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Tubman National Institute of Medical Arts (TNIMA)

In 1944, the American Public Health mission to Liberia assisted with the development a variety of medical services in Liberia. During this period, the school of nursing was established with its first location on Lynch Street in Monrovia but later relocated to the old maternity Center in the Bassa Community. Its third relocation is now the John F. Kennedy Medical Center. It was at the JFKMC where the Tubman National Institute of Medical Arts ( TNIMA), under the leadership of Miss Clara Barley and Major Mary Beverly, was established in 1945 through the collaborative efforts of the National Public Health services and United States Public Health Mission , the now Ministry of Health and the United States Mission in Liberia .  The School was named after the incumbent President of Liberia, President William V. S. Tubman.

In 1952, the Midwifery program was established. Also that year, the Liberian Government requested the World Health Organization (WHO) to establish the school of Sanitation after realizing that most of the population’s common diseases were a result of poor sanitation and hygiene.  The school of sanitation was established as a one-year training program until 1961 when it was raised to two (2) years and renamed in 2010 it was raised to a three-year program.

In 1964, the need to establish a physician Assistant Program for the development of Health workers for the rural areas became apparent. The Government of Liberia in collaboration with WHO and UNICEF established the Physician Program, and training began in March 1965 as a one year course. Today it is a three-year program. The Medical Laboratory which was established in 1945 to basically train Lab Technician.

However, the institution has sometimes experienced periodic closures. The last time it was reopened was in 2012. Since its establishment, TNIMA has graduated over three thousand (3000) nurses and Paramedical health workers who are contributing their quota to the health care delivery system of Liberia.

The objectives of the TNIMA are to prepare students, who upon graduation, will:

  1. Work in collaboration with members of the Health tem as well as individuals, families, and communities in the delivery of health care services.
  2. Provide evidenced-based preventive, curative, promotive and rehabilitative services to client/groups with emphasis on primary health care in rural and urban settings.
  3. Provide health education/teaching, counseling and guidance to client/groups in urban/rural communities.
  4. Identify, assess, and diagnose health problems and design strategies for their solutions in collaboration with the communities.
  5. Collect, analyze, and interpret data on community health for problem-solving and planning health services.
  6. Seek opportunities for continuous professional growth as an individual.
  7. Plan, organize, implement and evaluate health care services in both urban and rural communities in consultation with healthcare providers and other related agencies.

The TNIMA is located John F. Kennedy Medical Center compound, 21st street, Sinkor- Monrovia. Classrooms and offices are on the West Wing of Ground and first Floors of John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital. The dormitory is located towards south side of John F. Kennedy Medical Center compound.

Current Status:
TNIMA currently runs five (5) basic programs: Professional Nursing, Professional Midwifery, Environmental Health, Physician Assistant and Laboratory Technology program. All institution had a total of one hundred thirty three (133) students across all programs for 2015.

Through collaboration between the JFK Medical Center, University of Liberia and the Indiana University (USA), TNIMA commenced a Post Basic BSc. Degree Program in Nursing and Midwifery in September 2015. There are nineteen (19) students enrolled for the pilot phase.

Student Recruitment:
TNIMA recruits students from the fifteen counties of Liberia. All high school graduates with certified certificates from the West African Examination Council (WAEC) and High school Diplomas are qualified to sit for the TNIMA entrance examination. For 2016, academic year, over one thousand high school graduates have been screened and registered to sit for the entrance examination.

Learning Environment:
TNIMA's learning environment provides opportunities for both didactic and clinical experience. Classrooms and library facilities are available while clinical practices are performed at the clinical simulation labs, the Memorial Hospital, Maternity Center and three (3) other RBHS accredited health facilities.

An annual activity for TNIMA, minimum of ninety (90) students are graduated annually and turned over to the Ministry of Health for deployment into the National Health System. For 2014/2015, a total of ninety one (91) students were graduated for National Service. From 2006-2015, a total of one thousand three hundred seventy seven (1,377) students have been graduated by the institution for national service.