UNMEB Examination Syllabus for Certificate in Midwifery 2022

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UNMEB Examination Syllabus for Certificate in Midwifery 2022/2023

UNMEB Examination Syllabus for Certificate in Midwifery; Uganda Nurses and Midwives Examinations Board UNMEB has released the Certificate in Midwifery Examination Syllabus for the 2022/2023 academic year…Read full details below:

UNMEB Examination Syllabus for Certificate in Midwifery

This syllabus sets out in broad terms the subjects to be studied during preparation for Registration in the General part of the Register maintained by the Uganda Nurses and Midwives Examinations Board UNMEB.

The main aim of UNMEB Examination Syllabus is to prepare midwives to function as efficient members of the health team, beginning with the competencies for first level positions in all kinds of health care settings.

The course outline has been designed to enable eligible candidates to address the health needs of the country, community, and individuals. They can also pursue advanced study and specialization in midwifery while contributing to the health-based industry with patience, responsibility, and dedication.

UNMEB Examination Syllabus for Certificate in Midwifery

According to the syllabus, candidates will start their examinations as decided by the UNMEB authorities, with the briefing of candidates across the country. As you can see, UNMEB Examination Syllabus for Certificate in Midwifery is essential to all final Midwifery candidates of the Uganda Nurses and Midwives Examinations Board. Check Out Uganda Nurses and Midwives Examinations Board Examination Timetable.

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UNMEB Examination Syllabus for Certificate in Midwifery


Period Paper code Paper name Content
Year 1/ Semester 1 CM 111 Anatomy & physiology l & First aid ·    Terms used in Anatomy and Physiology

·    Human body organization

·    Atoms, molecules and compounds

·    Cell structure and function

·    Tissue structure and function

·    Blood and its composition

·    Cardiovascular system

·    Lymphatic system

·    Digestive system

·    Skeletal system

·    Muscular system

First aid

·    Principles of First Aid

·    Components of a First Aid Kit

·    Life threatening conditions

·    Personal protection during first aid

·    First aid in medical emergencies

·    Injuries and Trauma

CM 112 Foundations of nursing l & Basic computer ·    History of Nursing

·    Code of conduct for Nurses

·    Principles of professional ethics and


·    Patient’s rights

·    Nurses’ rights

·     Nursing and the law

·    Nursing standards and qualities of a


·    General principles and rules of all

nursing procedures



·    Hospital economy

·    Use of personal protective equipment

·    Routine and weekly cleaning of the ward

·    Waste management and disposal

·    Isolation of infectious patients

·    Causes of infection

·    Medical Waste management

·    Cleaning methods

·    feeding of patients

·     bladder and bowel care

·     Passing a flatus tube

·     Administration of enemata

·    Ward Report

·    Lifting/positioning a patient

·    Tepid sponging

·    General principles in patient care

·    Ethics in nursing care

·    Principles of Infection prevention and


·    Body mechanics

·    Bed making

·    Vital observations

·    Bed bath

·    Oral care/mouth care

·    Care and treatment of pressure areas

CM113 Personal and communal health & Microbiology ·  Concepts of Microbiology

·  Classification and types of


·  Pathogenic microorganisms

·  Normal flora



·  Characteristics and mode of spread of disease causing Microorganisms

·  Pathological effects of microorganisms

·  Simple laboratory tests

·  Infection prevention and control

·  Introduction to Immunity

·  Antibodies

·  Principles of immunization Personal and communal health

·    Concepts of personal and communal health

·    Determinants of Health

·    Dimensions of Health

·      Personal Hygiene

·    Introduction to personal hygiene

·    Cleanliness of skin and its appendages

·    Cleanliness of the inside of the body

·    Special groups in personal hygiene

·    Clothing and foot wear Concepts in communicable diseases

·    Disease causation and prevention

·    Disease transmission cycle

·    Levels of disease prevention

·    Introduction to environmental hygiene/sanitation

·    Housing

·    Ventilation heating and lighting

·    Safe water supply

·    Food hygiene



·    Sanitation
Year 1/ Semester 2 CM 121 Anatomy & physiology II § The Respiratory system
§ The Urinary System
§ The Endocrine system
§ The Nervous system
§ Organs of Special Senses
§ The Reproductive system
CM 122 Foundations of nursing ll, Sociology and psychology specialized nursing care

