One of the steps taken by the Federal Government of Nigeria for the restoration of the Nation’s desired Health Care System is the training of Community Health Workers. The Community Health Officers’ Course commenced on the 15th of October, 1979 under the department of Public Health Nursing, School of Hygiene Eleyele, Ibadan. In November 1981, the School relocated to the University College Hospital, Ibadan and Mrs. C.I. Oladehinde was officially seconded to the programme to take full responsibility as the Course Coordinator. Three members of staff from the School of Hygiene also moved with her to resume in the School within the University College Hospital, Ibadan.

In 1983, Mrs. B.O. Okediji who was a Principal Nurse Tutor, was appointed as a permanent member of staff and the assistant Course Coordinator. She (Mrs. B.O. Okediji) later took over as the Coordinator of the School in an acting capacity after Mrs. C.I. Oladehinde left to work with the Oyo State Ministry of Health. Her position as Course Coordinator was later substantiated in 1988. Mrs. Ibeagha and Mrs. T.A. Ojelabi worked as Tutors in the School with Mrs. B.O. Okediji until her retirement in 1999. Other members of staff of the Community Health Officers’ Programme during the tenure of Mrs. Okediji were Mrs. A.O. Akanji (Secretary), Mrs. R. Raji (Typist), Mrs. Ogunbiyi (Hostel Warden), Mr. Atanda, the School’s driver and Mr. T. Bello who was the messanger. In 1999, Mrs T.A. Ojelabi took over the leadership of the programme as the Coordinator. She worked with Mrs. B.O. Salami, Mrs. A.O. Emikpe and Mrs. O.O. Afonja both of whom were tutorial staff of the School. At this time, the Secretary of the School was Mrs. M. Akinola who later retired from active service in April, 2006, and was replaced by Mrs. Adenike Adebiyi in April, 2016. Mrs. F.B. Ibitoye later joined the programme in 2005 and became the Coordinator in 2007. She however held this position until 2014 when she retired. Other members of staff that worked with Mrs. Ibitoye, were Mrs. S.F. Akintola, Mrs. S.O. Jenrade and Mrs. M.A. Babalola. The current Coordinator of the Programme, Mrs. O.D. Afonja was appointed in 2014. Presently, the staff strength of the Programme is eleven, comprising of the teaching and non-teaching staff. The present non-teaching staff of the programme apart from the Secretary are: Mr. E.T. Oyeniyi (Higher Technical Officer), Miss B.O. Fakankun (Clerical Officer), Mr. T.O. Raji (Clerical Officer), Mrs. Bolanle Aderibigbe (domestic staff), Mrs. Adedeji-Kayode (Domestic Staff).

Course Coordinators of the Community Health Officers’ Training Programme (Inception till date)

S/N Name Period of Headship
1. Mrs. C. Oladehinde 1979-1981
2. Mrs. B.O. Okediji 1981-1999
3. Mrs. Taiwo A. Ojelabi 1999-2007
4. Mrs. Florence B. Ibitoye 2007-2014
5. Mrs. Olufunmilayo D. Afonja 2014-till date

In 2008, the Community Health Officers’ Course was upgraded to the Higher Diploma (in Community Health) covering a period of two calendar years of four semesters. The first set of students admitted to the Higher Diploma in Community Health, graduated in 2000. On the 23rd of May, 2012, the School moved to its permanent site at the compound of the Federal Training Center for Teachers of Health Sciences, University College Hospital, Ibadan. So far, 826 students have graduated from the programme.



Besides training and graduating 826 students, the School has scored some other achievements as indicated below:

  • The one-year programme run by the School from the onset was upgraded to the Higher Diploma in Community Health in 2008.
  • Relocation of the School to its permanent site in the compound of the Federal Training Center for Teachers of Health Sciences in the month of May, 2012.
  • The School was given full accreditation for a period of four years in 2014 by the Community Health Practitioners Registration Board of Nigeria.

Nursing Education Department

The Nursing Education Department (NED) came into existence in the year 2001.  Hitherto, the schools offering nursing programmes in the University College Hospital, Ibadan had been in existence and functioning independently before the creation of this department.

At inception the schools in existence were:

  1. School of Nursing – (Basic Training)
  2. School of Midwifery (post basic training)
  3. Perioperative Nursing School (post basic training)

In 2005, Occupational Health Nursing School (the 1st in West African Sub-region) was established by the Management of UCH making the total number of schools under the department as of today to  four (4). Other Specialty (post basic) nursing programmes that are in the pipeline include Paediatric Nursing, Intensive Care Nursing, Geriatric Nursing (which would be another 1st in Nigeria and possibly West Africa), Oncology Nursing, ENT Nursing and Nephrology Nursing.

