What you learn

OVERVIEW OF THE DIPLOMA IN CLINICAL MEDICINE AND COMMUNITY HEALTH

Duration of the Diploma Program

The Diploma program duration shall be Three (3) years, full time and not exceeding 5 years.

Academic years

An academic year consists of two semesters.  A semester is seventeen (17) weeks; fifteen (15) weeks of Teaching and learning and two of assessments.  There are two recess terms during which students are attached to approved relevant training sites for placement.

Method of teaching: Group discussions, Supervised practice, Demonstration and return demonstrations, Field visits, Tutorials, Simulations, Class room discussions, Case studies and case presentation and lectures.

The Award & Tittle

The Examination Board upon satisfaction that the candidate has attained the minimum requirements under relevant regulations and curriculum implementation guidelines, shall award a diploma in Clinical Medicine and Community Health. Title: Clinical Officer (known as Physician’s Assistant elsewhere)

Job description of a Clinical Officer (Physician’s Assistant)

A Clinical Officer is a general medical practitioner based at a Medical health centre and is able to perform both clinical and community health services covering diagnosis, treatment of disease, injury and minor surgery. He/she offers preventive and rehabilitative health services and refers advanced cases. He/she is able to perform management, and administrative tasks related to human and physical resources including medical legal issues and entrepreneurship engagements.

Overview of the Diploma in Clinical Medicine and Community Health curriculum

No.

Module title

Average duration

Contact hours

weeks

1.

Manage patients/clients

120 hours

4 weeks

2.

Administer general medicine

360 hours

12 weeks

3.

Control Infections

240 hours

8 weeks

4.

Perform first Aid

120 hours

4 weeks

5.

Perform primary health care

120 hours

4 weeks

6.

Provide sexual and reproductive health services

120 hours

4 weeks

7.

Manage nutritional conditions

120 hours

4 weeks

8.

Provide preventive and palliative health Services

300 hours

10 weeks

9.

Provide specialized services; Ear, Nose, Throat, Eye and Dental care, Mental Health Care

360 hours

12 weeks

10

Perform minor surgeries

480 hours

16 weeks

11.

Provide Paediatric care

240 hours

8 weeks

12.

Manage health services and Resources

120 hours

 4 weeks

Summary

12 training modules

2700 Hrs

90 weeks

Key:

TH: Teaching hours, PH: Practical hours, CLH; Clinical hours, CH: Contact hours, CU: Credit Units

YEAR 1 SEMESTER 1

Semester 1

Module Unit code

Module Unit

TH

PH

CLH

CH

CU

DCM 1101

Gross Anatomy and Physiology

30

30

30

60

4

DCM1102

Basic Principles of Pharmacology

30

30

45

3

DCM1103

Microbiology

30

30

45

3

DCM1104

Medical Psychology

60

60

4

DCM1105

Nursing  Practice

45

30


60

4

DCM1106

Medical Ethics

30

30

2

DCM1107

Computer Application

15

60

30

3



      Total

 

23

YEAR 1 SEMESTER 2

Semester 2

Module Unit code

Module Unit

TH

PH

CLH

CH

CU

DCM 1201

Systemic Anatomy and Physiology

45

30

30

75

5

DCM1202

Clinical Pharmacology

45

30

60

4

DCM1203

Pathology and Immunology

30

30

45

3

DCM1204

First Aid

30

30

30

60

4

DCM1205

Primary Health Care

30

30

30

60

4

DCM1206

Medical Sociology

30

30

2



      Total

 

22

YEAR 2 SEMESTER 1

Year 2 Semester 1

Module Unit code

Module Unit

TH

PH

CLH

CH

CU

DCM 2101

Mental Health

30

30

30

60

4

DCM 2102

Reproductive Health

30

30

60

75

5

DCM 2103

Nutrition

30

—-

60

60

4

DCM 2104

Palliative Care

30

30

30

60

4

DCM 2105

Environmental Health 

30

30

—–

45

3



      Total

 

21


YEAR 2 SEMESTER 2

Semester 2

Module Unit code

Module Unit

TH

PH

CLH

CH

CU

DCM 2201

Ophthalmology 

45

…..

30

60

4

DCM 2202

Dental Health

30

…..

60

60

4

DCM 2203

Ear Nose Throat

45

…..

30

60

4

DCM 2204

Demography, Epidemiology& Biostatistics

60


30

75

5

DCM 2205

Research Methods & Proposal Writing

30

…..

30

45

3

DCM 2206

Entrepreneurship Skills

30

…..

……

30

2



      Total

 

22

YEAR 3 SEMESTER 1

Semester 1

Module Unit code

Module Unit

TH

PH

CLH

CH

CU

DCM 3101

Medicine- Infectious diseases 

60

…..

30

75

5

DCM 3102

Paediatrics-Neonatal Health

30

…..

60

60

4

DCM 3103

Surgery-Non Traumatic Conditions 

45

……

30

60

4

DCM 3104

Obstetrics 

30

…..

60

75

5

DCM 3105

Health Service management and Leadership

30

…..

30

45

3



      Total

 

21

YEAR 3 SEMESTER 2

Semester 2

Module Unit code

Module Unit

TH

PH

CLH

CH

CU

DCM 3201

Medicine-None Infectious diseases 

45

…..

60

75

5

DCM 3202

Paediatrics-Child Health

45

…..

60

75

5

DCM 3203

Surgery-Traumatic Conditions 

45

…..

60

75

5

DCM 3204

Gynaecology 

30

…..

60

60

4

DCM 3205

Research report

30



30

2



      Total

 

21