·     Wound dressing

·     Abdominis Parecentesis (Abdominal


·     Vulva Toilet /Swabbing

·     Oxygen Administration

·     Lumbar Puncture

·     Nasogastric tube to feed patients

·     Gastrostomy Feeding

·     Gastric Lavage

·     Catheterization

·     Tracheostomy Care

·     Care of patients on traction

·    Prepare for application of orthopedic


·    Bandaging

·    Nursing Process

·     Take history of the patient

·    Perform Physical examination of the


·     Making a Nursing care plan



·     Admission of a patient

·    Nursing process

·     Drug Administration

·     Transfer patients

·     Discharge of patients

·     Last Office

Sociology and psychology

·  Definitions of terms used in Sociology

·  Human groups and their effects on man

·  Culture, beliefs and practices in relation to health

·  socio-cultural factors influencing the behaviour of an individual

·     Socialization

·     Social aspects of diseases

·     Social aspects of hospitalization

·    Urbanization and delivery of health services

·     Nurse-patient relationship

·    Concepts of Psychology

·    Psychological Development

·    Personality

·    Psychological aspects in nursing care of patients

·    Mental Defense Mechanisms

·     Stress and Stressors

·     Emotions

CM 123 Primary health care ·   Concepts of Primary Health Care

·   Principles, Pillars and elements of PHC



·   Community participation

·   Community organization

·   Community Mobilization

·   Community empowerment

·   community survey and assessment

·   Home visiting

·   Conduct community feedback meetings

Year 2/ Semester 1 CM 211 Obstetrical anatomy All Obstetrical anatomy topics
CM 212 CM 212 Midwifery l & Pharmacology l Midwifery l

·   Antenatal care

·   Normal pregnancy

·   Normal labour

·   Normal puerperium Pharmacology l

·   Terms used in Pharmacology

·   Sources and preparation of Medicines

·   Concepts of Essential Drugs and Rational Medicine use.

·   Classification of Medicines & Schedule of controlled substances

·   Pharmacokinetics & Pharmacodynamics

CM 213 Pediatric nursing 1 & palliative care nursing Pediatric nursing 1

·   Immediate and routine care of the newborn

·   Characteristic features of a newborn

·   Care of the new born

·   Child growth and development

·   Breastfeeding and its effects on child growth and development

·   Asphyxia neonatorum

·   Low birth weight babies



·   IMCI

·   Neonatal infections

·   Jaundice

·   Breastfeeding and its effects on child growth and development

Palliative care nursing

·   Concepts of hospice and palliative care

·   Pain management in palliative care

·   Management of common symptoms in Palliative care

·   Psychosocial support to terminally ill patients

Year 2/ Semester 2 CM 221 Midwifery ll & tropical medicine Abnormal pregnancy, labor and puerperium

·  Bleeding in early pregnancy

·  Bleeding in late pregnancy

·  Medical disorders during pregnancy

·  Malpresentations/malpositions

·  Prolonged pregnancy

·  Prolonged labor

·  Obstetrical operations

·  Assisted deliveries

·  Abnormal 3rd stage

·  Abnormal puerperium

·  Obstetrical emergencies Tropical medicine

·   Introduction to communicable diseases

·   Measles

·   Malaria

·   Trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness)

·   Helminthic diseases (Intestinal worms)

·   Onchocerciasis (River blindness)

·   Schistosomiasis

·   Elephantiasis (Bancroftian Filariasis)



·   Dracunculosis (Guinea worm)

·   Typhoid Fever

·   Dysentery

·   Cholera

·   Brucellosis

·   Ebola

·   Yellow Fever

·   Mumps (Parotiditis)

