Mount Kenya University is seeking approval to introduce a doctor training course to tap onto the growing demand for the programme.
When approved, the university hopes to have their first intake in September this year.
Chairman of the Department of Medicine, Prof Njogu Mwaura, told the Business Daily that theÂ move is pegged on the universityâ€™s vision to enhance research and science-based programmes.
â€œThe course will redefine our future as the university strives to create a curriculum that yields job creators but not job-seekers,â€™â€™ he said in a phone interview
The university will be the second private university in the country to train doctors after the Kenya Methodist University at a time when Kenyaâ€™s share of medics is below the limits set by the World Health Organisation.
University vice-chancellor Prof Stanley Waudo confirmed that the Commission for Higher Education has already approved the curriculum and the university was now liaising with Kenya MedicalÂ Practitioners and Dentist Board, which regulates the practice of Medicine in Kenya.
The university did not indicate how much it will charge for the course, but the University of Nairobi charges Sh2.8 million to train a full doctor for six years. AtÂ the Kenya Methodist University, the programme costs Sh2.7 million.
Mount Kenya University also offers Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Pharmacy and Bachelor of Science in Clinical Medicine.-Business Daily