HISTORICAL BACKGROUND

University of Liberia/Tubman National Institute of Medical Arts Articulation program

The Professional NursingProgram at TNIMA was established in 1945 through the collaborative efforts of the National Public Health Team and the United States Mission to Liberia and has been in operation since. The Tubman National Institute of Medical Arts” (TNIMA), is one of the four components and training arms of the JFK Medical center. It constitutes a unified local training program for Nurses and Paramedical personnel. It was named after former Liberian President, William V. S. Tubman.

In 1952, the Midwifery program was established to train midwives for two year period as opposed to the Nursing program. In 2010, The TNIMA midwifery program was then converted from a two-year to a three-year professional midwife program. The Nursing curriculum was upgraded at the same time, allowing both the nursing and midwifery programs to offer diploma/degrees. The BSc. Nursing and BSc. Midwifery curricula, built on the existing TNIMA nursing and midwifery programs, were developed with support from United States Agency for International Development (USAID), through Rebuilding Basic Health Services and harmonized with the West African College of Nursing, and was officially adopted by the Liberian Board of Nursing and Midwifery.

 

The current Bachelor program proposal was developed from 2011-2015 with USAID support to rebuild the Health Sciences of the University of Liberia. Outcomes of this funding included graduate education for TNIMA faculty in nursing education, development of an RN/RM to BSc curriculum and development of five new specialty practice upper division courses. In addition, considerable joint planning occurred between the John F. Kennedy Medical center (JFK), University of Liberia-UL, and the Indiana University (IU) that included meetings with multiple Administrators as well as reports and presentations to faculty bodies.

 

This new BSc Articulation Program for Midwifery and Nursing started in September 2015. It was developed in three phases: first phase was the pilot phase with only studentswho graduated in 2012 with a three year diploma from TNIMA. The second phase included students from other accredited Nursing and Midwifery schools and the third phase is when the University will fully take over the Bachelor program.

This program is under the life and Health sciences at the University of Liberia. It is a two year degree program with transferred credits of 63 from TNIMA (which is a 3year diploma program) to the University.

All college required courses are taken at Fendell and nursing and midwifery courses are done at TNIMA and JFKMC. The minimum required credit for graduation is 126.

During the process of the development of the curricula and the piloting phase of theprogram, Mrs. Cynthia K.B, Jones of the JFKMC served as Coordinator, while Mr. Edwin T. Kpalagolor served as Liaison Officer from the A. M. Dogliotti College of Medicine.