STATUS: The Schools in NED presently run diploma based Nursing Programmes at basic (General Nursing) and post- basic (Specialty Nursing) levels.

OBJECTIVES: At the commencement of the department, the objectives for establishing her include;

  • To identify other post-basic nursing programmes that can be commenced in the UCH apart from the existing one.
  • To ensure that the existing programmes are operating at acceptable standards in line with the vision and mission of the UCH.
  • To ensure that the programmes meet the accreditation standards of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria and other regulatory bodies.

In 2016 looking at the current development in nursing and in conformity with the vision and mission of UCH, the focus and mission of the department was revisited to re-strategize her for better performance and accomplishment of goals. This produced our new statements of vision, mission, motto and core values which we summarized with a logo depicting who we are and what we aim to be.

VISION: To ensure sustainability of excellence in training of qualitative and versatile nurses and build leaders for nursing and the nation.


  • Provide enabling and conducive environment that foster qualitative and polyvalent nursing education.
  • Promote standardization of School Curriculum.
  • Promote advancement of nursing knowledge base through research activities among teachers and students.
  • Ensure staff development through facilitation of sponsorship for training programmes.
  • Facilitating intra and inter-departmental collaboration in bringing theory – practice gap.
  • Ensure maintenance of ethical professional conduct among nurses through inter-departmental collaboration.

MOTTO: “Education for excellence in practice”


  • We strive to be the best in education and practice.
  • We move every block of learning with a wide view of the future of nursing.
  • We inspire our students and teachers to become leaders in their chosen fields.
  • We are best when are students are first.


  • To promote conducive environment that will enhance development of quality training and research.
  • To ensure commitment to developing professional nurses that will be equipped with nursing knowledge and skills for therapeutic, preventive and promotive care in collaboration with other health professionals and taking on leadership roles.
  • To inspire teachers and students in the development of knowledge and skills necessary for the provision of excellent, effective and acceptable health care to individuals and communities.
  • Contributing to the existing body of knowledge in nursing practice.
  • Meeting manpower need of health care delivery system in Nigeria through advocating for establishment of relevant training schools to facilitate specialization in nursing


Admissions into the schools under NED follow the same pattern and it is based strictly on merit and excellent performance of the eligible candidates.  The process starts with advertisements in the daily papers inviting prospective and interested individuals who possess the required pre-requisite to purchase the forms from the various schools of their interest.  These candidates then sit for a competitive entrance examination. That is followed by another rigorous selection interview consisting of writing quiz, essay and oral interview, following which candidates are selected based on their performance during the admission procedures.  The number selected finally by each school is determined by the approved intake for the School by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria.


The four schools presents their students for the final qualifying examination of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria every year and it is heartwarming to note that the schools usually score between 94% and 100% in the various examinations, so much so that the N&MCN has commended the schools for their performance. The products of all the schools are found working in various areas of health care delivery institutions and related services and are making their marks in holding various positions of responsibility and authority in nursing profession and other disciplines all over the world.

FORMER AND PRESENT HEADS OF DEPARTMENT: Much of the achievements of this young department can be alluded to the efforts of her past leaders and the support they enjoyed from the management of UCH over the years.

  1. Lillian U. Aneni – 1st  HOD/ Assistant Director (Nursing Education) – April – July, 2001.
  2. Stella A. Babalola – HOD/Deputy Director (Nursing Education) – June, 2002 – April, 2008
  3. Christiana A. Owopetu – HOD/Deputy Director (Nursing Education) – April 2008 – October, 2009.
  4. Iyabo O. Afolabi – HOD/Deputy Director (Nursing Education) – October 2009 – June, 2011.
  5. Abosede F. Jinadu – HOD/Deputy Director (Nursing Education) – July 2011 – February, 2014
  6. Taiwo A. Otufale – HOD/Deputy Director (Nursing Education) – February – March, 2014
  7. Fehintola A. Ogunde – HOD/Deputy Director (Nursing Education) – April, 2014 – December, 2015.
  8. Moronke O. Awodiya – Current HOD/Deputy Director (Nursing Training) – January, 2016 till date..




INTRODUCTION: A midwife is a person who has successfully completed a programme of instructions in midwifery, duly registered and licensed by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria to practice as a professional midwife providing health care in all areas of clinical practice such as the home, community, clinics and other health care institutions.  By this education and competence, the practitioner is able to make independent judgment, manage normal pregnancy, labour and pueperium, provide appropriate care including family planning recognize deviations from normal, manage emergencies and make prompt referrals to appropriate levels of health care

The School of Midwifery, University College Hospital, Ibadan was founded on October 10, 1957 with motto “Excellence in midwifery Education”.

