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Premedicine Program

Health Professions Foundation Program

The Health Professions Foundation Programme is an 18-months full-time programme which prepares a student to enter the degree programmes in the College of Medicine at Texila American University. Upon completion students may enrol for the medicine (MB ChB), pharmacy (B Pharm) and Nursing (BSc Nursing).

As a foundation programme embedded with scientific knowledge and one of the most fundamental components of the practice of health sciences, 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.

Key Features of the Programme

Our educational philosophy is to offer a strong foundation for future health professions education and we strive to use best practice in its delivery and assessment:

  • Strong foundations in basic natural sciences.
  • Strong foundations in health professions fundamentals (biomedical science foundation, medical terminology, and behavioural sciences).

The course is delivered by a combination of highly qualified professional lecturers from all related disciplines.

Program Specification

  • For students intending to enter Medical School, this course shall be completed in the period of One and Half (1.5) years.
  • For students intending to enter Bachelor of Pharmacy, this course shall be completed in the period of One (1) year.
  • The minimum entry requirement is of Five (5) "O" level credits or better which must include English Language, Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology and Physics.
  • 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

The 18-months curriculum follows the semester system and includes:

  • Part A (Advanced level natural sciences in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics) for two semesters.
  • Part B (Health Professional Development Courses) for one semester.
Course Code Subjects Total
HPFP Phase 1 (Semester 1)
FBO 1100 Biology-I 6 Credits (120 hrs)
FCH 1100 General Chemistry 12 Credits (240 hrs)
FMT 1100
or
Mathematics I
or
4 Credits (60 hrs)
FPY 1100 Physics- I 6 Credits (120 hrs)
FPD 1109 Professional Development (Study Skills & ICT) 5 Credits (45 hrs)
Total Credits 25/27 Credits (495/525 hrs)
HPFP Phase 1 Semester 2
FBO 1200 Biology- II 6 Credits (120 hrs)
FCH 1200 Organic Chemistry 12 Credits (240 hrs)
FMT 1200
or
Mathematics II
or
4 Credits (120 hrs)
FPY 1200 Physics-II 6 Credits (120 hrs)
Total Credits 22/24 Credits (495/525 hrs)