Article (6): AL Andalus Private University Of Medical Sciences offers grants of PHD in Medicine as suggested by the Faculty of Medicine
The first batch of graduates of this college will be in the academic year 2017-2016
Article (7): It takes 6 years to earn a Bachelor of Medicine degree and it is divided into two phases, preclinical and clinical, 3 years each.
Article (8): The Faculty of Medicine operates on a semester system as follows:
- The first five academic years are divided into two terms, 16 weeks each.
- The faculty sets semester examinations twice a year. The dates and the periods are set according to the yearly colander determined by the University Council. At the end of each semester an examination should be held in the courses taught during both semesters.
Article (9): Students of the fifth year with no more than four courses are allowed to sit a supplementary exam. This exam is scheduled by the University Council. Students are not allowed to pass to the sixth year unless they pass all courses of the previous five years.
Article (10): The sixth year is clinical. Students attend clinical rotations at the Medical College Hospital, the Teaching Hospitals of Public Universities in the country and Healthcare Training Centers accredited by the Council of Higher Education and supervised by the Head of Department or a faculty member appointed by the department. The faculty Council allows students to attend rotations outside the country at a university approved by it.
Article (11): The sixth-year student has to pursue a graduation project supervised by one of the faculty members.
Article (15): Attendance at college classes is compulsory. The student has to attend a minimum 85% to be allowed to sit exams whether the theoretical, practical or clinical. Students who fall below 85% attendance are not allowed to sit the exams.
Article (16): When one of the courses is divided into two parts (theoretical and practical) which includes scores of the interview and the academic year performance, the scores are divided into 60% for the written exam and 40% for the practical one. To pass, the student has to score a minimum 60% of the overall scores providing that the student has to score at least 40% of each part of the course.
Article (17): The student who fails in a course that includes a practical part can keep the score of that part providing that his or her scores do not fall below 40% of the required score of this part and the student is exempt from attending the course. The student can retake the practical part upon a written request handed to the Dean at the beginning of the semester. In this case attendance is required and the previous score becomes invalid.
Article (18): The student passes to the next year when s/he passes all his or her exams of the two semesters in one academic year. Class ranking of passing students is based on their average in the academic year. Student who fail in no more than 4 courses in one academic year – this is applied to all previous years – can proceed to the following year.
Article (19): A student is permitted to freeze two consecutive semesters or three inconsecutive semesters during his/ her academic years. This freezing is not added to the required period of the academic years. However, if the student withdraws from studies for a whole semester without official freezing request, he/ she is considered a failing student who fails all the courses of that semester.
Article (20): Sixth-year students sit two kinds of exams:
1. a Practical exam that consists of clinical exam sessions divided as:
a. Internal diseases session which has (7) doubles, including internal diseases (5) doubles, skin diseases (1) double and lab sessions (1) double.
b. Pediatrics session has (3) doubles.
c. Surgical diseases session has (6) doubles including surgical disease and anesthesia (4) doubles ear diseases (1) double and eye diseases (1) double.
d. Obstetrics and gynaecology diseases has (4) doubles.
2. An Overall written exam is a national exam of the faculties of Medicine of public and private Syrian universities. Its regulations, the number of resits and dates are determined by the Ministry of Higher education. Questions are graded according to the sixth-year sessions. The average of the sixth-year is measured according to the result of the unified medical written exam. In case the student fails two resits, he/ she has to repeat the sixth academic year