Another degree-granting program is currently underway at the University of Liberia on Capitol Hill, through the newly established College of Health and Life Sciences. This means that the UL is now offering B.Sc. Degree separately in Nursing and in Midwifery – a dream long over-due for such national public university.
The new program, which is already current with just 19 students, is collaboration between the University of Liberia and the John F. Kennedy Medical Center/ Tubman National Institute of Medical Arts or TNIMA for four years.
Of interest to current students and many who have left the walls of TNIMA, a certain number of credits will either be transferred or accepted by the new UL College of Health and Life Sciences – supplemented by additional credits and intense courses for Bachelor’s Degree.
As we commend both the UL and JFK/TNIMA Authorities for such rewarding opportunity for a degree option to nurses and midwives for a career compatible with other degree-granting sectors of the university, we can only hope that this new development will exist in openness/fair play for a health academic environment for students of the various schools of Nursing and Midwifery across the country.
Even though this new program may be long over-due for undisclosed reasons, it is still better late than never – and we must hail the progenitors of this important development for ensuring all of the practical mechanisms, including the curriculum approved by the UL Faculty-Senate, before going public as it has been done.
Interestingly according to the program curriculum, the vision of this new development shall be “a knowledge and technology-driven internationally acclaimed program that is evidence based, practice-oriented and dedicated to developing leaders in acute and community-based care.” To this direction, we can only hope that current and future students of the UL College of Health and Life Sciences will consider this as a challenging vision to puirsue in an effort to acquire better knowledge to save lives.
Moreover, as the UL and JFK/TNIMA authorities have already done their part, it is now incumbent on the Government of Liberia, through the Ministries of Health and Finance and Development Planning, as well as the Liberian Legislature to ensure the practical and necessary budgetary appropriation/allotment in making the learning environment very conducive for the UL Administration, lecturers/instructors, students and support staff in the interest of better healthcare of Liberia. We also challenge these ministries and the Legislature to lead the consciences to the direction of complementing such financial decision with either improving or establishing laboratory facilities or logistics not only for the College of Health and Life Sciences, but the rest of the Colleges of the University of Liberia.