AUIB | College of Health Sciences

College of Health Sciences (Phase I): Starting September of 2019

The College of Health Sciences at AUIB is reflecting a national priority: Healthcare is a social imperative. With that in mind, the University will establish a College of Health Sciences as well as College of Medicine with the added benefit of English-language instruction. As healthcare and medicine becomes increasingly international in delivery, fostering skills that can work seamlessly in a global environment it will provide a significant benefit for society.

Education and training in healthcare services and medical practice is an expensive investment and will require substantial planning along with global collaboration. As a significant national priority, a national healthcare education strategy should will developed in close collaboration with the Iraqi government.

The College of Health Sciences will eventually be comprised of three schools including the School of Pharmacy, School of Dentistry, School of Nursing. A separate college of Medicine is planned for the future.

The School of Pharmacy and School of Dentistry will be the first elements to be established in the College of Health Sciences. The primary reason for establishing these two Schools first is that required labs are basic in nature (see below) and not terribly expensive or time-consuming to establish. In addition, an affiliation with a hospital is not mandatory (as in medicine and nursing).

Labs will include:

  • Chemistry (general and organic)
  • Biology (including anatomy and physiology)
  • Microbiology
  • Physics

School of Pharmacy

Establishing an English-based curriculum leading to the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) will be unique in the Middle East. This provides AUIB with a distinct marketing advantage. The AUIB curriculum will be engaging, contemporary, relevant and challenging. Prerequisites for Pharm.D. applicants include:

  • At least two years of undergraduate study in a defined math and science program (minimum of 72 credit hours) followed by four years of study in the professional program.
  • Select general education requirements.
  • No grade lower than a C- will be accepted.

The total duration of the program is, therefore, 6 years and is based on the best pharmaceutical science programs in the United States and will eventually be nominated for accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE).

School of Dentistry

The School of Dentistry at AUIB will offer curriculum in dental assisting, dental hygiene, and doctor of dental surgery. The School will thoroughly prepare each of its graduates for their career and sets them on the path to success whether they enter the general practice of dentistry, the dental specialties, or dental allied health fields.

  • Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) Program: This is a four-year program that provides students with the skills necessary to become a general dentist upon graduation.
  • Dental Hygiene Program: The undergraduate program in dental hygiene prepares students to become registered dental hygienists. The emphasis is on creating well-rounded dental hygiene health care professionals who will treat a variety of patients. This is a two-year undergraduate program.
  • Dental Assisting Program: Graduates of this 10-month program are prepared for employment in general and specialty dental offices as well as in public health and in hospital and dental school clinics. The global demand for dental assistants currently exceeds the supply. This assures excellent employment opportunities.