The Ordinary Diploma in Clinical Medicine is a three years programme, which has been developed to suit the needs of Government’s commitment to improve health care provision, labour market demands, legal and professional needs that exist in our country. It is one of the initiatives done by the Government to modernize qualifications within the health sector and optimize transferability within and across sectors and disciplines.

It is, therefore, expected that the graduates from this programme will have aspirations to become full professionals. The programme is a modular system and will operate under semester structure. This will facilitate a large degree of flexibility for the graduates’ future development.


The main objectives of this programme are to:

  • Play a primary role in clinical management of health care service delivery at mid-level
  • Practice appropriate skills as well as inculcate positive attitude and conduct relevant to the clinical medicine, preventive and curative health care services in health facilities and the community
  • Steer creativity and innovativeness in response to risks inherent in the delivery of health care services;
  • Make clinical judgments to arrive to proper diagnosis and correct management of patients utilizing broad range of clinical and laboratory procedures
  • Utilize effective health promotion strategies and counseling skills in the management of patients, clients, families and community
  • Apply basic principles of resource management and operational research principles to carry out administrative procedures in health care setting
  • Utilize entrepreneurship principles, approaches of advocacy, partnership, health economics for health service delivery with due recognition of public policies, ethical and legal limitations viii) Demonstrate skills in ICT for effective health information management


The whole programme of Ordinary Diploma in Clinical Medicine has a total of 3 years; year one 40 weeks; year two 47 weeks and year three 38 weeks of study. Each academic year is divided in two semesters.

Modules for Clinical Medicine Program

First year (NTA Level 4) Second year (NTA Level 5) Third year (NTA Level 6)
First semester Second semester First semester Second semester First semester Second semester
Communication and Counseling Skills Communicable Diseases Epidemiology and Biostatistics Surgery Advanced Computer Applications Clinical Apprentice in Internal medicine
Anatomy and Physiology I Anatomy and Physiology II Internal medicine I Internal Medicine II Management Clinical Apprentice in Paediatrics and child Health
Environmental Health Basic Clinical Laboratory Pediatrics and Child Health I Paediatrics and Child Health II Operational Research Clinical Apprentice in Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Microbiology, Parasitology and Medical Entomology Patient Care Obstetrics and Gynecology I Obstetrics and Gynaecology II Management of HIV&AIDS and TB Clinical Apprentice in Surgery
Pathology Health Policy and Medical Ethics Health Promotion Counselling Surgical Specialties
Basic Computer Applications Health Information Management and Financing Nutrition Reproductive and Child Health Ethics and professionalism
Clinical Skills Applied Clinical Laboratory Entrepreneurship in Health
Essentials of Pharmacy Practice

Ordinary Diploma Clinical Medicine - Minimum Entry Requirements

Eligible candidate for admission to Ordinary Diploma in Clinical Medicine program must have passes in Science subjects with a minimum of “C” PASS in Chemistry and Biology and “D” in Physics at Certificate of Secondary Education Examination (CSEE) OR Form six candidates with a minimum of “E” in Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Passes in Mathematics and/ or English language is an added advantage.


Ordinary Diploma in Clinical Medicine