·   Chicken Pox

·   Rabies

CM222 Paediatrics Nursing ll & Pharmacology ll ·  Obstetric pharmacology

·  Birth injuries ( cerebral damage, cephalo haematoma, erbs palsy, facial palsy, fractures, ruptured internal organs, caput succedenum, Klumpkes palsy)

·  Congenital abnormalities (GIT, genito urinary, cardiovascular, CNS)

·  Immunisation schedule

·  The cold chain

·  Assessment of nutritional status of children

·  Nutritional disorders in children

CM 223 Community health and Occupational health and safety Community health

· Community entry, mobilization and diagnosis

· Community based health care

· Community based rehabilitation services for special categories e.g. people with disabilities

· Preparation for disease outbreak

· Integrated disease surveillance and



response Occupational health

·  Types of occupational health hazards

·  Occupational health hazards in different work places

·  Prevention and control of occupational health hazards

·  Role of a nurse in prevention of occupational health hazards in work places

·  Healthcare waste management

·  Injection safety methods

·  Workers compensation Act

Year 3/ Semester 1 CM311 Gynecology & reproductive health Menstruation disorders

· Dysfunctional uterine bleeding

· Abortion

· Ectopic Pregnancy

Cervical erosion, trauma and polyps

· Pelvic Inflammatory Diseases

· Infertility

· Structural abnormalities

·   Fibroids

·   Vesico-Vaginal Fistula(VVF) and Recto- Vaginal fistula (RVF)

·   Genital cancers (Breast, Cervix, Uterus, and Ovaries)

·   Uterine prolapse Reproductive health

·   Family planning

·   Safe motherhood

·   Sexually transmitted diseases

·   Syndromic treatment of STIs



·   Gender/sexual based violence

·   Domestic violence

·   Male involvement in RH

·   Adolescent reproductive health

CM312 Mental health, guidance & counseling Mental health

·   Concepts of mental health and mental illness

·   Classification of mental illnesses

·   Etiological factors of mental illness

·   General signs and symptoms of mental illnesses

·   Assessment of the mentally ill patients

·   Common mental/ psychiatric conditions in midwifery practice

Guidance and counselling

·   Communication in guidance and counselling

·   Group communication dynamics

·   Guidance and counselling processes

·   Ethical codes in counselling

CM313 Health service management and entrepreneurship Principles of management Leadership in Healthcare delivery
Staffing and staff development
Conflict resolution
Team Building
Decision-making and critical thinking
Communication in health care
Customer care
Management of petty cash
Health     information                management




Introduction to Entrepreneurship Entrepreneurship skills

Setting up a Business Entrepreneurship and social responsibility

Types of business enterprises Business sustainability and growth Monitoring and evaluating a business




1 The Board reserves the right to alter or cancel examinations. The Board may change the date, time or condition of the administration of the examination or cancel the administration of the examination to protect the safety of candidates and or THE INTEGRITY OF THE BOARD. Such alterations or cancellation may also occur if the examination is hindered by any cause that could not be reasonably prevented by the Board , including natural disasters such as fire , flood, earthquake, storm, outbreak of disease, or by acts of military insecurity: political or government authority. If any such event occurs, candidates shall be notified as soon as possible.

This is in accordance to Regulations 20 of the Business, Technical, Vocational Education and Training (Establishment of the Nurses and Midwives Examinations Board (UNMEB)) Regulations, 2009.

2 For purposes of these rules, “Examination malpractice” shall mean any act, default or practice which is in breach of these rules or which compromises, attempts to compromise or may compromise the process of assessment, the integrity of the Board examinations and the validity of the certificates awarded.

3 In order to maintain its high standards, the Board shall not hesitate to take disciplinary action against any person, candidate or centre who may indulge in examination malpractice. Examination malpractice shall include the following:

(a) Smuggling or bringing foreign material into the examination room. Smuggling occurs when a candidate without permission takes into the examination room written information which is relevant or irrelevant to the examination
questions with intention to cheat in the examination. Smuggling includes but may not be limited to taking into the examination hall text books, note books, charts, written notes on pieces of paper and on palms, thighs, desks,
clip boards, handkerchiefs, shirts etc.

