The University of Liberia (UL), in collaboration with the John F. Kennedy Medical Center (JFK) and the Tubman National Institute of Medical Arts (TNIMA), has introduced another four-year degree granting program in the College of Health and Life Sciences leading to Bachelor of Science degrees B.Sc. in Nursing and in Midwifery, respectively.
UL vice president for Life and Health Sciences, Dr. V. Kanda Golakai, said the new program has already commenced and has enrolled 19 students.
“These students will transfer with a certain number of credits from what they learned at TNIMA. They will supplement it with a certain number of credits from what they will acquire from the UL through the College of Science and Technology as well as the medical school. Their programs will be finalized by more intense courses being offered at TNIMA, but complementary for degree in nursing.
Dr. Golakai stated further that the Nursing and Midwifery degree option is a combined articulation program between the TNIMA, which is an established nursing training non-degree program that has been the only public option over the years to a degree option now being provided so that nurses can have a career that is compatible with other degree granting units at the UL.
Meanwhile, the UL Faculty-Senate has already approved the new program curriculum.
The vision underpinning the Nursing and Midwifery Articulation Program, according to Dr. Golakai, will be a knowledge and technology-driven, internationally acclaimed program that is evidence based, practice-oriented and dedicated to developing leaders in acute and community-based care in accordance with the program’s curriculum.
As such, a release said, any candidate wishing to enter the Articulation Program to pursue bachelors in Nursing or Midwifery must write a comprehensive entrance examination and make a pass with a 75 percent score or above. Copy of transcript from TNIMA; current copy of license as a registered nurse or registered midwife from the Liberia Board of Nursing and Midwifery (LBNM) with a minimum average grade point of 2.5 from a previous educational institution are among other key requirements for admission.
The Articulation Program requires a total of 126 credit-hours to complete the courses. Sixty-three credit hours will be transcript upon admission to the program, while another 63 credits will be transferred to the UL from the TNIMA B.Sc. in Nursing and the B.Sc. in Midwifery diploma programs.
The general education requirement core courses are 48 credit hours. It will include 32 credits of liberal arts courses and 16 credits of science and mathematics credits. The upper-level nursing credits will include 15 credits.
“Students will take these courses concurrently with the other liberal arts courses,” the release said.
Both the nursing and midwifery curriculums in place are based on the harmonized curriculum adopted by the LBNM respectively.
The nursing curriculum includes a total of 93 credits and the midwifery includes a total of 96 credits. The two programs are in compliance with national accreditation standards.
Some of the core courses in nursing include Transition to Baccalaureate Nursing, 3 credits; Administration (Leadership and management) II, 3 credits; Capstone in Specialty Nursing, 3 credits, Evidence Based Practice in Nursing, 3 credits; and Clinical Specialty Practice in Nursing, 3 credits.
Courses in the Midwifery division include Transition Baccalaureate Midwifery, 3 credits, Administration (Leadership and Management) II, 3 credits, Capstone Midwifery, 3 credits, Evidence Based Practice in Midwifery, 3 credits; and Clinical Specialty Practice in Midwifery V, 3 credits accumulating to the total grade points for graduation.