1.1           The Faculty of Allied Health Sciences  offers Bachelor of Science degrees (B.Sc.) in:


                                a.             Health Information Administration (B.Sc.)

                                b.             Medical Laboratory Sciences (B.Sc.)

                                c.             Occupational Therapy (B.Sc.)

                                d.             Physical Therapy (B.Sc.)

                                e.             Radiologic Sciences (B.Sc.)

                                                (i) Diagnostic Radiography

                                                (ii) Nuclear Medicine Technology




                2.1           The B.Sc. degree programmes last four academic years, with the exception of Occupational Therapy, which is four and a half years, and consist of basic sci­ences, medical sciences, and clinical experience.




                3.1           Candidates shall be admitted to the Faculty according to the Kuwait University and Faculty admission criteria in force at the time.


                3.2           Students will be admitted to the academic departments in the Faculty in Year 2 depending on their grade point average in their first year of study, the availability of places and other criteria which may be  determined for specific departments.


                3.3           Provided they have not registered for another university programme, these candidates shall be school leavers of one of the two academic years prior to the academic year that they join Kuwait University.






                4.1           Transfer between faculties


                                4.1.1        A transferring student must be from the scientific stream from high school and must have passed not less than 27 credit hours and a maximum of 45 credit hours with a minimum grade C, and have a grade point average of not less than 2.67. He/she must also have at least 5 credits in English Language equivalent to 181 English and have at least a C+ in 121/125 Physics, 110/111 Chemistry,  115 Finite Maths and 101 Biology.  He/she must also have passed two Electives with a total of 6 credits.


                                4.1.2        Preference will be given to students who have the highest grade point average, depending upon the number of vacancies in each programme, and to students who have passed 181 English Language.


                                4.1.3        Candidates may only be admitted to the beginning of the second year.



                4.2           Transfer between programmes within the Faculty


                                4.2.1        No transfer to another programme is allowed until a student has been in his/her current programme for at least one year.


                                4.2.2        Each request for transfer to another programme will be decided according to the student’s grade point average, available vacancies and other relevant factors and will require the Chairman’s approval.


                                4.2.3        The Chairman has the right to require the candidate to pass one or more courses towards the new specialization which he/she has not already taken.



4.3           Transfer from other Universities


                4.3.1        The unified Kuwait University rules for transfer from other universities, available from the Dean of Admissions and Registration will apply


                4.3.2        The concerned academic department to which the student wishes to transfer will consider the applicant’s transcript to decide the equivalence of courses taken.




                5.1           The Kuwait University rules for attendance without registration, which are available from the Dean of Admissions and Registration, will apply




                6.1           When the necessity arises the University may organise special study programmes for some social or professional sectors. The purpose of these programmes is to strengthen the professional and cultural development of these sectors.  The University will specify the fields of study and the necessary number of units to be completed.  A certificate may be granted, if required, stating satisfactory completion of the speciality programme.





1              ACADEMIC ADVISOR


                1.1           Each student shall have an academic advisor who shall be a member of the Faculty of Allied Health Sciences.  The advisor shall meet his/her students at prescribed times throughout the academic year and at any other times as requested by the students or as deemed necessary by the advisor.  The advisor shall assist his/her students with the registration procedures ensuring that they complete the necessary cards which he/she must sign.  The advisor shall also acquaint him/herself with all ad­ministrative, educational and personal matters appertaining to the students so as to be in a position to encourage, explain, advise, guide and warn his/her students, as appropriate, on any problem which they may encounter during their career at the University.



2              STUDY LOAD


                2.1           The academic department offering a course specifies the number of credit hours (C.H.) it is worth.  The credit hour rating of a course is normally based upon one hour of theoretical study (i.e. a lecture) or at least two hours of applied study (e.g. a laboratory session) being equal to one credit hour.  All courses must extend through a complete semester.


                2.2           The normal study load in a regular semester is 15-19 C.H. The maximum study load is 21 C.H., and 7 C.H. for the  summer semester.


                2.3           With the approval of his/her advisor, Chairman and the Dean, a student who has passed at least 30 credits may register for 21 C.H. if he/she has a grade point average (G.P.A.) 3 on the 4 point scale (see section 3 below).