(b) Leakage/prior knowledge of examination questions. This is the worst form of malpractice which occurs when candidates have prior knowledge of examination questions before they sit the examinations.

(c) Irregular activities inside or outside the examination halls (e.g Stealing scripts of other candidates, refusing to submit script, tearing part of answer booklet/question paper and causing disturbances during an examination.);

(d) Collusion or copying from one another. Collusion occurs when two or more candidates in an examination room secretly agree to assist each other to answer all or part of an examination question e.g candidates whispering or
talking or communicating in any other way to each other about an examination question, exchanging answer scripts, passing notes to each other to copy from, exposing their written work in such a position that another
candidate can read or copy from it.

(e) Impersonation. Impersonation occurs when a registered candidate hires or arranges for some other person to sit the examination on his/her behalf.

(g) External assistance. This usually happens when another person helps a candidate verbally, in writing or in any other way to answer all or part of an examination question. External assistance includes but is not limited to
dictation of answers to candidates, writing solutions to questions for candidates to copy, writing answers to all or part of a question in candidate’s answer scripts.

(h) Improper behavior. This includes causing disturbance in the examination room, disobedience, insulting or assaulting officials, using indecent language, shouting, jeering and any other behaviour that disrupts the smooth conduct of the examination.

(i) Substitution of examination scripts. This occurs when a candidate or some other person removes from the script envelope the work originally submitted by the candidate and replaces it with work done by another candidate or
another person inside or outside the examination room and during or after the examination.

(j) Failure to present the clinical record books. This occurs when a candidate’s clinical record books have not been handed over to the examiners within the prescribed time;

(k) Presenting incomplete or fraudulent record books. This is when the books which are presented are incomplete or they lack signatures, or the signatures thereon are forged and/or cannot be authenticated.

4. Any person appointed by the Board in any capacity to facilitate the conduct of the examination process, shall perform their responsibilities to the satisfaction of the Board and such a person, shall he held personally accountable for any damage or loss that may arise out their negligent actions. The Board reserves the right to terminate services of any such person on grounds of unsatisfactory performance or misconduct, and the Board may further pursue the offender in court of law, depending on the gravity of the malpractice.

5. The Board further reserves the rights to withhold release of results of the examination of any candidate or centre suspected of having been involved in examination malpractice pending completion of investigation and the final disposal of any consequent disciplinary or other proceedings.

6. In hearing cases of examination malpractice, the Board shall observe rules of natural justice and fairness. Before any sanction is communicated, the Board shall determine whether or not the alleged malpractice actually occurred. Evidence from all parties concerned like the Principal, overall Monitor, Coordinator, Invigilator and Examiners shall be gathered and an investigation report submitted to the Board by the person employed by the Board at the concerned Examination Centre. During the investigations all concerned parties shall be given the opportunity to be heard and shall be informed of the outcome of the investigations.

7. The Board may at its discretion apply any of the following sanctions and penalties against a candidate guilty of examination malpractice or breach of these rules depending on the gravity of the offence committed:

(a) A written warning regarding future examination sittings;
(b) Deduction of Marks;
(c) Disqualification from the Examination concerned;
(d) Disqualification from the whole of the examination series;
(e) Prohibition from entering one or more examinations of the Board for a set period of time
(f) Disqualify the candidate from taking the examination and cancel entire results.
(g) Police and/or other relevant authorities may be informed for further action and subsequent prosecution in Courts of Law.

8. For the following cases of malpractice, the Board shall execute the following
(a) External Assistance: Where any other person is found assisting a candidate, or in possession of examination material, that person shall be arrested and handed over to police for prosecution. A report shall be made to the
Executive Secretary UNMEB for action. The entire results of the candidate assisted shall be cancelled and such a candidate may not be allowed to sit for the other examinations.

