History of Meru campus
Meru medical training college was established in1979 as a school of nursing and was mandated to train Kenya enrolled community health nursing (pre-service certificate) course. In 1987, another School of medical engineering was established to train technicians for maintenance of medical equipment. Initially the two schools operated independently but were drawing funds from the same ministry of health.
Following KMTC parliament act, the two schools were merged in 1993 with the aim to cut on the operational costs forming KMTC – Meru campus.
In 1999 the nursing department was upgraded to train basic KRCHN (diploma) and pre-service certificate course was phased- out. The department, also admits enrolled nurses (in-service certificate holders) to train and upgrade to diploma level.
In September 2006 department of clinical medicine was established to train pre-service students in clinical medicine and surgery (diploma). In September 2008 the college introduced medical laboratory sciences course for pre-service students (diploma).
The campus is situated within Meru municipality and it is about 242 kilometers from Nairobi city via Embu-Maua road. The college is situated about 1 km off Meru- town centre along hospital road.
Currently, the college has 824(Eight hundred and twenty four) both female and male students as follows:
- Nursing department – 501
- Medical laboratory sciences department –120
- Bio- medical engineering department –51
- Clinical medicine department –152
The college has current staff population of 71 (seventy one) including eight deployed from the ministry of health due to service needs.
The campus has four academic departments at the moment, namely:
- Clinical medicine
- Medical engineering
- Medical laboratory sciences.
We are looking forward to expand our infrastructure and introduce more market- oriented courses like pharmacy, health records, medical imaging sciences etc.
The college has a 51 and 25- seater buses and an old 14 -seater min-bus that are used to transport staff and students
Library services and computer lab
The library is available but not big enough to accommodate students. However, it has wide range of textbooks and other materials for references. This is supplemented by a well-equipped computer lab with internet connectivity that enables students and lecturers to access additional information.
Bio-medical engineering workshops
Practical skills for students are acquired from department’s workshops namely electronics, mechanical, clinical, electrical and hospital systems and at Meru level 5 District Hospital. Centers for students’ Clinical experiences are selected based on course curriculum. Practical experience takes between 8- 12 weeks.
Practical demonstrations and skills for nursing and clinical medical students is acquired from college skills lab and the Meru level 5 District Hospital, Clinical experience centers for rural and district experience are carefully selected based on availability of training facilities, clinical instructors and at students convenience. The duration for students’ practical experience take about 8 weeks.
Practical skills for medical laboratory students is acquired from department’s laboratory and the Meru level 5 District Hospital, Clinical experience centers for rural and district experience are carefully selected based on availability of training facilities, clinical instructors and at students convenience. The duration for students’ practical experience take about 8 – 12 weeks.
The campus has a clinic that is strategically placed, manned by competent staff, stocked with drugs for treatment of minor ailment (for students and members of staff). In collaboration with consultants at Meru level 5 hospital students may be referred on major cases of ailment
Classrooms and staff offices
Currently, the campus has 8 classrooms each with students sitting capacity of about 50 which are not enough. The college intends to construct 4 more classrooms, staff rooms including ultra- modern library cum information resource centre in next financial year 2014/2015. There are 25 staff offices but not enough
Clubs and Sports
Meru medical Training college participates in Basketball in which the Ladies basketball team won the National Cup in 2014, Rugby 7’s and 14’s up to National level, Table Tennis they participated in the National Finals, Netball, Volleyball, Football, Badminton and Handball. Meru Medical Training College also has a Taekwondo Club.
Students’ hostel and staff quarters
The college has two hostel blocks for students with a bed capacity of 428 (four hundred and twenty eight). We also have 20 (twenty) staff houses within the college and are fully occupied.
KMTC Meru Campus
P.O. Box 1584-60200