The aim of the General Foundation Program is to prepare our students for the rigorous program in medicine and
pharmacy. The General Foundation Program prepares students with the necessary skills in English, Mathematics,
Information Technology, and Study Skills to handle the study programs offered at Oman Medical College.
Length of program
The Foundation Program lasts for a period of one academic year consisting of two 16 week semesters and one 8
week semester. During the course of the program, students take zero credit courses in English, IT and Math by the
end of which all the learning outcomes are met.
English The ability to read English with ease is critical for students entering the Medicine/Pharmacy programs as
the major texts used in their college training plus the scientific and medical literature are in English. Our students
must also have facility in speaking and writing English as their future professional careers will involve
communication skills both spoken and written. In addition to basic English courses to provide foundation in
reading, listening, speaking and grammar, two courses; English ENGL020 - English for Specific Purpose and
ENGL030 - Concepts in Biology & Medicine prepare students for programs offered by OMC. These courses focus
on the specific language needs of medicine/pharmacy programs and encourage students to develop their
proficiency in reading scientific texts and to increase their scientific vocabulary.
Mathematics The Foundation Program in ‘Mathematics’ has been developed to ensure that students are
equipped with the mathematical understanding and skills necessary to meet the cognitive and practical
requirements of higher education. In particular, students pursuing courses in Medicine and Pharmacy need to
undergo this course in order to develop number and symbol sense, demonstrate the proper procedures of
algebraic manipulations and acquire the skills necessary to construct and analyze various graphs of given data sets.
Information Technology As today’s world runs on computers, it is important for students to have basic
knowledge of IT. Information Technology course prepares students to use technology and become self-directed
learners. The basic skills taught in IT will provide students with the ability to process and present information in a
Study Skills It is critical that our students develop good study skills in order to master the material required to
obtain a degree in Medicine and Pharmacy. Skills including time management, effective note taking, revising one’s
work and preparing for exams are embedded in English, Math and IT courses.
CURRICULUM - GENERAL FOUNDATION PROGRAM