This school provides a one and a half year (18 months) programme, which will prepare the Registered Nurse to qualify and be licensed as a Registered Midwife by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of

Nigeria (NMCN).    To this end, the practice of midwifery is maintained at an internationally recognized standard, and its curriculum planned and implemented to meet the needs of West African sub-region particularly Nigeria. The school has graduated 2,509 midwives to date






The School of Occupational Health Nursing (SOHN), University College Hospital, (UCH) Ibadan started following the vision of the nursing education department of the University College Hospital, Ibadan in line with the objectives for which the hospital was established which among others is to train and develop the capacity of health care practitioners.  Occupational health in general and as a specialty has not received much attention in Nigeria hence the UCH in line with her motto  took up the responsibility of establishing training school for nurses who will specialize in providing health care service to facilitate the promotion of occupational health in Nigeria.

The Nursing Education Department of the UCH, Ibadan under the headship of Mrs. S. A. Babalola constituted a committee of experienced nurse and midwife educators that developed a comprehensive curriculum for occupational health nursing for a period of 12 calendar months.  The school with the motto Work, safety and Health was given a provisional approval to commence the post basic Occupational Health Nursing course with effect from January, 2005

The school however admitted her first set of students on 4th October, 2005.  They comprised of sixteen Registered nurses drawn from all over Nigeria.  To date the school has produced 185 Occupational health nurses duly registered and licensed by the N&MCN. The products of the school following success at the final qualifying examination of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria are registered and licensed to practice as Registered Occupational Health Nurses (ROHN)






Perioperative Nursing School, University College Hospital, Ibadan is one of the five post basic schools in Nigeria. Motto is aptly stated asExcellence and Integrity in Surgical Care

The school with the motto “Excellence and integrity in Surgical Care” was established as a result of the need for specialty areas in the provision of quality nursing care to individuals requiring operative treatments.

Although the school commenced earlier, it was formally approved by Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria on the 11th of June, 1990. The course is a twelve month calendar programme from mid-November of a year to the next November and it runs in semesters. The school has recorded tremendous progress in the fulfillment of the set objectives.

The school has graduated 904 Registered perioperative nurses since inception who are managers in various operating rooms in the nation and world wide.






The School of Nursing, University College Hospital, Ibadan, is the premier nursing School for the training of nurses, which was established in July, 1952, in her temporary site at Eleiyele. It then moved to the present site in 1957 after the opening of the 1st Nigerian University Teaching Hospital in Ibadan.  It started with only twelve students. The school with the motto “To Conserve Life, To Promote Health, To Alleviate Sufferingbecame the flagship of Nursing Education in Nigeria at her commissioning is still judged the best in Nigeria by the Nursing & Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN, 2012)

The School comprises of hostels with capacity for accommodating about 550 students, classroom blocks with facilities for practical demonstration, group tutorials, computer laboratory and a library. The school presently is running General Nursing Education under a Diploma Based programme.

Although, an integral part of the hospital, the School of Nursing is a distinct educational establishment in which the nursing students live and to which they belong throughout their course of training.  The school has hitherto graduated 5295 registered nurses since inception

School of Occupational Health Nursing Department

Brief History of the School

The School of Occupational Health Nursing, University College Hospital, Ibadan is the first and the only school of Occupational Health in Nigeria and West African sub-region.  It was established by the Management of University College Hospital (UCH) in 2004 but took the first set of students in 2005. The school’s mandate is to provide quality education to professional nurses in the field of occupational health nursing. The products of the school are expected to be able to function effectively in occupational health services in industries and general work places.

The school has over the last 8 years trained 162 Occupational Health Nurses working presently in occupational health services and safety department of various units of national and multinational industries, hospitals and in the diaspora. It is an established fact that workers are often exposed to hazards, injuries; diseases and disabilities that are work related which could be prevented or controlled if the necessary health care services and safe work environment are provided.

Based on these facts, the need to train occupational health nurses to render professional health care and to foster safe work environment in Nigeria is imperative.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria therefore developed this Occupational Health Nursing curriculum to prepare professional nurses who will mobilize, motivate, educate and provide health care services to workers and their families in the workplace in order to promote optimal health of workers and enhance productivity thereby contributing to the economic growth and development of Nigeria.



The vision of the school is to train professional nurses to ensure a safe workplace and healthy workforce thereby achieving optimum health and productivity to meet the overall goals of  hospitals and workplaces.



The mission of the school is to provide training to professional nurses who will take the lead, collaborate with other health related professionals to ensure health and safety of workers, the workplace, their families and the community by:

  • Educating and training all workers in an organization as well as the public on safe work practices.
  • Stimulating research and utilizing research findings to improve and promote quality practices and optimum productivity
  • Enhance quality of health care services rendered to consumers of health care, and
  • Develop and guide healthy workplace and public policies



The core values of the school of occupational health nursing are:

  • Public empowerment on safe work practices
  • Motivation of the workforce through respect and dignity
  • Collaboration for optimum productivity
  • Research and innovations for quality services
  • Positive impact on the environment and community
  • Profitability leading to organisational growth and development



The school’s mandate is to provide quality education to professional nurses in the field of occupational health nursing who will be able to function effectively in occupational health services in industries and general work places.



