Texila Zambia’s Premed Offers Pathway to Medicine and Pharmacy
Texila American University (Texila) Zambia will with the launch of its Zambia campus in March 2017, start offering a Health Professions Foundation Programme (Premed) which is designed to prepare a student to enter the degree programmes in the university’s College of Medicine.
The 18 or 12-months full-time programme allows the student to be eligible for the College of Medicine’s Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) and Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm), respectively.
The reality is that most people who apply to college “certain” of their major and are more than confident with their career goals will inevitably change their minds . Without having the chance to properly experiment with their academic interests, many prospective Medical Doctors will experience somewhat of an existential crisis during college when asked to declare their major.
Thus, and importantly, students are provided with opportunities to learn a whole range of natural science concepts in addition to acquiring knowledge related to professional development in the health professions, and explore their academic options.
The minimum entry requirement to the Premed programme is Five (5) “O” level credits or better, which must include English Language, Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology and Physics.
The curriculum follows the semester system and includes, Part A, which has Advanced level natural sciences in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics, for two semesters, and Part B which has Health Professional Development Courses, for one semester.
Premed Learning Outcomes
- Determining a student’s major interests, be it in research, medicine or clinical care
- Acquiring foundations in the science disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
- Developing strong oral and written communication skills
- Recognising the importance of behaving ethically
- Understanding ethical responsibility as future health care professionals
- Professional Development