Preparation and Execution Regulations, and Students Admission Conditions in Private Universities and Colleges:
First: Students Admission Conditions for Bridging Programs in Medical Sciences
These regulations shall be limited to the following:
- Student should attend full-time while enrolled in the bridging program.
- Student should be a holder of an associate degree or a diploma degree through a program not less than two-years duration after secondary level, in Medical Specializations classified under the health cadre. The degree awarding institution should have official recognition in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
- A student's grade point average in the associate degree program or the diploma program shall not be less than good or equivalent. In case of below than good GPA, student should pass an additional academic term to improve knowledge, skills and competencies.
- Bridging program specialization should be a branch of the student specialization in the associate or diploma program, except for medicine and dentistry where there are no programs prior to bachelors in these two disciplines.
- Cases of all specializations that do not have formal subfields leading to bachelor for holders of diploma in the same specialization shall be dealt with separately when admitting students in other specialization. This is governed by course equivalency process in compliance with higher education council bylaws.
- Student should have a valid classification and registration certification of Saudi Commission for Health Specialties at the time of enrollment in the bridging program.
- Student must pass standard English proficiency test with a score not less than 425 in PBT, TOEFL or equivalent in similar tests as follows:
|Serial No.||Test Name||Required Score|
|1||Computer Based TOEFL (CBT)||113|
|2||Internet Based TOEFL (IBT)||30|
|4||Qiyas STEP test (Standardized Test - English Proficiency)||68|
- Students who obtained an associate or a diploma degree from institutions abroad, should have an accredited certificate issued by university degree accreditation committee of the Ministry of Education.
Second: Bridging Programs Preparation Regulations
Bridging program design should follow below principles:
- Graduates of government and private institutes, holders of diploma degree (takes two years after secondary school) shall not study in the bridging program with less than 60% of the requirements of bachelor degree as per the law applied by the institution awarding the certificate.
- Graduates of government and private institutes, holders of associate degree (takes three years after secondary school) shall not study in the bridging program with less than 50% of the requirements of bachelor degree as per the law applied by the institution awarding the certificate.
- When admitting students into a existing bachelor program, a student holder of associate degree (three years program after secondary school) should accredit hours not less than 65 or equivalent and hours not less than 52 or equivalent for a student holder of diploma (two years program after secondary school).
- Accreditation should give priority to the general courses, then to the foundation courses, and then to the specialization courses.
- Bridging program shall be prepared for diploma and associate degree holders in the same specialization and not for other specializations. This is not applied to medicine and dentistry since there are no programs prior to bachelors in these two disciplines.
- Total student attainment for bachelor degree award (previous study plus bridging program) must meet the following percentages:
- Specialization courses credit hours should not be less than 50%.
- Foundation courses credit hours should not be less than 30%.
- General courses credit hours should not be less than 20%.
- Student's final outcome of the diploma program (or the associate degree program) and the bridging program should fulfill the standard minimum requirements of the specialization, including successful completion of no less than a six-months internship period, after fulfilling all the academic requirements of the bridging program.
- Coordination with Saudi Commission for Health Specialties is needed for professional registration and classification of faculty members and trainers participating in the bridging program.
Third: Regulations For Private Educational Institutions Providing Bridging Programs
- For private universities and colleges, an institution must have the general accreditation and special accreditation from Ministry of Education. Institution should provide, among its licensed programs, a bachelor degree program in the same specialization of the bridging program.
- Educational institution should have a hospital with capacity not less than 100 beds, or a valid contract with a hospital with capacity not less than 100 beds, in addition to the availability of resources and experience needed for staff in the respective hospital to carry supervision duties for clinical internship of students in various medical specializations, complying with all the ethics of medical professions and particularly with patient relationship manners.
- Educational institution providing the bridging program shall be fully responsible for the supervision on the students in their clinical training during their study program and their internship.
- Educational institution shall be adopting English as a medium of instructions and training in the specializations of the bridging program.
- Bridging programs should get academic accreditation status by Ministry of Education.
- Coordination with Saudi Commission for Health Specialties on professional accreditation of the bridging programs and determination of appropriate class and professional level.
Fourth: Bridging Programs Co-Provision Regulations (Integrative Association Agreements)
For co-provision of diploma and bachelor complementary programs by two educational institutions, integrative association agreements shall be secured after getting approval of Ministry of Education on the provisions of the agreement (and informing the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties on the matter) and after ministry verification of requirements mentioned in articles first, second and third of this document are met and additionally fulfilling the following requirements:
- Both agreement-signing institutions are obliged to announce to the students the complementary program admission conditions prior to their enrollment in the diploma program.
- Education in both programs (diploma and complementary program) shall be in English, and programs shall include adequate courses for students to attain language proficiency required for the program, or that admission conditions shall include passing of a standard test to verify that admitted students have necessary English proficiency required by the program.
- Agreement provisions shall include the following details:
- Nature and details of the institution's association.
- Tie-up period for both parties and extension conditions.
- Student admission conditions for both the programs (diploma and complementary program).
- Both institutions are obliged to have at least one annual meeting, to discuss agreement provisions and adjust the programs and recommended modifications, if any.
- Both institutions are obliged to inform Ministry of Education and Saudi Commission for Health Specialties if they want to terminate the agreement, before the end date by at least four academic terms.
- End of agreement date should be announced in local news-papers at least one year before the actual end date.
- Institutions must not modify agreement provisions without approval of Ministry of Education and informing the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties.
Fifth: Review of Medical Diploma Bridging Regulations
Regulations herein shall be reviewed and amended regularly during the first five years according to its actual application and gained experience from it.