                2.4           A student in the Health Sciences Centre may register for less than 15 C.H. in a regu­lar semester with the approval of his/her advisor and the Dean.


                2.5           To meet graduation requirements, a student may register for any number of credits up to a maximum of 21 with the approval of his/her advisor and the Dean.

3              GRADE POINT AVERAGE


                3.1           A four point scale is used to calculate a student’s grade point average (g.p.a.).  The g.p.a. for a student during his/her University study at the end of his degree course is calcu­lated as follows:


                                1.             The number of credit hours for a course is multiplied by the grade point which a student obtains.  This procedure is followed separately for each course which a student has taken (i.e. Column B x Column C).


                                2.             The results of (1) above are added together.


                                3.             The result (2) above (i.e. Column D) is divided by the total number of credit hours for each course a student has obtained (i.e. total of  Column B).


                                4.             If a student fails a course, but subsequently re-sits and passes it, the initial 'F' grade will be recorded, but will not be counted in assessing the grade point average.  The maximum grade that may be awarded for a re‑sit is grade C. A student may not repeat any course in which his/her grade is C or better.


                3.2           A student who is given F in every course in his/her first semester will be dismissed from the University.










Grade Point


B x C


Grade Point



181 English




C+ = 2.33





110 Chemistry




C  = 2.00





160 Biostatistics




B+ = 3.33





115 Mathematics




A  = 4.00











=  2.83




                4.1           Approved programmes of study shall be those prescribed by the Faculty of Allied Health Sciences. In order to graduate, a student must pass all courses specified in his/her major sheet. The number of credit hours required for graduation is:


                                Health Information Administration           127


                                Medical Laboratory Sciences                    124


                                Physical Therapy                                       122


                                Occupational Therapy                               128


                                Radiologic Sciences:


                                        Diagnostic Radiography                    121


                                        Nuclear Medicine Technology          125


                4.2           A candidate shall not be held to have pursued an approved programme unless his studies are certified as satisfactory by the Faculty of Allied Health Sciences.


                4.3           To qualify for graduation with a B.Sc. degree a candidate must have pursued approved courses for no less than four years and have satisfied the examiners.  Except by special permission of the Faculty of Allied Health Sciences the four years shall be those four following a candidate's admission to Kuwait University.



5              AWARDS


                5.1           A student who completes in any semester 15 credits or more and obtains a grade point average of 3.5 points or more on the 4 point scale shall have his/her name placed on the honours list, and the University, at the end of each semester, shall issue a list of these students and award them accordingly.


                5.2           A student who completes his study in the University with a grade point average of 3.67 points or more on the 4 point scale shall be awarded his/her degree with distinction provided he/she has completed his/her course within a maximum of 8 semesters and 2 summer courses and did not obtain a mark of less than C on any course.

                5.3           The University shall not grant a degree to any student whose grade point average is less than 2 points on the 4 point scale.





                6.1.          A first warning is issued to a student whose GPA falls below 1.67 and who has registered for 45 credits or more.


                6.2.          A first or second warning (as appropriate) is issued to a student whose GPA falls below 1.87 and who has registered for between 46 to 60 credits (inclusive).                                                                                                                   


                6.3.          A first, second or third warning (as appropriate) is issued to a student whose GPA falls below 2 and who has registered for 61 or more credits.


6.4.            If a student receives a third warning he/she is automatically suspended unless he/she has a GPA which is just under 2, in which case a special formula may be applied and the student may be given a fourth warning.



                Note:       These warnings are independent of any warnings issued due to absence (see section 11 below).



7.             SUSPENSIONS


                7.1         A student who is suspended may submit an appeal to the Dean of Admissions and Registration on the prescribed form.  The Dean of Admissions and Registration will send the submission to the Vice- Dean  (Student Affairs) for comment.


                7.2         The Vice-Dean (Student Affairs) shall solicite the opinion of the concerned Chairman.  Should the Chairman support  the submission of the student the Vice-Dean will support it accordingly.


