Bachelor of Science in Medical Imaging
Medical Imaging (Radiology) is a health profession concerned with the direct administration of radiation, such as x-rays, in disease diagnosis and injury assessment. Medical imaging studies have been a cornerstone in medical diagnosis for decades as they assist in rapid and accurate detection of diseases or injuries which leads to early and proper patient management. Currently, there is no health training institution in Malawi which offers a proper training programme in advanced imaging techniques up to Bachelor’s degree level. Over years, the government of Malawi, through the Ministry of Health (MoH), has been sending individuals recruited to be radiographers to South Africa for further training in advanced imaging techniques but this initiative had proven to be quite costly hence not sustainable. In addition, a large number Malawians requiring specialized diagnosis have been referred to seek such services abroad at high and unsustainable costs, thereby draining the limited forex in Malawi.
Furthermore, one of the recommendations from the Malawi Health Sector Strategic Plan of 2011-2016 was the introduction of a BSc programme in Medical Imaging in Malawi. Considering the above-mentioned gaps, the introduction of this proposed BSc in Medical Imaging programme at will help in producing graduates who will be capable of applying their skills in accurate detection and timely treatment of various pathologies. This will improve the health standards of Malawians in line with Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS) number III, which is in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Number 3.
The programme aims to train students to develop knowledge, attitudes and skills in medical imaging in accordance with statutory requirements including quality, ethics and safety. In addition, it shall also educate scientists in medical imaging who are versatile and able to apply principles and techniques in general and advanced imaging procedures. Furthermore, the students shall acquire skills to manage and organize imaging departments in accordance with Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and conduct research and consultancy related to imaging.
Graduates under this programme can work in a wide range of careers in the medical field such as patient care, medical imaging management, imaging analysts, diagnostics etc.
-General Chemistry I
-Physics (Mechanics & Thermal Properties of Matter)
-Algebra and Trigonometry
-Language and Communication
-Introduction to Computer
-Human Anatomy & Physiology I
-General Chemistry II
-Technical and Business Communication
-Fundamentals of Imaging and Professionalism
-Safety in Imaging/Radiation Protection
-Physics fro Radiographers
-Pathology for Radiographers
-Radiographic Imaging Processes
-Anatomy for Radiographers
-Radiographic Positioning I (Practicum)
-Work Integrated Learning (General Radiography)
-Equipment for General Radiography
-Patient Care for Radiographers (Practicum)
-Ethics in Imaging
-Pathology for Radiographers II
-Advanced Computer Applications
-Quality Assurance/QC in Imaging
-Radiographic Positioning II (Practicum)
-Work Integrated Learning (Hospital Based)
-Introduction to Nuclear Medicine
-Research Methods (Project Development)
-Principles of Ultrasound
-Principles of MRI
-Principles of CT
-Principles of Mammography
-Introduction to Radiotherapy
-Business Management & Entrepreneurship
-Work Integrated Learning (MRI)
-Work Integrated Learning (CT)
-Work Integrated Learning (Ultrasound)
Work Integrated Learning (Mammography)
Malawian undergraduate students on generic intake pay K450,000 per academic year for tuition. However, the students also need K80,000 per annum for accommodation and an estimated K500,000 per annum for upkeep.
Economic fee paying students pay K2,200,000 tuition fees per annum and K160,000 per annum for their accommodation.
Foreign students from the SADC region pay US$3,000 tuition fees per annum while those from countries outside the SADC pay US$3,500 per academic year.
Postgraduate students pay tuition fees of US$5,000 or Malawi Kwacha equivalent per academic year. Other costs include K40,000 per semester residence (depends on availability) fee; living expenses of approximately K250,000 per semester payable on prorate basis; research fee of US$500 or in Malawi Kwacha equivalent; dissertation/thesis binding fee of K25,000 and yet to be advised medical insurance fee.
Entry in Year 1: MSCE, “O” Level, IGCSE, and GCE at least six credits including;
Biology, Physics, Chemistry (or Physical Science), Mathematics English.
Entry in Year 2: A-level with at least C grade in the following subject: Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics, with Biology at “O level.
Entry in Year 3: A Diploma in Radiography from either Malawi College of Health Sciences or any other international University
Any other related qualification from a recognized institution of higher learning may be assessed by the Admissions Office.