  • Mrs Francisca Abosede Jinadu Pioneer Coordinator   2005 to 2011
  • Mrs Pauline Ojekou Guobadia Coordinator   2011 till date




In nine years of the school’s activities before the accreditation was withheld and embargo placed on student admission, the school had trained and graduated one hundred and sixty two (162) Occupational Health Nursing Professionals licensed under the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria.

Over the years, the school has recorded an outstanding performance of 100% success in the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria Final Qualifying Examination in five years out of the nine years of operation;   in years 2006, 2007, 2011, 2012 and 2014 respectively with  written commendation  from the management of  the University College Hospital.

The products of the school are noted for their outstanding performance in various workplaces  and universities both within and outside Nigeria.


  • Collaborate with the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria to develop an carry out periodic review of a befitting curriculum for the training of Occupational Health nurses in Nigeria.
  • Plan and execute the curriculum for training occupational health nursing students up to certification
  • Coordinate teaching and non teaching programmes of the school collaboratively.
  • Teach students in class and in clinical posting during training.
  • Coordinate both academic and administrative activities in the school
  • Supervise and work as a team  to ensure the smooth running of the school
  • Supervise nursing students’  research work and carry out  researches to publication
  • Carry out both formative and summative evaluation of students during and at the end of their training and yearly appraisal of staff.
  • Organise and carry out curriculum and staff evaluation at the end of each academic year



The School of Midwifery, University College Hospital, Ibadan was founded on the 10thof October, 1957 as the First School of Midwifery in a Teaching Hospital in Nigeria.  The school is the second oldest of several schools within the University College Hospital which is a foremost school for Post Basic Midwifery Training in Nigeria. The School was opened with just twelve students and has trained a total of 2589 Midwives, who are in enviable positions both at the National and International settings.


At inception in July, 1952, the School of Nursing was temporarily located in Eleyele. Subsequently, the School was moved to its present site after the opening of the University College Hospital, Ibadan in 1957. The School started with only twelve Departments. At this time, the school was fashioned after the then St. Thomas’s Hospital School of Nursing in the UK from where Miss Louise Bell (MBE) who was the founding principal was seconded to Nigeria.

The school boasts of hostels with a capacity for accommodating about 400 students, classroom blocks which are modern and well equipped; with facilities for practical demonstration, group tutorials, science and computer laboratories, a library and a standby power generating system.

Although the school still runs a diploma-based programme of basic (General) nursing, plan is in the offing to gain affiliation for a degree programme.

The School of Nursing, University College Hospital, Ibadan (fondly referred to as SONUCHI by her alumnae) has been adjudged the best in Nigeria by the Nursing & Midwifery Council of Nigeria (N&MCN) during her (the School’s) 60th anniversary celebration, based on the antecedents of the performance of her products in practice and her consistent excellent performance in Professional examinations. Over 5600 nurses have passed through the school in her 64 years of existence. Some of these individuals hold high positions in various organizations and are making their marks in the health care delivery system/institutions and other public/private organizations in Nigeria and Diaspora. This is why a SONUCHIAA (alumnae) member (Mrs. Catherine Ejimoton, the 1stAssitant Director of Nursing in UCH) refers to SONUCHI as a school that offers a certificate but with the opportunity for multiple visas.



The establishment of a University College in Nigeria in 1948, which was affiliated to the University of London, with a proposal to establish a medical school and a teaching hospital, led to the need to train indigenous officers to man the first Medical Records Department. The Nigerians that were sponsored in this regard by the Federal Ministry of Health to receive training in Britain, underwent induction courses at the University College Hospital, Ibadan before proceeding to Britain for full professional training. Prominent among these were Justice Akpabio, Miss Williams now Mrs. Wari-Toby, Messrs Jagun, Kuruye-Alele and F.O. Omigie.

At inception, the management of the School of Health Information Management was joined with that of the Department of Medical Records. Thus, it would be impossible to speak about the history of the School without making adequate reference to the Department of Medical Records. The School however gained total autonomy in 2010.