                7.3         All appeals are referred to the Student Affairs Committee, whose membership includes the Dean of Admissions and Registration, the Dean (Student Affairs) of the University and the Vice-Dean (Student Affairs) of the concerned Faculty.  The final decision for accepting or rejecting the appeal rests within the committee.


                7.4         If the appeal is accepted the student may continue studies in the Faculty.  Alternatively, he/she must leave the university.

8              WITHDRAWAL


                8.1           A student may withdraw from one or more courses in which he/she has registered within a period not exceeding the end of the third week from the beginning of study or the third day in a summer semester.  Withdrawal forms, which are available from the Office of Counselling and Guidance, must be signed by the student, student's advisor, class teacher, Chairman, the Registration Department and the Dean or Vice-Dean (Academic Affairs).





                9.1           Adding and dropping courses is done during the week for late registration. Forms for adding and dropping, which are available from the Office of Counselling and Guidance, must be signed by the student, student's advisor, class teacher, Chairman, the Registrar's Department, and the Dean or the Vice-Dean (Academic Affairs).





                10.1         Except for freshmen and transferred students, a student can drop all courses in a semester, according to the withdrawal regulations above.  His/her study for the semester will thus be postponed.


                10.2         If a student interrupts his/her study for two consecutive semesters, he/she will be allowed to continue provided he/she has not been dismissed from another University.  However, he/she will have to apply for re-registration.


                10.3         A student who interrupts his/her study for 3 or 4 consecutive semesters will be allowed to continue provided he/she repeats all courses in which his/her grade was less than C.  He/she will be required to abide by the graduation requirements of the year in which he/she re-registers.


                10.4         A student who interrupts his/her study for 5 or 6 consecutive semesters will be allowed to continue as a freshman student provided that he/she has completed 18 credit hours and is not on probation.



                11.1         The class teacher should take a record of attendance at the start of each class.


                11.2         Students should attend all lectures and practical classes.


                11.3         A student who misses 10% of class attendance in any  course is given a first warning


                11.4         A student who misses 15%  of class attendance in any course in which he/she has received a first warning shall be given a final warning.


                11.5         A student who misses 20% of class attendance in any course  shall be considered to have failed that course.


                11.6         If student is absent for a justified reason approved by the relevant Faculty committee, his/her absence is not calculated in the absence calculations given above provided it does not exceed 10%.


                11.7         Copies of all warning notices are sent to the Chairman and class teacher concerned.


                11.8         When a student presents an excuse for any absence, this must be approved by the Vice-Dean (Academic Affairs).  Absences due to registration, pre-registration, and dropping and adding courses will not be excused.


                11.9         Any absence from clinical and practical classes requires the approval of the Chairman and the Vice-Dean (Academic Affairs) and must be made up if so required by the Department.





                12.1         Students must pass all specified prerequisite  courses, as detailed in the Faculty Handbook, including all courses of the previous semester, before registering for subsequent courses.  However, if a student has failed courses of a given semester the department may permit him/her to register for one or two courses, based on individual merit.  Departments are advised to consult the Vice-Dean (Student Affairs) and Vice-Dean (Academic Affairs) in such matters.

                12.2         A student will not be allowed to progress from one year of his/her programme to the next unless he/she has satisfied all university and faculty requirements and any additional requirements specified by his/her department.





                Graduation Requirements


                13.1         Kuwait University will not award the Bachelors Degree to a student who has transferred from another recognized University or College unless he/she fulfils a minimum of 30 credit hours in Kuwait University, at least 15 of which must be in the major.  The student must also obtain a grade point average not less than the equivalent of grade 2 on the 4 point scale.





1              INTRODUCTION


                1.l            Except as otherwise provided for in these regulations, the examination procedures of the Faculty of Allied Health Sciences will follow the general University regulations.


                1.2           Students must also satisfy the graduation requirements of the Faculty (see section 4 of the University Academic Regulations as applied to the Faculty).


                1.3           There will normally be at least two in-course assessments for each course.  Mid-semester examinations will count towards the overall marks for the course.


