University gets MDCN accreditation after years of protest

After years of protest by students of Kaduna State University (KASU), the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) has granted accreditation for Faculty of Medicine.

Kaduna State University logo

The accreditation will transform the faculty into a college to enable wide range of other Medical and allied health courses be offered.

Inability of the university to secure accreditation in the past made the state government to send some of the Medical Students to Uganda for further studies.

According to law, every university running a Medical Programme must get accreditation from the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria.

But in a letter dated April 11, 2016, written by the Registrar of MDCN, Dr A.A Ibrahim and obtained by Pulse in Abuja, KASU students would now undergo Pre-clinicals.

The letter titled, Pre-clinical Accreditation of the MBBS Programme of the Faculty of Medicine Kaduna State University, stated: “Further to the visitation made in December 2015 and the subsequent verification of the deficiencies (pointed out of the main visitation) carried on Tuesday 5 April, 2016 by the teams from the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, the report was considered by the Council on the 6 April, 2016.”

“Council, after deliberations decided that the Faculty of Medicine, Kaduna State University had satisfied the minimum requirements for Pre-clinical accreditation and directed that the accreditation be so granted to the faculty with effect from 6 April, 2016 for a maximum intake of (50) per class per academic session.”

KASU now has the recognition for the training of medical students in Human Anatomy, Medical Biochemistry and Human physiology and the accreditation will take the students to the first professional examination of the MBBS programme.

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