The College of Medical Sciences was established in 1978 as a Medical School as an integral part of the University offering courses in two faculties of Medicine & Surgery and Basic Medical Sciences.
While the Faculty of Medicine & Surgery offered only the MB.BCh programme, the Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences offered Anatomy, Biochemistry and Physiology.
The College has dramatically increased in its academic scope over the years and today there are changes both in the number of faculties and in its nomenclature.
Within the 24 years of the existence of the College, successive Provosts who have successfully managed its affairs have included the following:
Prof. A. O. Williams - 1978 – 1981
Prof. Irwin Samuel - 1981 – 1983
Prof. Ed’ B. Attah - 1983 – 1988
Prof. Joseph J. Andy - 1988 – 1992
Okuku (Prof.) A. A. Otu - 1994 – 1998
Prof. Spencer Efem - 1998 – 2002
Prof. Obiora Onuba - 2002 – 2006
Prof. Itam Hogan Itam - 2006 – 2010
Prof. S. J. Etuk - 2010 – 2014
Prof. Maurice Asuquo - 2014 till date
Currently there are 3 faculties in the College comprising 17 Departments in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, 4 Departments in Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences and 4 Departments in Faculty of Allied Medical Sciences.
These 26 departments offer 10 B.Sc, MB.BCh, BDch programmes, 6 PGD, 1 HND, 12 M.Sc and 7 Ph.D.