The Faculty of Health Sciences now offers the following programs and learning modes through the Department of Nursing and Midwifery as follows:
Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Midwifery (Online) 5 years
Mzuzu University will be offering a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Midwifery through an Open Distance and eLearning (ODeL) model with support from USAIDs Strengthening Higher Education Access in Malawi Activity (SHEAMA). The SHEAMA project has been designed to increase access to higher education in Malawi. With the global and national shortage of nurses and midwives, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Midwifery (Online) is timely because of the limited training space in most training colleges. Nursing and Midwifery Students in this program will be expected to report at the University campus or ODeL Satellite Centre for module orientation before they proceed to home study. There will be organized periods of clinical practice based on the Nurses and Midwives Council of Malawi clinical requirements for nursing and midwifery training. Students will be placed in approved clinical settings over stipulated period of time before they report at the University for end of semester examinations. The online program is designed to end the challenges of limited space for training Nurses and midwives in Malawi.
Master of Science in Nursing Education (Clinical Teaching) 2 years
The Master of Science in Nursing Education (Clinical Teaching) program has been developed to address some of the education and clinical teaching capacity challenges that nursing colleges and teaching hospitals are facing in Malawi. This program is meant to prepare human capacity in nursing that can take a leadership and innovative role in nurses and midwives training for the next generation of competent nursing and midwifery practitioners. This is a 2 year course work full time postgraduate program. The program aims at preparing a nurse/ midwife to seek a career as a nurse/ midwife educator, clinical teaching expert, or education and training manager and researcher. Graduates from the program with have an understanding of foundational principles of symbiotic clinical education, the ability to demonstrate advanced and applied knowledge and skills in clinical education. The first phase is a theoretical session where students are expected to take core modules in semester one including a core research module; core and an elective clinical speciality course (midwifery, child health, adult health, community health and psychiatric/ mental health) in semester two. Students will also be placed for clinical practice in their elective areas of specialty. The student will have teaching practicum in the classroom and clinical settings in the third semester. Students will pursue research in the second phase of the program and will end up writing a research thesis. The research project report (thesis) will take a thesis by publicationroute in form of manuscripts. The student will have at least one manuscript that has been submitted for review at an accredited peer reviewed journal in order to complete the program.
- Certificate in Clinical Teaching and Preceptorship 3 months
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Midwifery 4 years
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Midwifery (Online) 5 years
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Midwifery (Upgrading) 3 years
- Master of Science in Nursing Education (Clinical Teaching) 2 years
- Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing 3 years
Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Midwifery (Upgrading) 3 years
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Midwifery (Upgrading) is a 3 year program designed for Nurse Midwife Technicians (NMT). Until 2018 when this program was launched at Mzuzu University, the professional development pathway in Malawi for Nurse Midwife Technicians was cumbersome. NMTs were spending more than seven years in training to obtain a Bachelor academic qualification. This upgrading program shortens this long pathway to three years. Experience showed that due to limited spaces in nursing training programs in Malawi and a long upgrading pathway, many NMTs have left nursing and were getting training in completely different professional programs in order for them to gain a bachelor academic qualification. Many NMTs joined education, forestry, agriculture and nutrition programs despite spending some good years working as nurse/ midwives. Some nurses have gone even worse to undergo unrecognized nursing degree programs from other countries. However, when these nurses graduate from these programs, they still come back and work as nurses, consequently at the same professional level as these programs are not appropriate for their professional progression. The Upgrading program at Mzuzu University provides unique and excellent professional progression for NMTs in Malawi and beyond. Through the Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Midwifery (Upgrading) program, Nurse Midwife Technicians are prepared into competent state registered nurses with a deep scientifiknowledge, skills and attitudes in promotive, preventive and rehabilitative services and can operate in all settings of the health care delivery systems.
Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing 3 years
The Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing program is designed to prepare nurse and midwife scholars to develop in-depth knowledge and skills that will enable them conduct scientific research that advances the theoretical foundation of nursing practice and healthcare delivery in a changing world. The students will take a thesis by publication route to complete this program. Students will be given an opportunity for an intense mentored research experience.