                1.4           The final examination grade for any course shall represent 40-60% of the total course work.


                1.5           Students will be informed of their final grade, but not their final overall marks.  No final grades will be released to students until they have been posted on the official notice board by the Faculty Administration, after the conclusion of the last Examination Board meeting and Faculty Council.


                1.6           When, due to exceptional circumstances, it is only possible to have one incourse assessment, this will count only 25% towards the overall mark for the course and the final examination will count 75%. This regulation will normally apply to one credit hour courses.


                1.7           At the beginning of each course the teacher responsible will inform students how the marks for the course will be allocated between incourse assessment and final examinations.


                1.9           Students are required to attend all incourse and final examinations, including written examinations, practicals, hospital-based examinations and poster presentations at the specified date and time.

2              COURSE GRADES


4 Point Scale


Grade Description

















Very Good
















Fail Absent







      2.1     Excellent: denoted by "A" and divided into two categories:

                   "A" is given 4 grade points                                                          95%+

                   "A-" is given 3.67 grade points                                                    90-94%


      2.2     Very good: denoted by "B" and divided into three categories:

                   "B+" is given 3.3. grade points                                                    87-89 %

                   "B"   is given 3 grade points                                                        80-86 %


      2.3     Good: denoted by "C" and divided into two categories:

                   "C+" is given 2.33 points                                                             70-79 %

                   "C"   is given 2 grade points                                                        60-69 %


      2.4     Fail: denoted by "F" and is given zero.


      2.5     Failed absent: denoted by "FA" and is given to a student

                who does not sit for the exam and is not given  "I". Zero grade



      2.6     "I" = Incomplete.



                3.1           A student whose overall mark for a course is less than 50% will be given an F grade and will have to re-take the course the next time it runs. 


                3.2           A student whose final mark is 50% - 59% will be given an Incomplete (I) and will be eligible for a re-sit examination at the beginning of the next semester. Students taking a resit examination are to be awarded a grade no higher than C, irrespective of the achieved examination score.


                  3.3 The final mark for a student who has an Incomplete  shall be calculated by adding together the student’s incourse assessment marks and resit examination marks.                                                                                                                  


                3.4           In a given semester a student may have an Incomplete (I) grade and, as such, a re-sit examination in only two courses.  However, if a student gets an Incomplete grade and/or a failing grade (F) in three or more courses he/she will be awarded a failing grade in all such courses.


                3.5           A student given I or F in more than two courses in a semester must re-take all the courses in which he/she has I or F.


                3.6           Students choosing not to take a re-sit examination must re-take the course concerned.





                4.1           A student who misses an in‑course assessment for a justified reason which is accepted by the Vice Dean (Academic Affairs) will be given a substitute examination, and given a mark accordingly.

4.2           A student who is sick at the time of an incourse assessment must report to in the Vice-Dean (Academic Affairs) at the earliest opportunity.  His/her relative should report to the Vice Dean if he/she is unable to come personally.  If the sickness is proved serious enough to prevent the student taking the assessment the procedures in 4.1 will apply.


                4.3           A medical certificate must be submitted to the Vice-Dean (Academic Affairs) at the earliest opportunity.  However, in those cases where the student is admitted to hospital prior to the examination date, intimation to that effect should be sent to the Vice-Dean (Academic Affairs) at the earliest opportunity and the necessary supporting evidence should be provided as soon as possible thereafter. 





                5.1           A student who misses a final examination due to hospitalization will be given I on production of a medical certificate, and permitted a make-up  examination.


                5.2           A student who is sick at the time of a final examination must present him or herself to the Vice-Dean (Academic Affairs) at the earliest opportunity.  His/her relative should report to the Vice-Dean if he/she is unable to come personally.  If the sickness is proved serious enough to prevent the student taking the examination an Incomplete will be given and a make-up examination permitted.


                5.3           A medical certificate must be submitted to the Vice-Dean (Academic Affairs) at the earliest opportunity.  However, in those cases where the student is admitted to hospital prior to the examination date, intimation to that effect should be sent to the Vice-Dean at the earliest opportunity and the necessary supporting evidence should be provided as soon as possible thereafter.