The first Head of Department of Medical Records was Mr. R.P. Waye who was assisted by Mr. Lehan. Shortly before the retirement of the foreign officers in the Health Records Department, Mr. I. Ogbuah and Mr. A. Onasanya were sponsored to train in England in order to prepare them to take over the mantle of headship of the Health Records Department of the University College Hospital, Ibadan. Mr. S.I. Ogbuah later assumed headship of the department upon his arrival and was assisted by Mr. A. Onasanya. Mr Ogbuah later left the institution as a result of the Nigerian Civil War. After his departure, Mr F.O. Shoge who had earlier (in 1964) been sponsored to England by the Hospital to receive training, became the head of the department. During his tenure as head, the School of Medical Records and Biostatistics was established (in 1976). Mr. F.A.O. Shoge later retired voluntarily in October, 1989. After his retirement, Mr. P.A Adio took over as Head of the Department. He (Mr. P.A. Adio) continued as head until 1999 when he retired. After Mr. P.A. Adio’s retirement, there was a vacuum brought about by the belief of Mr. P.A. Adio that none of the records officers on ground were capable of handling the Department as well as the School. However, Mr. E.K.T. Atinsola was appointed in October, 2000 as Chief Medical Records Officer and Head of the department. The School was later resuscitated under Mr. E.K.T. Akinsola’s headship in 2003.

In 2010, the School moved to its permanent site. After Mr. Akinsola’s retirement in February, 2010, Mrs. A.F. Tubi took over as head of the department. She was succeeded by Mrs. O.A. Fadeyibi in 2011. It is pertinent to note at this juncture that on 7th of October, 2010, the School gained total autonomy which accorded it a separate identity from the Department of Health Records. This was as a result of the directive of the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) who made the autonomy of the School (from the Health Records Department) a pre-requisite for the School’s accreditation. Following the tenure of Mrs. Fadeyibi in 2011, Mr. O. Lanlehin took over the headship of the School.

Headship of the School of Health Information Management from Inception

S/N Name Period of Headship
1. Mr. F.A.O. Shoge 1968-1976
2. Pastor P.A. Adio 1989-1999
3. Mr. E.K.T. Atinsola 2000-2010
4. Mrs. A.F. Tubi 2011
5. Mrs. O.A. Fadeyibi 2011
6. Mr. Dayo Adenuga 2011
7. Mr. Oluwole Lanlehin 2011-till date


Interim Accreditation

After several attempts, the School was visited by the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), on accreditation between the 27th and 28th of August, 2012. This is one of the feats recorded by the persistence of the Prof. Temitope Alonge led administration of the hospital.

Following the visit, the Board granted Interim Accreditation to the Institution to offer 2 streams of 30 students each of ND in Health Information Management with effect from 1st October, 2012. The Interim Accreditation allows the Institution to admit a maximum of the above stated class streams. Admission of students into the programme as indicated by the NBTE commenced with the set of students admitted during the 2012/2013 session.

Subsequently, the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) was notified on the 6th of June, 2013 of the Accreditation of the School by the National Board for Technical Education, (NBTE). In view of this, the NBTE and JAMB, regularized the students of the School for mobilization for youth service on the 7th of November, 2013. Following the regularization and mobilization of the School, the JAMB, took over the responsibility of conducting the School’s admission examination. Presently, the name of the School has been included on the JAMB brochure.



The school has gone beyond the original conception of its founders.  It has not only made phenomenal impact in the training of health information managers in Nigeria, but has over the years acquired international reputation and now, the school has become the preferred choice for the training of health information managers.

The school programme has recently undergone tremendous restructuring and redesigning, so as to provide students with the knowledge and skill to assist in planning, collating, organizing, disseminating, monitoring and managing vital information required at the local, state and federal levels in order to ensure effective and comprehensive national health care delivery.

The Hospital Management under the administration of Prof. Temitope Alonge (Chief Medical Director) increased the academic staff strength of the School by employing 12 permanent lecturers for the School. This development is a significant one resulting from the fact that the school had in the past considerably relied on guest lecturers. Now it has a viable staff force of capable lecturers.

It is worthy of note to state that the school has witnessed a ‘golden age’ since the commencement of the current administration in 2011. Some of the achievements stated above such as the accreditation of the School by the NBTE and the official recognition of the School by the Joint Admission Matriculation Board, were children of the tirelessness and quest for excellence and development of his administration. Additionally, during the Prof Temitope led administration, the school has enjoyed structural changes to its edifice, more lecturers have been employed, other required facilities have also been provided to upgrade the School.  All these have had a good impact on the outstanding performance of the students in external examinations thus leading to the production of graduates of high professional standards.




Medical Laboratory Sciences entail the study of human and animal tissues, body fluids, excretions for the purpose of diagnosis, treatment and  research to the extent that they relate to the state of well-being of the person(s) or animal(s) whose tissues or excretion are involved. The main objective for the establishment of the School of Medical Laboratory Science is to train Scientists that will be able to:

  • Use the acquired knowledge and skills to function as medical laboratory scientists anywhere in Nigeria and abroad.
  • Become leaders in the training and practice of Medical Laboratory Science.

