The Diploma in Clinical Medical Sciences is an affiliated programme of the University of Zambia, School of Medicine (UNZA SOM). The Diploma in Clinical Medical Sciences is a clinical skills and community-based training programme aiming to producing graduates capable of providing basic essential medical care and management at primary health care level. The programme prepares graduates to bring medical care as close to the family as possible by providing basic health care services to a cross section of the Zambian population. On completion of the programme, graduates are awarded a Diploma in Clinical Medical Sciences. The graduates are registered with the Health Professions Council of Zambia (HPCZ) as –Clinical Officer Generals (COGs).
Entry requirements
Direct Entry:

To qualify for admission for Diploma in Clinical Medical Sciences programme, a candidate must be a holder of a full Zambian School Certificate of Education or equivalent with five subjects passed at credit level or better.

• Three of the subjects must be English language, Mathematics, and Biology:

• One or two subject(s) should come from Science, Chemistry, Physics, and Nutrition .

• One in any other subject .

Certificate holders:

To be admitted in the Diploma in Clinical Medical Sciences Programme, the candidate must possess the following:.

• Five subjects passed at credit level or better, four of which must be English language, Mathematics, Biology and Science/Chemistry/Physics.

• Certificate/ diploma in a health related programme(s).

• Registration certificate and a valid practicing certificate from the Health Professions Council of Zambia ( HPCZ) or General Nursing Council (GNC) or Zambia Counselling Council (ZCC).

Age Limit:

Students must be at least 17 years of age at the time they start the programme. There is no upper age limit. However, the Clinical Medicine department will take into account the length of training (approximately 3 years) in relation to the length of service the candidate could provide.

Health requirements:

All students offered a place in the Diploma in Clinical Medical Sciences Programme must provide a satisfactory general medical report from a registered medical practitioner before they can be admitted.

Note: The Institute shall not be obliged to take all candidates who meet the above qualifications because places are limited. Therefore the Institute will select the students on merit.

Criminal records disclosure:

Admission is subject to the Zambian laws regarding child protection and police checks. It is also considered important to ensure that an applicant's attitudes and values are such that he or she can reasonably be admitted to the health profession. Applicants will therefore be required to undertake a police check through the provisions of the Data Protection Act and provide Eden University with a police clearance.

Course Description and Duration

The Diploma in Clinical Medical Sciences Programme is structured in a way that allows infusion of both theory and practical training activities for students. The programme extends over a period of three (3) years and runs in a semester system. Each academic year is divided in two (2) semesters. The practical sessions are at the ends of the first semester of year one, second semester of year one and the second semester of year two. Students undertake these practical attachments at appropriate health facilities. The final year of study involves clinical attachment in various speciality fields of clinical practice that includes clerkships in internal medicine, surgery, obstetrics and gynaecology as well as paediatrics and child health. In addition, there are rotations in other specialty areas that include: ophthalmology, ENT, psychiatry, dermatology and dentistry.


The duration of the Bachelor of Science in Clinical Medicine (BSc CM) degree programme shall extend over a period of five (5) years (inclusive of the natural science and clerkship). Each academic year shall be divided into three (3) terms. Therefore the duration of the BSc CM programme shall normally be equivalent to fifteen (15) terms.

Exam Procedure

Students are assessed by both internal and external examinations at the end of the semester as follows:.

Year of Study Semester Examining Body
1ST Year Semester 1
Semester 2
2ND Year Semester 1
Semester 2
External (Intermediate Exam-ECOHS)
3RD Year Semester 1
Semester 2
External ( Final Exam-ECOHS)
Internal Examinations

The internal examinations are conducted by the Department at the end of the first three semesters of study. To qualify for the examinations a candidate must attend 90% of all classes both theory and practical in all courses registered for. In the third year, students are assessed in the clinical attachment areas.

Summary of Assessments
Continuous Assessment 40 %
Tests (Two tests) 15 %
Assignments (One) 10 %
Skills lab 15 %
Summative Assessment 60 %
Theory 40 %
OSCE 20 %
External Examination

These are state examinations conducted by the Examination Council of Health Sciences (ECOHS). The first state examination (intermediate) takes place at the end of the 2nd year and Final state examination at the end of the 3rd year. Assessments will be as follows.

Programme Delivery Method
• The regular method (full-time)

Students are in the school during the entire period of courses and examinations. They are requested to attend a minimum of 90% of classes to be eligible to sit for examination in that particular semester. This has been the traditional method of teaching ever since the Diploma in Clinical Medical Sciences Programme was introduced at Eden University in particular and in Zambia at large.

• The E-learning method (distance)

This is a new training method for COGs that the Ministry of Health in collaboration with ChildFund Zambia and Amref Health Africa has launched in 2017. Eden University is among the selected colleges and universities to conduct the training.

The first intake at Eden University will be launched in January/February 2017 and students are subjected to the same procedures (curriculum, assessment, hospital attachment …) as for the regular students, except for the teaching methods. For the e-learning programme, they shall be a residential period of four weeks (4) at the beginning and at the end of each semester, and a period of eight (8) weeks outside the campus.

During the first residential period, students are oriented and modules are offloaded in soft copy. Hence, having a personal computer is a requirement for every student willing to embark in the training. The second residential is reserved for skills lab and end of semester examination. Both residential periods are mandatory for all students and constitute a criteria for one to be eligible to sit for the end of semester examination.

Program Co-ordinator

Dr. Bumbangi N. Flavien, MD, MSc
Head of Department Clinical Medicine
Eden University