                5.4           A student granted a make-up examination under 5.2 will receive the grade he/she earns based upon the final examination and his/her in-course marks, as if he/she is attending the examination for the first time.  A student who is sick and does not follow the above procedures will be given FA.



                6.1           If an examinee is suspected of cheating from a book, notes, or any other tangible means in his/her possession, the means of cheating is to be removed and handed to the Chief Invigilator.  A mark is to be made on the examinee's paper.  No public accusation is to be made at this stage.


                6.2           If an examinee is suspected of cheating from another examinee, the invigilator must note the precise details of the method of cheating.  The examinee(s) suspected of cheating must be warned immediately.  A mark should be made on their papers to indicate how far they had reached at that stage.


                6.3           After the examination is over the suspected student(s) should be asked by the Chief Invigilator, in the presence of the Chairman of Department of the subject being examined (or another appropriate member of staff), to explain their apparent conduct.


                6.4           Reports on all attempts at cheating should be submitted to the Vice-Dean (Academic Affairs) before final submission to the Dean.


                6.5           After careful consideration of all the circumstances, the Vice-Dean (Academic Affairs) and the departmental Chairman must decide whether a formal charge of cheating should be brought against the examinee(s) concerned.


                6.6           If a formal charge of cheating is made, the Vice-Dean (Academic Affairs) shall supply the Dean with the following:


                                a.     a written report by the invigilator concerned giving full details of the incident of alleged cheating.


                                b.     a written report by the department Chairman of the explanation given by the accused at their interrogation immediately after the examination.


                                c.     the examination scripts concerned, and any physical means in the alleged cheating.


                6.7           Any examinee found guilty of cheating by the Dean will be awarded an "F" grade for that course and for any other courses taken in that semester.

                        6.8       The student may register for any courses during the next semester for which he/she has passed the necessary prerequisites.


                6.9           The Dean shall inform the Dean of Admissions and Registration of his/her decision.


                6.10.        If an examinee is found guilty of cheating on a second occasion, he/she shall be expelled from the University.





                7.1           The final examinations may be postponed for a student in exceptional circumstances, providing the following conditions are fulfilled:


                                1.             A student's advisor testifies that he/she is diligent in his study.


                                2.             A student's reason for seeking postponement is felt to be genuine e.g., Haj, pregnancy, delivery, hospitalization or any other excuse accepted by the Vice Dean (Academic Affairs).


                                3.             A student's request is approved by the Dean of his/her Faculty, his/her advisor, and the teacher concerned.


                                4.             The teacher will enter on the mark sheet sent to the Registration Department the letter "I" (incomplete) against the student's name without giving a grade.


                                5.             Such a student shall sit the examination, and his/her results must reach the Registration De­partment not later than 15th of March for the subjects of the previous Autumn semes­ter, and the 1st of October for the subjects of the previous Spring semester.


                                6.             If a student fails to sit for an examination before the dates mentioned in (5) above, he/she shall be considered to have failed.



                8.1           A selection of examination papers completed by graduating students in Year 4, Semester 2, will be reviewed by an External Examiner, who will give a comprehensive viva voce examination.





1.             If a student is unable to sit an examination because of illness, the student or his/her relative if he/she is unable to come personally should report to the Vice Dean (Academic Affairs) without delay.


2.             It is the students' responsibility to ensure that they attend the examination at the right time, date and venue.   They should be ready to enter the examination room 10 minutes before the scheduled starting time for the examination


3.             No bags, mobile telephones, pagers, books or papers may be taken into the examination room, unless specified.


4.             Candidates must sit at the places that have been allocated to them.


5.             No student will be permitted to enter the examination room more than 30 minutes after the examination has started.


6.             No student shall leave the examination room before the expiry of 30 minutes from the start of the examination, or during the last 15 minutes of the examination.


7.             Students shall not turn over the question paper until instructed by the Invigilator.


8.             Students must ensure that they write their student number on all answer books used by them.


9.             There must be no talking or other communication between students once they enter the examination room.  If any student does so that shall constitute cheating.


10.           No student should try to see the answers written by another student during the examination.  If any student does so, that shall constitute cheating.


11.           Smoking, eating, chewing and making any noise are not permitted during the examination.