- ITM Nursing (associate level A2)
- Total Students Enrolled – 125
- Graduates last year – 19 (13 in Nursing Science and 6 in Laboratory Science)
- ISTM Nursing (bachelor’s degree A1)
- Total Students Enrolled – 313
- Number of Graduates last year – 46 (18 in Management of Health Care Institutions, 20 Pediatric Nursing and 8 in Midwifery)
Target Areas for Sustainable Impact
- Enable students to acquire full time employment
- Impact community by increasing the number of qualified medical workers
- Impact mission hospitals by increasing number of qualified staff available.
- Four year programs, graduating certified lab techs and associated degree nurses (A2 level). Recent upgrades enable IMCK to train nurses at the A1 level (equivalent to a BS degree).
IMCK (Christian Medical Institute of the Kasai) was established through an agreement of the American Presbyterian Congo Mission and the Belgian government in 1954. IMCK was founded as an institution for the instruction of qualified health personnel. It began as a 3 year nursing school. A lab tech school was added later. Both have expanded to four year programs, graduating certified lab techs and associated degree nurses at the Institut Technique Medical (ITM) -A2 level. Recent upgrades enable IMCK to train nurses at the A1 level (equivalent to a BS degree) at the Institut Superieur des Techniques Medicales (ISTM).
The Institut Technique Médical (ITM) of the Institute of Medical Technology — now includes both an A2 (high school level) Nursing School and an A2 Laboratory Technician School. A staff of about 13 instructors teaches a student body of approximately 100. According to a report by the Congolese government, the ITM at IMCK is one of the best in the country.
Institut Superieur des Techniques Medicales (ISTM), the university level A1 nursing school, opened in 2010 with two specialties offered: Management of Health Care Institutions and Midwifery. The buildings for the school were constructed on IMCK land with a grant obtained by MBF from the USAID American Schools & Hospitals Abroad (ASHA) program. ASHA grants are awarded with the objective of strengthening self-sustaining schools, libraries and medical centers and to assist in capital improvement, such as building or renovations of facilities, and procurement of scientific, medical and educational equipment.
The upgraded institution provides advanced classes including management skill training and advanced training in maternal and child health, including midwifery. IMCK is now able to train nurses at the A1 level in management, pediatric nursing and nurse midwifery.