POLTAVA STATE MEDICAL UNIVERSITY (Ukrainian Medical Stomatological Academy as former name) is one of the oldest leading institutions of higher education in Ukraine, the history of which begins with the Faculty of Odontology, organized at the Kharkiv Medical Academy in 1921. The faculty became the first academic specialized educational institution for training dentists. In 1931 the faculty was reorganized into the Kharkiv Stomatological Institute, which in 1967 was transferred to Poltava.

Currently studying at the Academy of 3615 students, 1400 of them – foreigners from 42 countries. Training is conducted in the dental, medical faculties, faculty training foreign citizens Faculty of Graduate Education and the department of pre-university training. On the basis of the PSMU established college that prepares undergraduate and junior medical staff.


In the structure of the Academy were 56 departments. Medical-advisory work carried out on the 35 clinical departments of the Academy, located in the best regional and city hospitals Poltava.


The scientific potential of Poltava State Medical University (PSMU) is 82 doctors, 316 PhDs, 75 professors, 171 associate professors, 2 Laureate of the State Prize of Ukraine, 8 Honoured Scientist of Ukraine, 6 Honoured Doctor of Ukraine.



September 30, 1921 Ukrholovprofosu board decided to create odontology department in the Kharkiv Medical Academy and relevant arrangements, as well as recruitment of students and scientific personnel. On November 8, 1921, at the meeting of the Small Board of Ukrgolovprofos, a decision was made to transform the Kharkiv Medical Academy into the medical institute with two faculties: Medical and Odontologic. This historic decision laid the foundation for higher dental education in Ukraine, and dentistry is recognized as an integral part of clinical medicine.

The legacy of the Faculty of Odontology was inherited by the Kharkiv Stomatological Institute in 1931, the Poltava Medical Stomatological Institute in 1967, the Poltava Medical Stomatological Institute in 1994 and the Poltava State Medical University in 2021.

In  its formation and development, the Poltava Medical Stomatological Institute has passed a thorny path, which can be divided into six periods: the first: since the organization of the Faculty of Odontology at the Kharkiv Medical Academy (1921 – 1931); the second:  since the transformation of the faculty into independent Kharkiv Stomatological Institute (1931 – 1941); the third is the period of evacuation to Frunze city (Kyrgyz SSR) and its functioning as a faculty of the Kyrgyz Medical Institute (1941 – 1944); the fourth: re-evacuation to Kharkiv after its liberation from Nazi invaders, restoration of training bases and further development of scientific research (1944 – 1967); the fifth:  transfer to Poltava and its transformation into Poltava Medical Stomatological Institute (1968 – 1993); the sixth: from the transformation of the institute into the Ukrainian Medical Stomatological Academy (1994-2020), the seventh: since 2021 from reorganization of the UMSA into the Poltava State Medical University.


In 1994, on the initiative of the Rector Mykola Serhiiovych Skrypnikov, the institute obtained the IV level of accreditation and the status of the Ukrainian Medical Stomatological Academy. Under his leadership, new buildings, complexes of family and student dormitories were built; new departments were established; the Faculty of Postgraduate Education (now the Academic and Research Institute of Postgraduate Education) was organized. The Faculty of Nursing and Dental Technician Department (now a Vocational College of Medicine and Pharmacy) were opened.


The construction of the fourth dormitory, a physiological building with a central research laboratory, was completed. A Preparatory Department for Foreign Citizens (now the Educational and Research Center for Foreign Citizens Training) has been organized. In 2000, for the first time the University was licensed to train specialists in Pediatrics.

In 2003, Professor Zhdan Viacheslav Mykolayovych became the Rector.

In 2005, the name was changed to the Higher State Educational Establishment of Ukraine “Ukrainian Medical Stomatological Academy”.

In 2018, the HEI was renamed in the Ukrainian Medical Stomatological Academy. In the same year a historical event took place in the life of the university. It joined the signatories of the Magna Charta Universitatum, stating its adherence to the basic principles declared in this document.

In 2020, in order to ensure high-quality training of specialists, the Medical Education and Research Institute was established, which includes a Vocational College of Medicine and Pharmacy


University Today

By the Order of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine №335 as of February 24, 2021 the Ukrainian Medical Stomatological Academy was reorganized by joining the newly formed Poltava State Medical University (according to the Order of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine as of December 9, 2020 № 1537-r “On the establishment of Poltava State Medical University”).

