KMTC Higher National Diplomas Get Equated to University Bachelor’s Degrees
The good news was revealed to Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC) regarding the equation of the institution’s Higher National Diploma Qualifications making them equivalent to Bachelor’s degrees.
This is after the institution received a certificate of registration and accreditation from the Kenya National Qualifications Authority (KNQA) after successful evaluation and subsequent endorsement as a Qualification Awarding Institution (QAI).
This means that the KMTC’s Higher National Diploma Qualifications are now under KNQA level 7 which makes them equivalent to Bachelor’s degrees, Certified Public Accountant (CPA) III, Certified Public Secretary (CPS) or Master Craft Person I.
While Presenting the certificate, KNQA Ag. Council Chairperson CPA Rosemary Njogu praised the college aying that it has played an integral role in Kenya’s Health Sector.
“We acknowledge and appreciate the impact that the KMTC has had in safeguarding the health of millions of Kenyans and beyond our border.
“Keeping in mind that the College’s courses are designed to build critical medical skills while incorporating the effective use of modern technology, the accreditation as a QAI will bear significance in Kenyan’s medical field and the African Health Sector by extension,” she said.
On his part, the KMTC Board Chairman Amb. Zachary Muburi-Muita in a speech that was read on his behalf by the KMTC Board Director and the Chairperson of the Academics, Standards and Ethics Committee Dr Naomi Mutea, said, “the decision to register qualifications and learners with KNQA build confidence in our programmes and has therefore opened new opportunities to attract as well as enrol more foreign students while positioning KMTC as the premiere Middle-Level Medical Training College in Kenya and beyond”.
“It gives me pleasure to note that now our graduates are linked to training and career opportunities globally since their qualifications are aligned and verifiable to potential employers as well as higher education institutions,” he added.
It has been revealed that 42 KMTC qualifications were fully aligned to Kenya National Qualifications Framework (KNQA) requirements for accreditation and have been registered on the Kenya National Qualifications Framework portal. Technical officers from both KNQA and KMTC are currently working towards ensuring the remaining qualifications are registered before the end of the year.
According to KMTC Chief Executive Officer Dr Kelly Oluoch, the college will continue enhancing its processes to ensure that the quality of graduates released into the job market meets the expectations of employers and customers.
“This accreditation provides an assurance that our programmes are recognized worldwide and in return, their comparability with qualifications of institutions of higher learning enhances the employability of our graduates,” said Dr Oluoch.
Dr Oluoch said that KMTC will keep developing and implementing sound strategies as well as leverage technology besides continuing to innovate to enhance excellence in its training programmes.
The KNQA Chief Executive Officer Dr Juma Mukhwama said that to remain competitive in today’s world, the college would need to continuously focus on enhancing the accessibility of its training programmes.
He said that this can be achieved by strengthening quality to meet international standards and the relevant applicability of skills in the labour market.
According to the KMTC Deputy Director Academics Dr Nyawira Mwangi, at the moment, the College offers 93 courses that have been developed in line with local and international health training needs as well as market forces.
By the time of writing KMTC had registered 57,268 graduates who had completed their training between 2016 and 2021 with KNQA. An additional 16,000 students scheduled to graduate on the 1st of December 2022 are also set to be registered.
Among those who attended the event were Education and Quality Assurance Council (ESQAC) Chairperson Dr Chris Galgalo.