Diploma in Clinical Medicine and Surgery


The programme for the training of clinical officers has been recognized and executed by the government for the last 70 years. These officers have then worked as in-charges of district hospitals for a long time, until the early 70?s when doctors started taking over. The district focus policy, as a major strategy of rural development, has influenced the planning and formulation of health service programmes in the country where people are expected to participate in identifying their health needs as well as planning and implementing health care programmes.


Clinical officers have continued to play a vital role as clinicians and managers not only at the level of rural health facilities but also in the running of District, Provincial and National hospitals. They are among the first clinicians to come into contact with the patients and clients. With the expanding health care programmes and facilities there continues to be a need to increase the number of health workers to provide preventive, promotive, curative and rehabilitative health services and clinical officers are at the front line. This is so especially in the rural areas where about 80% of the population resides. The clinical medicine and surgery programme at the Egerton University has been introduced to address this need along side other training institutions. The programme aims at producing better trained clinical officers who should not only be effective in providing services but who should also be able to competitively access higher education.


At the end of the programme the graduate should be able to: -

  • Provide curative, preventive, promotive and rehabilitative health care services to the community and refer patients and clients as necessary;
  • Plan, implement, supervise and evaluate all the necessary health facility and community- based activities;
  • Organize, supervise, evaluate and carry out health education programmes in health facilities and communities;
  • Organize and carry out community diagnosis in order to identify community health needs and problems to be addressed; and
  • Manage physical facilities, finances and personnel.

Admission And Course Requirements

The eligible candidates must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Minimum university admission requirements for diploma requirement.

In addition the candidate must have a grade of at least C in each of the following subject clusters acquired from the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) namely: English or Kiswahili, Mathematics or Physics, Chemistry or Physical Sciences and Biology or Biological Sciences.

Applicants with other relevant certificates would have to be evaluated by the Faculty and recommended to the Senate for admission.

Loading and Duration of Study

This is a full time programme designed to take a minimum of three (3) academic years and a maximum of six (6) academic years. Each academic year will have three terms of fifteen (15) weeks each. The third term of the second year will be devoted to community Health attachment and the assessment will count towards the final qualifying examination.

  • One (1) lecture/clinical hour per week is equivalent to one (1) credit factor
  • Two (2) clinical hours per week are equivalent to one (1) credit factor

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