Clinical Officer General

Clinical Officer General

About This Course

We offer this course to secondary school leavers and mature entry.

Entry Qualifications


The Diploma in Clinical Medical Sciences General for COG is an affiliated programme of the University of Zambia, School of Medicine (UNZA SOM). The Diploma in Clinical Medical Sciences General is a clinical skills and community-based training programme aiming to producing graduates capable of providing basic essential medical care and management at primary health care level. The COG programme is a three year programme with a focus on common health problems. The programme prepares graduates to bring medical care as close to the family as possible by providing basic health care services to a cross section of the Zambian population. On completion of the programme, graduates are awarded a Diploma in Clinical Medical Sciences General. The graduates are registered with the Health Professions Council of Zambia (HPCZ) as COGs. The COG programme is structured in a way that allows infusion of both theory and practical training activities for students. The practical sessions are at the ends of the first semester of year one, second semester of year one and the second semester of year two. Students undertake these practical attachments at appropriate health facilities.

The final year of study involves clinical attachment in various speciality fields of clinical practice that includes clerkships in internal medicine, surgery, obstetrics and gynaecology as well as paediatrics and child health. In addition, there are rotations in other specialty areas that include: ophthalmology, ENT, psychiatry, dermatology and dentistry.

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