Medical courses fall into different categories and classifications. The medical profession is arguably the best course one can pursue in Kenya today and ensure employment almost immediately after graduation. Doctors are needed in almost all social institutions in the society.
Healthcare is a broad segment of the economy that requires a large number of health workers to run its operations successfully. In view of this, Kenya has invested heavily in educating healthcare providers and sending them to serve in various hospitals across the country.
Where are medical courses offered?
Today, over 60 universities in Kenya offer a variety of medical courses. This has been carried forward with the Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC); A government established institute completely dedicated to provide quality and affordable education in the field of medicine. The College (KMTC) has 71 branches spread all over the country in both urban and rural conditions.
In addition, there are hundreds of technical training institutes and about 10 national polytechnics that offer courses in the medical profession such as medical engineering and medical laboratory science. All these institutions continue to train medical practitioners and strengthen the workforce in the health sector.
Where do doctors work?
In addition to the general hospital setting, we have other institutions such as schools, churches, military, prisons and NGOs that require interconnected medical personnel to effectively manage their health departments.
There are many courses that one can pursue as a therapist in Kenya. Certainly, not all of them are marketable. This article outlines a list of the most marketable medical courses in Kenya one can take upon graduation.
1. Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBCHB).
Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery is beyond reasonable doubt by far the most marketable medical course in Kenya. Physicians and surgeons who take this course undergo at least 6 years of vigorous training, which includes in-class training, practical clinical lessons and research. After a long period of training, graduates are sent into the job market that usually begins with an internship program before being fully absorbed as a physician.
A candidate who wishes to pursue a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery in Kenya must have obtained a minimum university entrance grade of C+ and at least a B grade in the following subjects: Biology, Chemistry/Physics, Mathematics/Physics. A certified doctor in Kenya earns a basic salary of between Ksh 127,000 and Ksh 583,000.
2. Clinical Medicine.
Clinical medicine is a medical course that deals with the direct diagnosis of the patient and the administration of drugs. Physicians in this field assess, diagnose, treat, and administer measures to prevent disease and infection.
To pursue a clinical medicine course, a candidate must obtain a good grade in biology, English, mathematics and physics, or chemistry. The exact grades depend on whether the candidate wants to pursue a diploma or degree course. The average monthly salary for a clinical officer in Kenya is ksh 80,000.
3. Bachelor of Nursing.
Nurses are very fundamental workers in the health sector, they perform complex tasks and help doctors with their technical tasks in hospitals. A nurse is usually trained to perform basic tasks that a doctor can perform even in the absence of a nurse. It is nurses who receive patients and give them first aid before they see a doctor or clinical officer.
To pursue Bachelor of Nursing course in Kenya, a candidate must have a B in Biology, Chemistry, English/Kiswahili and a C+ in Mathematics or Physics. The average salary of a general nurse in Kenya ranges from ksh 70,000 depending on experience, expertise and education level.
A pharmacist is a health care professional who deals with the use, preservation, and prescription of drugs. A pharmacist, also known as a chemist or druggist, issues guidelines regarding the use of drugs and warns of any adverse effects that may arise from taking the drugs. They fulfill prescriptions issued by doctors, clinical officers, or nurses.