Nishtar Medical College

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Nishtar Medical College
Nishtar Medical College.png
Motto Service & Discipline
Established April 28, 1951
Type Public
Principal Prof. Dr Sami Akhtar
Location Multan, Pakistan Pakistan
Campus Urban
112 acres (450,000 m2)
Colors Maroon     
Affiliations University of Health Sciences, Lahore[1]
Pakistan Medical & Dental Council
College of Physicians & Surgeons Pakistan
Higher Education Commission
An aerial view of Nishtar Medical College

Nishtar Medical College is a public medical school located in Multan, Punjab, Pakistan. It is named after Sardar Abdur Rab Nishtar, a Muslim League stalwart, Pakistan movement activist, later Pakistani politician and then Governor of Punjab, Pakistan. It is one of older medical schools in the country (the oldest being KEMC Lahore and the second Dow Medical College Karachi). The majority of the degrees it awards are in the fields of Medicine and Dentistry.

Programs offered[edit]

The college has the following programs:[2]

Undergraduate Programs;

  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS): a 5-year undergraduate program equivalent to MD in United States.
  • Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS): a 4-year undergraduate program.
  • Bachelor of Science (BSc Allied Health Sciences): 4-year undergraduate programs offering majors in Emergency and Intensive Care Sciences, Dental Technology, Dental Hygiene, Medical Laboratory Technology, Medical Imaging Technology, Biotechnology, Optometry, Audiology, Orthotics & Prosthetics, Operation Theatre Technology, Cardiac Perfusion, Occupational Therapy, Speech & Language Pathology, Respiratory Therapy, and Nutrition.
  • Bachelor of Science (BSc Nursing): a 4-year undergraduate program.

Postgraduate Programs;[3]



Main entrance of Nishtar Medical College
Quadrangle of Nishtar Medical College

The college is located at a distance of 3 km from the city centre. The campus is spread over 20 acres (81,000 m2) of land. Nishtar Hospital, one of the largest hospitals in Pakistan, is located adjacent to the college. The total area of the campus, hospital and hostel area is more than 112 acres (0.45 km2).

The city of Multan is one of the hottest localities of Pakistan; this is reflected in architecture of the college and hospital — high ceilings and large windows are commonplace.

The college itself is spacious, with the various academic departments housed around a central quadrangle. The quadrangle is a large garden used for student functions and gatherings. There is an attached hospital, adjacent hostels, and faculty residential colony. The college as well as the hostels are nostalgic of old Islamic architecture. The buildings added to the campus in the 1960s to early 1980s were designed by A. R. Hye.[5]


A student is eligible to apply after a Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC)/A Level/Equivalent examination. Candidates are selected by a rigorous admission process that includes a competitive centralized Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) conducted by University of Health Sciences Lahore annually. Merit is determined by the marks obtained on the MCAT, Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC)/A Level/Equivalent examination and Secondary School Certificate (SSC)/O Level/Equivalent examination.

Foreign/International students can apply for admission through the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan.[6]

Student life[edit]

Students come from the province of Punjab and other parts of Pakistan, as well as from several other countries, including the US, Canada, UK, Jordan, Palestine, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Africa and the Middle East. Most choose to live in the hostels on the campus. Facilities on campus include a swimming pool, a basketball court, squash courts, football, hockey, cricket grounds, lawn tennis courts, table tennis, a badminton court and a jogging track. There are many student societies, clubs, and associations to meet the recreational and vocational needs of students.


The college is recognized for undergraduate and post-graduate training by the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council[7] and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Pakistan.[8]

It is listed in the FAIMER International Medical Education Directory of International Medical Schools.[9] Nishtar's graduates are eligible to appear in different countries medical licensing exams, notable among them are United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) and Professional and Linguistic Assessment Board test (PLAB) of UK.


Nishtar Medical College has the following departments:[10][11]

Basic Health Sciences departments
Behavioral Medicine
Forensic Medicine
Community Medicine
Clinical Health Sciences departments
Obstetrics & Gynaecology

In addition, allied specialty exposure is ensured in the areas of Orthopedics, Urology, Anesthesia, Pediatric Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Psychiatry, Neurosurgery, Dermatology, Family Medicine, Radiology and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

Attached teaching hospitals
Nishtar Hospital, Multan
Nishtar Institute of Dentistry, Multan
Multan Institute of Nuclear Medicine & Radiotherapy, Multan
Fatima Jinnah Women Hospital, Multan


Nishtar Medical College graduates have a strong alumni presence in United States. Nishtar Alumni Association of North America (NANA) continues to fund one major project in NMC every year as they have done in the past few years. Some of the continuing and past projects include 25 scholarships per year, extension project of the pediatrics ward, conference room in the ER, and this year Simulation Lab for the students.[12]


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