(b) Smuggling: Any candidate found with smuggled materials inside the examination room shall be required to write and sign a statement admitting that the materials were found with him/her. Such a candidate shall have his/her entire results cancelled. Any candidate who refuses to write and sign a statement or destroys evidence shall have his/her results cancelled.

(c) Leakage: Any person found to have had prior knowledge of the examination papers or found buying or selling questions or what is purported to be questions for the examination, shall be arrested and taken to police for
prosecution. In case that person is a candidate, he/she shall be expelled from the examination room and refused to continue to sit any more examination papers. His/her entire results shall be cancelled and shall be barred from
sitting any future examinations for the next calendar year.

(d) Impersonation: Any candidate involved in hiring another person to sit examinations for her/him shall be arrested together with the impersonator and taken to police for prosecution. The Supervisor shall take a statement
from the impersonator for submission to the Board before handing him/her to the police. Such a candidate shall not be allowed to continue with examinations and shall be barred from sitting any subsequent examinations.

(e) Collusion and Copying: Any candidate found colluding or copying from one another person shall be required to write a statement accepting the malpractice. The entire results of such candidates shall be cancelled even
when they refuse to make a written statement.

9. The Board may at its discretion apply any of the following sanctions and penalties against an examination centre where evidence of malpractice is found:

(a) Formal reprimand recorded
(b) The cohort of candidates concerned in the centre may be disqualified and/or all involved candidates recorded as failed;
(c) Centre registration may be withdrawn, suspended or cancelled;
(d) Ban on involvement with the administration of examination for a set period;
(e) Punishment to the Head of centre;
(f) Police and/or other relevant authorities may be informed for further action and subsequent prosecution in courts of law.

10. The Board may in addition to the above sanctions, decide to:

(a) Make a public declaration of the names of schools and/or candidates involved in malpractice
(b)withdrawal accreditation of an examination centre where malpractice or an irregularity has occurred
(c) Report the Head of such a centre and the invigilators to the relevant organs of the ministries for appropriate action.

11. In all extreme cases, the Board shall seek the Minister’s approval before decisions are communicated. Regulations 9(3) and 21(2) of the Business, Technical, Vocational, Education and Training (Establishment of the Nurses and Midwives Examinations Board (UNMEB)) Regulations, 2009, provide that the Board may, with the prior approval of the Minister, delay, nullify, or withhold the examination results for a reasonable cause and the Board may also suspend or withdrawal an examination centre that fails to maintain the requirements, regulations and ethical standards of an accredited examination centre respectively.

12. In addition to the above and in accordance with Regulation 21(1), any person who-

(a) knowingly or negligently reveals the contents of any examination material to unauthorised persons, whether a candidate or not;
(b) with intent to fail or pass a candidate, alters the work, data, or information or scores of a candidate;
(c) wilfully and maliciously damages examination material;
(d) with intent to impersonate, presents or attempts to present or herself in the place of an enrolled candidate;
(e) with intent to gain employment or admission, presents a forged certificate or diploma purported to have been issued by the Board;
(f) sells, buys, borrows, lends or steals certificates or diplomas issued by the Board with intent to impersonate;
(g) withholds any information which is prejudicial or likely to be prejudicial to the proper functioning of the Board;
Commits an offence and is liable, on conviction, to a fine not exceeding twenty currency points or imprisonment not exceeding one year or both.
13. A candidate who is aggrieved by the decision of the Board of examination conduct or results may appeal to the Board for reconsideration in accordance with Regulation
19. An appeal made by a candidate shall be by petition stating the facts and grounds of appeal. The Board may confirm, modify or reverse its decision and its decision shall be final.

For more information and inquiries, you can contact the Uganda Nurses and Midwives Examinations Board UNMEB on:

Contact Address of Uganda Nurses and Midwives Examinations Board UNMEB

All correspondence to the Uganda Nurses and Midwives Examinations Board must be addressed to:


Location:  Plot 157 Ssebowa Road, Kiwatule, Nakawa division,

Kampala –Uganda (East Africa).

P.O. Box 3513, Kampala (Uganda).


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