Ternopil National Medical University

Ternopil National Medical University (Ivan Horbachevsky Ternopil National Medical Universityis the Government university Run by-Ministry of Health of Ukraine ; Ukrainian: Тернопільський національний медичний університет імені І. Я. Горбачевського) is a medical university located in the city of Ternopil in Ukraine.



TNMU was founded on 12 April 1957 as a Ternopil Medical Institute. On July 1, 1992, the institute was named after Ivan Horbachevsky. On December 30, 1997, it received the status of State Medical Academy, and on 17 November 2004, after reorganization, the institution became Ivan Horbachevsky Ternopil State Medical University.[1] The first rector of the medical institute was Petro Ohii, and the vice-rector Arsen Martyniuk. The regional administration transferred ownership of two buildings to the institute for the use as academic and laboratory facilities, and two dormitories. University clinic facilities were located in the municipal hospital. At the same time, the Morphology Building, a dormitory, and the Regional Hospital were being built.

The institute had 19 departments, and employed 66 instructors, among them Kostiantyn Kovanov, Rostyslav-Yurii Komarovskyi, Anatolii Lokai, Ivan Sytnyk, Mykola Skakun, and Yevhen Honcharuk. The first class consisted of 210 students.

The institute steadily developed programs and facilities, but the biggest change took place after Ukraine has gained its independence in 1991, when the school started moving towards the European system of education. In 1994, the Institute received IV level of institutional accreditation. In 1995 TSMU added the specialty of Nursing, and in 2000 Pharmacy.

As of 2016, the university offers Bachelor's level programs in Physical rehabilitation and Nursing; Master's level programs in Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry and Nursing; and Ph.D. level programs in specialties Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry and Biology.

According to the Decree of the President of Ukraine No. 146/2019 from the 17-th of April, 2019, I.Horbachevsky Ternopil State Medical University received the status of a national university.

The document states that “taking into account national and international recognition of the results of the activity of the State Higher Educational Institution ” I.Ya.Horbachevsky Ternopil State Medical University of the Ukrainian Ministry of Public Health”, its significant contribution to the development of national medical and pharmaceutical education and science, I resolve to give the State Higher Educational Institution “I.Ya.Horbachevsky Ternopil State Medical University of the Ukrainian Ministry of Public Health” the status of national and to continue naming it – ” I.Ya.Horbachevsky Ternopil National Medical University of the Ukrainian Ministry of Public Health”.

Rankings and reputationEdit

Ukraine Ministry of Health consistently ranks Ternopil national Medical University among the country's top medical schools by .[2]


Teaching staffEdit

Rector Mykhailo Korda

The teaching staff includes over 600 professors, among them 102 Doctors of Science and full professors, and 460 associate professors. The staff includes two Corresponding and one Full Members of the National Academy of Medical Sciences, 11 Merited Scientists of Ukraine, 3 Merited Inventors of Ukraine, 2 Merited Teachers of Ukraine and 4 Merited Doctors of Ukraine.

Student body and teaching processEdit

Dynamics of international students at Ternopil National Medical University, 1999-2018

Over 6530 students are currently enrolled in Ternopil State Medical University, including more than 1977 international students from 53 countries. As of 2016, there are over 700 students from African countries (48% of the total number of international students, including 351 from Nigeria). Students from Asia comprise 21%, and Europe 15% of the total number of international students. The language of instruction for the majority (90%) of international students is English.

Lectures typically take place in one of the 10 large lecture-halls equipped with modern audio-visual systems. Practical and laboratory classes usually consist of 8-12 persons. Clinical training takes place in affiliated hospitals. Since 2006 students in their first years learn clinical aspects together with theoretical subjects. Academic departments are located in different buildings around the central part of Ternopil, while clinical departments are situated in the affiliated hospitals.

Classes usually take place from 9 to 3 pm. Languages of instruction are Ukrainian, English, and Russian.


Ternopil State Medical University is listed in the FAIMER (International Medical Education) directory under ECFMG and the WHO (World Health Organization) directory of Medical Universities/Schools. TSMU's degree is recognized by WHO, US Education Department, General Medical Council of England, and in EU countries.

Since 2005 students are assessed according to the European Credit Test System (ECTS) credit-module system, which will allow the diplomas granted by the University to be converted in all countries of the European Union.


The university contains the following faculties: Medicine (6 years – MD program), Dentistry (5 years), Pharmacy (5 years), and Nursing (2–4 years). Postgraduate programs are also offered in different fields.

The theoretical departments of the faculty occupy four educational scientific institutes, which are independent structural-functional subdivisions of the University: Institute of Morphology, Institute of Biomedical Problems, Institute of Modeling and Pathologic Processes Analyzing, and M. Skakun Institute of Pharmacology, Hygiene and Medical Biochemistry. There are 12 clinical departments, based at city and regional medical establishments in Ternopil.

Postgraduate educationEdit

Postgraduates can study for a Master's Degree or a PhD.

Other continuing education includes a Training Internship Program, and provision for clinical specialization.

Vacation activitiesEdit

International summer schools

International summer schools have involved students from the University of South Carolina, Moscow State University, Kazakh Medical Academy, Shlyonsk Medical Academy (Poland), National Pharmaceutical University (Kharkiv). The university also offers students a chance to travel abroad for student exchange programs during summer.

Foreign studentsEdit

More than 1500 international students from 53 different countries are studying in Ternopil National Medical University.[3]

The University collaborates with a number of foreign institutions.

Ternopil National Medical University is the first university in Ukraine to adopt the American Nursing Program. In the American Nursing School and International Nursing School, teaching follows the American Nursing School curriculum. TSMU collaborates with the University of South Carolina Upstate (USA) to exchange academic programs for nursing students.[4] The Nursing School offers two degrees:

  • Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) – two-year program
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) – four-year program (or two years for those who already have a nursing degree)

After graduation students are eligible to take the National Council License Examination (NCLEX) and Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) for registered nurses to start working and living in USA. After obtaining associate degree, students can transfer to USA for bachelor's degree.


  1. ^ "Ternopil State Medical University". Ukraine Education Service. Archived from the original on 15 January 2015. Retrieved 10 January 2015.
  2. ^ "TSMU is the First in the Industry Ranking of All Medical Universities of Ukraine".
  3. ^ Підсумки діяльності університету за 2015—2016 навчальний рік і завдання на майбутнє // Медична академія. — 2016. — № 16 (30 серп.). — С. 5.
  4. ^ "FROM UPSTATE TO UKRAINE: BLACK NURSING INSTRUCTORS SHARE EXPERTISE, IDEAS." US Fed News Service, Including US State News. The Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd. 2008. Retrieved January 10, 2015 from HighBeam Research: https://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P3-1563850551.html

External linksEdit

External video
  Ternopil State Medical University Promo Video on YouTube
  55th anniversary of Ternopil State Medical University on YouTube
  Presentation of diplomas to graduates of Ternopil State Medical University in 2016 on YouTube

Coordinates: 49°33′06″N 25°35′26″E / 49.551667°N 25.590556°E / 49.551667; 25.590556