 thought on “Clinical Medicine and Surgery Course Requirements”

Leave a Comment