This period is marked by profound positive changes in all spheres of the PSMU activity: renewal and reinforcement of the logistic base, introduction of the new degree programs, expansion of the international cooperation, implementation of important projects and programs. Agreements are concluded with foreign medical universities for the exchange of students and teaching staff. The work of student self-government bodies is expanding.


Currently, the PSMU conducts undergraduate training of specialists at 4 faculties: Dental, Medical №1, Medical №2, International; postgraduate training at  the Academic and Research Institute of Postgraduate Education; pre-medical training at the Preparatory Department for Citizens of Ukraine, at the Educational and Research Center for Foreign Citizens Training. The University has organized the Academic and Research Clinical “Dental Center”, where the experts of the university provide multidisciplinary consultative and medical dental care to the population of the city and the region.

Foreign citizens study in accordance with the curricula and programs of the Ministry of Education and Science and the Ministry of Health of Ukraine; on an equal footing with domestic students they use classrooms, reading rooms and the library; they are allocated with premises for cultural, religious events and gatherings of fellow countrymen. The educational process is provided by educators who have special training and extensive experience working with foreign citizens at the initial stages of their education. After graduating from the University, foreign citizens are awarded with internationally recognized diplomas.


In order to implement the state policy in the field of higher education, the Scientific and Methodological Laboratory of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine for the training of dentists is operating in the PSMU. The Center for Practical Training has been established, which includes educational and practical training centers, where students of all faculties and interns have the opportunity to prepare for state attestation.

In order to perform basic and applied research in the relevant scientific areas in the structure of the University operates the Research Institute of Genetic and Immunological Foundations of Pathology and Pharmacogenetics.


The Poltava State Medical University trains specialists in accordance with the Information on the implementation of educational activities in the field of higher education in specialties at the level of:


  • Dentistry
  • Medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • Public Health


Bachelors (the Junior Specialist Diploma is required):

  • Nursing (223, educational program “Nursing Care”) (the Junior Specialist Diploma, Junior Bachelor Diploma is required);
  • Bachelors (11 years of complete secondary education is required):
  • Nursing (223, educational programs “Paramedic”, “Nursing Care”) (general secondary education is required);


Professional Junior Bachelors (9 years of general secondary education is required):

  • Nursing (223, educational program “Nursing Care”);
  • Dentistry (221, educational program “Prosthetic Dentistry”);
  • Pharmacy, Industrial Pharmacy (226, educational program “Pharmacy”);


Professional Junior Bachelors (11 years of complete secondary education is required):

  • Nursing (223, educational program “Nursing Care”);
  • Dentistry (221, educational program “Prosthetic Dentistry”);
  • Pharmacy, Industrial Pharmacy, full-time study (226, educational program “Pharmacy”);
  • Pharmacy, Industrial Pharmacy, distance study (226, educational program “Pharmacy”);


The University offers:


  • training of citizens of Ukraine for admission to higher education institutions;
  • training of foreign citizens for admission to higher education institutions;
  • advanced training (specialization) in basic areas (specialties);
  • training of foreigners and stateless persons in accredited areas (specialties);
  • training of specialists in internship (primary postgraduate specialization);
  • training of foreign citizens in clinical residency.

International cooperation is one of the leading activities of the University to create conditions for collaboration with foreign institutions of higher education. Cooperation agreements have been signed with educational institutions in Austria, Belarus, Armenia, Great Britain, Greece, Georgia, Israel, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Poland, Tajikistan, etc. The PSMU is a member of the Consortium of Medical Higher Education Institutions within the Erasmus + program, the French-Ukrainian program “ASFUDS” for health and pharmacy professionals (France), the International program of internship and development of medical professionals of Ukraine “Polish Erasmus +”.




Excellent hostel facility for boys and girls separately close to the academic block in the campus itself. The rooms in the hostel have attached bathroom and other ancillary facilities. Poltava State Medical University (PSMU) operates four dormitories, which area is in short distance from the school. Foreign students live in 9 floor building which are equipped and furnished by 100%.

Rooms available with 1 person in one room, 2 persons in one room,3 persons in one room with internet zone. There are several accommodation options for international students and it is important to consider whether you prefer an independent lifestyle or enjoy living in a community.

Combine the convenience of living on or near campus, access to programs and services to help you excel academically, the opportunity to build lasting friendships, and comfortable, affordable living and you have the life of a University.

The territory of the University and the main students’ routes from the hostels to the educational buildings are protected and patrolled by officers of guard service.

Rooms on campus are available to students.

All hostel rooms are furnished and vary in size and number of conveniences.

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