Diploma in Orthopaedic and Trauma Medicine [All you need to know]

A diploma in orthopaedic and trauma medicine is a one-of-a-kind program that prepares aspiring medics to diagnose and treat musculoskeletal system conditions.

In this article, we’ll go over everything you need to know about the diploma in orthopaedic and trauma medicine, including admission requirements, where to study for the course, and much more.

So, continue reading to the very end to learn more about the course.

Let’s get started…


Diploma in orthopaedic and trauma medicine (All you need to know)

So, what does the course entail?

As previously stated, the Diploma in Orthopaedics and Trauma Medicine is a specialized medical program that trains healthcare professionals in orthopedics and trauma care.

In a nutshell, this program provides aspiring medical practitioners with the knowledge and skills needed to diagnose, manage, and treat orthopedic injuries, disorders, and trauma-related conditions.

In short, once trained, you will primarily focus on diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal conditions, which include bones, joints, and structures that allow movement, such as ligaments, tendons, muscles, and nerves.

Therefore, if you are swift and compassionate enough to respond to emergencies, this is the course for you.

With that in mind, let us now look at the minimum entry requirements for the course…


Diploma in orthopaedic and trauma medicine entry requirements

To be eligible for this course, you must have a KCSE mean grade of C (plain) or its equivalent.

In addition, you must have scored at least a C (plain) in English/Kiswahili and Biology/Biological Sciences.

Lastly, you must also have at least a C- (minus) in any one of the following subjects:

  • Physics/Physical Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics

Alternatively, you can also enroll in the course if you have a certificate in orthopaedic and trauma medicine from an accredited and recognized institution.


Where can you study for the diploma in orthopaedic and trauma medicine in Kenya?

Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC)

When it comes to medical-related diploma and certificate courses, KMTC is the best and of course the diploma in orthopaedic and trauma medicine is available at the institution.

It should be noted that the course is available on the following campuses:

  • Nairobi KMTC campus – usually admits students during their March intake every year.
  • Nakuru KMTC campus – their intake is typically in September each year.

Also, note that regardless of which KMTC campus you are admitted to, the course takes two years to complete.


KMTC fee structure for diploma in orthopaedic and trauma medicine

For regular students:

Year 1 – Kshs. 82,200

Year 2 – Kshs. 78,000

Year 3 – Kshs. 78,000


For self-sponsored students:

Year 1 – Kshs. 122,200

Year 2 – Kshs. 118,000

Year 3 – Kshs. 118,000


Remember that in order to be admitted to KMTC, you must apply through the KUCCPS portal (when it is open for KMTC intake).

Alternatively, you can apply as a self-sponsored student directly through their website.



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Private colleges offering diploma in orthopaedic and trauma medicine in Kenya

Now, if you don’t get a chance to join KMTC (for one thing, competition for slots at KMTC is very high, so you might not get a place there), there are a number of good private schools that offer the course.

They are as follows:

Goshen Medical & Training College

Goshen Medical &Training College offers a variety of medical programs, including an orthopaedic and trauma medicine diploma.

They are located in Thika, Makongeni, just behind the leather industry along Garissa Road.

It should be noted that the course costs Kshs. 26,000 per trimester for duration of three years (that is, nine trimesters).

Click here to apply.


Telephone no.: 0750264044, 0722799348, or 0723047468

Email address: info@goshencollege.ac.ke


North Coast Medical Training College

The college is located in Bomani Village, Kikambala Location, in Kilifi County, and among the courses offered is the diploma in orthopaedic and trauma medicine.

The course takes up to three years to complete and costs Kshs. 58,400 (tuition fee only) per semester.

So, if you would like to contact the school, call 0708 235 208 or 0713 788 077, or send an email to info@northcoastmtc.ac.ke.


Nyahururu Medical Training College

Nyahururu MTC, like the other two colleges, offers the course, but unlike the others, it takes two years to complete.

Here’s how to get in touch with the school for more information:

Physical location: They are located along Nyeri-Nyahururu Highway, near Riverbank Schools in Nyahururu.

Phone no.: 0736 145,310, 0110 094 223, 0r 0777 094 223

Email address: info@nyahururumtc.ac.ke


Fee structure for diploma in orthopaedic and trauma medicine in Kenya

Depending on the college you attend, you can expect to spend approximately Kshs. 100,000 to Kshs. 150,000 per year for the course (that being tuition fee only).

Furthermore, you will also need money for meals and accommodation, industrial attachments, and learning materials, so make sure to budget properly before embarking on your career journey.


Career opportunities with a diploma in orthopaedic and trauma medicine qualification

This course can lead to a rewarding career in various healthcare settings.

Upon completion of the course, you will be able work at all levels of the healthcare system—such as dispensaries, health centers, and hospitals—in emergency response units, ambulances, casualty departments, and plaster rooms.

Among the career options are:

  • Orthopedic Consultant
  • Sports Medicine Specialist
  • Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Medical Researcher
  • Ortho Trauma Technologist
  • Orthopaedic Technologist
  • Orthopaedic Trauma Technician


Wrap up

So that is everything you need to know about the diploma in orthopaedic and trauma medicine in Kenya.

Remember that KMTC is the best institution for the course, and you can apply through KUCCPS portal once the KMTC course intake opens.

Alternatively, you can also attend one of the private schools listed above if you miss a chance at KMTC.

All you will have to do is contact them using the information I’ve provided for each, or go to their offices and inquire about when you can apply for the course.

All the best!



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