The training of Medical Laboratory Technologists (as it was known then) in Ibadan, started as far back as 1953 in a single room in the Pathology department of the Adeoyo General Hospital, Ibadan. The system of training at the time was based primarily on evening lectures and attachment to laboratories. This continued till 1969. Organized and systematic instructions were also given. The course then took three years and at the end of the period, students were presented for the old intermediate examination of the Institute of Medical Laboratory Technology (IMLT), London. Successful candidates got the Hospital’s sponsorship to complete the final examination of IMLT, in the UK. In 1968, the Federal Military Government enacted a decree establishing the Institute of Medical Laboratory Technology in Nigeria. This decree (Decree No. 56 in the Federal Republic of Nigeria Gazettee No. 77 Vol. 55, page A 775) gave permission for the establishment of the Nigeria’s Institute of Medical Laboratory Technology.

Subsequently, the Board of Management at its meeting of 30th May, 1974 decided to award the building of the School of Medical Laboratory Technology to Messrs L. D’Alberto. This is the first purposely-built school in Nigeria for full-time training of Medical Technologists (as it was known then). When the building was completed, it was envisaged that the sessional student intake would be 120 students annually i.e. 60 students per set in order to meet the growing needs of the nation in line with the goals of the Third National Development Plan. However, the Hospital has since graduated a total number of 1300 students. This number is resultant from the fact that the hospital admits students only to established posts.

At the initial stages, the programmes run by the School were the AIMLS and FIMLS. Subsequently however, the Federal Government gave approval for the school to be affiliated to a university for the award of the Bachelor’s of Medical Laboratory Science (BMLS) degree. The affiliation which was a tripartite arrangement between the Ambrose Alli University and the Ekpoma Medical Laboratory Science, was sealed in the 2000 academic session. A change in Government policy subsequently led to the discontinuation of the affiliated BMLS programme. The students of the School in UCH, Ibadan were thereafter transferred to various Universities that offer Bachelor’s degree in Medical Laboratory Science as a course across the nation for the completion of their programme. The students have since completed the programme and are fully-fledged professionals contributing to the growth of the health sector. This development later gave room for higher and more specialized trainees who run the Fellowship Programme of Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria. Today, the School has produced over one thousand (1000) graduates inclusive of Nigerians and foreigners.

The Federal Government of Nigeria in 2003, enacted  the new Act (Act11 of 2003) establishing the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (MLSCN) which is responsible for regulating the practice and  training  of Medical Laboratory Sciences and Medical Laboratory Scientists respectively in the country. This also implies the repeal of the old Decree(s) hitherto being operated.

Headship of the Medical Laboratory Science Education Unit from Inception

S/N Name Period of Headship
1. Mr. J. E. O. Durowoju 1974-1985
2. Mr. E. A. B. Mould 1985-1989
3. Mr. G. O. Odusanya 1990-2006
4. Mrs. S.  M. Anifowoshe 2006-2016
5. Mrs. A. O. Olateru-Olagbegi 2016-till date



Since inception in 1974, the School has become a hub of academic activities in the field of Medical Laboratory Sciences/Biomedical Sciences. The school was accredited and approved for the training of Medical Laboratory Scientists (MLSs) by the then Institute of Medical Laboratory Sciences and Technology of Nigeria, (now the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria {MLSCN}). The school trains and prepares students for the first and final professional examinations in MLS. Trainings for the Fellowship and Special Fellowship examination are also available in all disciplines of MLS including;

  • Haematology/Blood transfusion medicine,
  • Virology,
  • Chemical Pathology/Immunology,
  • Histopathology
  • Medical Microbiology.
  • Parasitology

With the dynamic nature of Biomedical Sciences, the School is currently poised to update medical laboratory scientists with regular hosting of update courses.

The school has also constantly hosted professional examinations organized by the MLSCN. Professional examination hosted by the School has been above board. This fact is further supported by the reports that have thus far been received in this regard. The School is also proposed as the Centre for West Africa Postgraduate College of Medical Laboratory Science.

The activities of the department are further listed below:

  • Training and retraining of Medical Laboratory Scientists and all Laboratory Support Staff
  • Organizing Continuous Professional Development (CPD) programmes in collaboration with the MLSCN
  • Hosting of professional examinations organized by the MLSCN
  • Organizing update programmes in Medical Laboratory Sciences.
  • The Department is the hub of training/supervision of Interns



The school as a reputable training institution has trained students who have excelled in their chosen careers. These include Professors in different fields, Senators, Members of House of Representatives/Members of State House of Assemblies, Chief Executives Officers, Business Tycoons, Vice Chancellors and Deputy Vice – Chancellors of Nigerian Universities, Fellows of the Royal College of Pathologists, Fellows of the Royal College of Chemists, among others.



