The Kaduna State University (KASU) has secured final accreditation for its medical programme and now has a full-fledged medical programme that can graduate doctors with bachelor of medicine/bachelor of surgery degree.
Its vice-chancellor, Prof. Muhammad Tanko, said the decision was conveyed via a letter from the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN), signed by its registrar, Dr. T. A. B. Sanusi.
He said the decision to grant the university final accreditation was taken at the Council’s fourth plenary meeting held on December 19, 2019.
Tanko thanked the state government for its support, saying, “MDCN plenary meeting deliberated upon the report of the visitation team which the council sent to KASU’s College of Medicine in October 2019. The National Universities Commission (NUC) first granted accreditation to KASU’s medical programme in 2015, after which the MDCN accredited its pre-clinical studies phase in 2016.”
He said, “These two accreditations granted approval for the students to proceed to 300 level, but accreditation was required for the students to proceed to clinical studies. The MDCN conducted and granted the first clinical accreditation in March 2018.
“The accreditation has neutralised the long years of stagnation of students at the pre-clinical phase. This allows KASU to successfully conduct the first, second and third clinical professional examinations.”
He said further that, “In October 2019, KASU invited MDCN for the final accreditation assessment. The MDCN visitation team inspected facilities in both the College of Medicine and Barau Dikko Teaching Hospital. They were persuaded by what they saw and recommended final accreditation.
“This accreditation means that the medical students will be due to write their final professional examinations towards graduation in March 2020.”