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Clinical Medicine - Jomo Kenyatta University

Clinical Medicine course aims at developing medical practitioners who will be able to assess patients through physical examination in order to diagnose, treat, and prevent disease.

 Bachelors Degree  5years  Fulltime Fee: on application
JKUAT
Public University Juja - Constituency, Kiambu - County

Clinical medicine is a field of medicine that deals primarily with the practice and study of medicine based on the direct examination of the patient. This is in contrast to other science fields that focus more on the theoretical and basics of medical science.

Clinical medicine practitioners conduct medical interviews on patients by assessing the patients': 

  • illness / complaint
  • history of the complaint or illness(es),
  • medical history including previous illnesses, hospitalisations, operations, and allergies
  • medication history related to the current illness
  • family history
  • hobbies, occupation, and other current activities,
  • social history such as birthplace, residence

The Bachelor of Science in Clinical Medicine course of Jomo Kenyatta University (JKUAT) will offer opportunities to Clinical Officers for further academic development and at the same time improve standards of health care services in the country.

Graduates of this clinical medicine program will be eligible to register as Clinical Officers in Kenya.

Clinical Officer (CO) is a gazetted officer who is qualified and licensed to practice medicine.

In Kenya a clinical officer operates under the jurisdiction of the Clinical Officers Council which is responsible for their training, registration and licensing and each must study clinical medicine and surgery for three or four years, graduate from an approved medical training institution, complete an internship year at a teaching hospital and register as a clinical officer then apply for a practicing license and complete a final three year period of clinical supervision under a senior clinical officer or a senior medical officer in order to qualify for a practicing certificate which allows one to provide general medical services to the public or to go into specialization.

Clinical Officers have continued to play vital roles as clinicians and managers not only in rural facilities but also in the running of district, provincial and national hospitals.

Training Clinical Officers at a higher level is one way of raising the standards of health care delivery to Kenyans since they provide about 80% of health services, especially in the rural areas.

Clinical Medicine - objectives

Clinical Medicine course aims at developing medical practitioners who will be able to assess patients through physical examination in order to diagnose, treat, and prevent disease.

This Clinical Medicine course at Jomo Kenyatta University (JKUAT) has been designed to recognize that its graduates will have an advanced training in basic sciences, clinical and community health in order to provide health care that will integrate curative and preventive health care.

Upon completing this Clinical medicine program, graduands will be able to:

  • Perform physical examination using diagnostic medical devices such as a stethoscope, tongue depressor, thermometer, etc.
  • Carry out various medical tests such as blood tests, biopsy, etc.
  • Prescribe treatment based on information gathered from
    • oral interview
    • physical examination
    • medical test results
  • Document medical data in the patients medical record.

This program will also give an opportunity for the practicing Clinical Officers to upgrade their education and skills while opening avenues for the graduates to advance in postgraduate and research areas.

Entry requirements

  1. Applicants must have attained a Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) mean grade of B (Minus) or its equivalent and passed in the subject cluster as indicated here below:
    • Biology B (Minus)
    • Chemistry B (Minus)
    • Mathematics or Physics B (Minus)
    • English or Kiswahili B (Minus)
  2. Advanced level or equivalent with a minimum of two principal passes in Biology and Chemistry and a subsidiary pass in Mathematics or Physics.
  3. Diploma in Clinical Medicine and Surgery candidates who have passed with at least a ―credit‖ and above plus mean grade of C (Plain) in KCSE or equivalent or relevant health-related medical course from an institution recognized by Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology(JKUAT).
  4. Clinical Officers with a Higher National Diploma in a related discipline who will need to enroll in this program will have an added advantage.

A maximum forty percent (40%) credit transfer of the Senate approved credit factors towards the requirements for the degree program will be given where applicable

Clinical Medicine - course content

The program consists of 5 years with clinical rotations at medical centres.