In a deliberate drive to improve Primary Health Care (PHC) activities within the country towards fostering health for all people, the Federal Ministry of Health in 1982 decided to set up two training institutions which will be responsible for training Tutors who will teach Primary Health Care Courses in Schools of Health Technology and allied institutions. These two institutions were to be sited in the Northern and Southern regions of the Country, respectively. To this end, the Kaduna Polytechnic, Kaduna State (in the North) and the University College Hospital, Ibadan, Oyo State, (in the South), were approached in 1983 with a proposal which they willingly accepted. Consequent to the series of deliberations held in this regard, the programme finally commenced in 1984.

Since inception, the Institute of Education and the Community Medicine Department, College of Medicine of the University of Ibadan have been coordinating the teaching activities of the Centre. The bulk of the lecturers who teach in this programme are drawn from the University College Hospital, Ibadan, and the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria.

Past Coordinators of the Primary Health Care Tutors’ Course from Inception

S/N Name Period of Headship
1. Mrs. F. A. O.  Elemide 1984-1997
2. Dr. (Mrs) J.T. Eni-Olorunda 1998-1999
3. Mrs. A. A. Adeola 1999-2008
4. Miss O. Akintayo 2008-till date




The Primary Health Care Tutors’ Course is a learner – centered agency school established for the purpose of providing quality lifelong educational opportunities for diverse citizenry of Nigeria who are registered and licensed by the Community Health Practitioners Registration Board of Nigeria to practice in Nigeria. The School offers world-class training, research and services for Primary Health Care Tutors and it seeks to be the first choice for seeking training in a conducive atmosphere, renowned for a culture of quality and excellence. Some of the facilities available within the School include a 20 bed space hostel, two (2) boreholes for water supply to the female hostel, an e-library, a 30-seater reading room, a demonstration room with teaching and learning materials, office space building for staff and two (2) generating sets for electricity supply during power outages.




The school has graduated a total number of five hundred and three (503) students as at September, 2016. Primary Health Care Tutors teach in Colleges of Health Sciences and Technology across the nation, some of them are civil servants while some are Private Practitioners at the helm of affairs of the Community Health Practitioners Registration Board of Nigeria as well as Clinicians and educators in different Primary Health Care facilities. The school is the institution of first choice for Primary Health Care Tutors Training in Nigeria. Other achievements include:

  • The school has remained at the top tier from its inception.
  • The school has required infrastructures and facilities including a large lecture room with an electronic board, library, E-room and a conducive teaching environment with hostel accommodation for students. Functional power generators are available both in the school premises and in the hostel.
  • The Primary Health Care Tutors’ Course has qualified and trained experienced, proficient and highly committed self sacrificing members of staff.
  • A strong collaboration exists with some of the departments of the University of Ibadan including the Institute of Education, College of Medicine, Department of Physiology, and Department of Statistics among others.
  • There has been a strong collaboration and affiliation with Primary Health Care Levels for clinical practices
  • The total enrolment of students between 1984 and October, 2016 is five hundred and eighty two (582).



In view of the drive within Nigeria to implement primary health care policies, Schools of Health Technology were created within the country. It was however realised after the creation of these School that there was a gap which was brought about by the shortage in the Environmental Health Officers Tutors. Resulting from this, the Federal Government of Nigeria decided to establish an integrated training center for teachers of health sciences known as the Federal Training Center for Teachers of Health Sciences.

Consequently, in 1976, the Federal Ministry of Health called on the University College Hospital, Ibadan to assist in training tutors who would teach in the Schools of Health Technology. The prompt response to this call, led to the establishment of the Public Health Inspector Tutor’s Course now known as the Environmental Health Officers’ Tutors programme, which commenced on the 18th of October, 1976, hence becoming the first teacher-education programme at the Federal Training Centre for Teachers of Health Sciences, University College Hospital, Ibadan. Many of the English speaking African countries such as Ghana, Sierra-Leone, Zambia, Gambia, and Liberia that had similar problems of inadequate middle level health manpower, benefitted from the training of the tutors offered at the Centre.

The first Coordinator of the Programme was Mr. Aaron Aderibigbe Akinbobola and was succeeded by Mr. A. Amosun while Dr. Adebayo Mudashiru Arinola took over from Mr. Amosu.  The present Coordinator of the programme is Mr. Olusesan Samuel Olubode. Below is the list of past Coordinators of the School from inception till date.

Course Coordinators of the Environmental Health Officers’ Tutors’ Course

S/N Name Period
1. Sanitarian A.A. Akingbola

(Pioneer Course Coordinator)

1979 – 1988
2. Sanitarian Abiola Olusegun Amosu 1988 – 1995
3. Sanitarian Alh. A.M. Arinola 1995 – 2010
4. Sanitarian O.S. Olubode 2010 – till present


At present, the School is located within the compound which shelters the federal training center for teachers of health sciences as well as the Community Health Officers’ Tutors Programme. The other training centers for teachers of health sciences in the compound include the Nurse/Midwife/Public Health Nurse Tutors’ Course and the Primary Health Care Tutors’ Course.


The School trains individuals to become tutors of Environmental Officers. In addition, the School runs a Health Administration and Management Course which was initiated for the benefit of middle class health workers.

Over the years, the School has maintained a sound relationship with the Institute of Education and the College of Medicine of the University of Ibadan.



The Nurse Tutors Programme was initiated in 1976 as part of efforts to implement the then Third National Development Plan as it relates to Health care Services. The Federal Government, having identified shortage of manpower as a major constraint to the provision of health care services, formulated specific health policies and objectives, for the development of the Health Sector. One of such policies was the pursuit of a more dynamic training programme than what existed in the past for the various cadres of Health Workers especially those in very short supply. Nursing education was one of such areas. The Universities, Federal Training Institutions and the Hospitals were to be further involved in the training of Health Personnel.

With the above conceived, and with the well-known reputation of the University College Hospital, Ibadan in the area of training,  the Board of Management of the hospital was approached with the plan in July, 1976. The plan was accepted with the understanding that the Federal Government, through its Federal Ministry of Health would provide necessary funds. The programme was to be of a multidisciplinary approach to train teachers for the various cadres of Health Workers. After a period of planning which spanned two years, the Nurse Tutors Programme was ready to take off. On Monday, 25th September, 1978 the first set of 29 pioneering and foundation students, (2 of which were males), commenced the course. They were drawn from 14 states of the federation and 3 Teaching Hospitals.

In response to the advice of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria, the Federal Ministry of Health in February, 1986, approved the extension of training of the nurse Tutors Programme from one calendar year to two academic sessions. As a result, the Federal Ministry of Health summoned a one week meeting of all Heads of Departments of Nursing Education and all Programme Coordinators in all the four institutions.  The U.C.H. Board of Management was duly informed and intimated with the details of the programme. The 2 years programme commenced in October 1986.

This historical background will not be complete without acknowledging the great input of Mrs. W.O. Igun SRN, SCM, B.Sc., M.Ed. She was the first Chief Programme Coordinator and she served from (inception) 1978 till December, 1988. She worked very hard to get the approval for the affiliation before her retirement. Her successor, Mrs. V.O.A. Adesina ensured that the task was completed by the department in 1989 though it could not be implemented until the 1990/91 session. The inputs of the other retired Coordinators and the present Coordinator has equally contributed to the growth of the School. Details of the Coordinators of the School are presented thus:



Coordinators of the Nurse/Midwife/Public Health Nurse Tutors Programme from Inception

S/N Name Period of Headship
1. Mrs. Winifred Oluremi Igun 1978-1988
2. Chief (Mrs.) V. Olufunmilayo Adesina 1988-1996
3. Dr. (Mrs.) Sally Adebimpe Opaleye 1996-2008
4. Dr. (Mrs.) Christiana Olanrewaju Sowumni 2009-2013
5. Mrs. Adetola Iyabo Adedeji 2013-till date



  • The School has so far graduated Seven hundred and fifty-five (755) Tutors who are to teach in the various Basic and Post basic Schools of Nursing, Midwifery, Hospitals and Schools of Health Technology, thereby increasing the manpower needed for the growth of Nursing Education in Nigeria and the West African sub region.


  • In recognition of the excellent standard of the School in the West African sub-region, several students come from different African countries to train within the School. The training of twenty-six (26) Sierra Leoneans who are inclusive of the School’s graduands, further led to the establishment of Faculty of Nursing in the University of Sierra Leone which was anchored and pioneered by the then Chief Programme Coordinator, Dr. (Mrs.) Sally Adebimpe Opaleye, who became the first Head of the Faculty of Nursing, University of Sierra Leone.


  • When the horizon of awareness was enlarged in Sierra Leone, the College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences, University of Sierra Leone sent thirty-three (33) B.Sc. Final Year students of the Faculty of Nursing for a six-weeks elective posting. The students acquired knowledge in relevant areas during the course of training. This equally generated additional income for the institution.


The Perioperative Nursing School, University College Hospital, Ibadan is one of the seven post basic schools for Perioperative Nursing Training in Nigeria. The school was established as a result of the need for specialization in Nursing with a view to improving the quality of nursing care provided to individuals requiring surgical treatments. Accreditation was given by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria to commence the training of the students on the 11th of June, 1990. So far, the School has trained Eight Hundred and Seventy-three (873) Perioperative Nurses who are managers in various operating rooms in the country and in Diaspora.  Additionally, the school has recorded tremendous progress in the fulfilment of the set objectives.