Programmes

Programmes

1.  Bachelor in Physician Assistantship (Clinical)

This programme is suited for the student who has an interest in Medicine and a desire to care for the sick. The Physician Assistant (PA) is a health care professional who practices Medicine with physician supervision. The PA provides a broad range of medical diagnostic, therapeutic, and health promotion and disease prevention services. PAs are qualified by graduation from the PA educational programme and certification by the Ghana Medical and Dental Council to exercise a level of autonomy in the performance of clinical responsibilities within Ghana’s health care delivery system. The PA will work in primary care and specialty care roles in both rural and urban settings. As they are first or second assistants in major surgery, and provide pre- and post-operative care, they will be well versed in surgical skills. They will also have a role to play in preventive Medicine, as well as in educational, research, and administrative activities.

 

The programme

This is a four year programme.  The first two years are dedicated to preparing the student and cover foundational sciences and introduction to the profession. The third and fourth years focus on the professional training. They will be trained to take medical histories, perform physical examinations, order and interpret diagnostic tests, formulate a working diagnosis and implement a treatment/management plan.

In the third year, the student will learn about Preventive Medicine, Evidence Based Medicine, Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Diagnostic Methods, Health Administration as well as the foundation of Clinical Medicine. Teaching will be in the form of didactic lectures, tutorials and small group discussions, bedside demonstrations and field visits to clinics, health care centres and hospitals.

The final year will be predominantly clinical clerkships. Students will do clerkships in the major medical disciplines, via Internal Medicine, Surgery and its allied fields, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Paediatrics, Psychiatry, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine and Primary Care. These clerkships will be done in primary, secondary and tertiary health facilities, under the supervision of specialists in the health institutions. The acquisition of surgical skills in both Surgery and Obstetrics will be particularly emphasized, in addition to the Primary Care and Family Medicine elements of the course.

There are vocational training periods during the long vacations, during which the student will learn and develop practical skills.

Each student will undertake a research project in an area of Clinical Medicine, either curative or preventive. The dissertation based on this will be assessed as a requirement for graduation.

 

Year 1, Semester 1

COURSE CODECOURSE TITLECredits
UHAS 101English Language3
UHAS 103Quantitative Literacy3
UHAS 105Information Literacy3
SBBS 101General Chemistry3
SBBS 103Chemistry Practical1
SBBS 105Biology3
SBBS 107Biology Practical1
SBBS 109General Physics3
TOTAL CREDITS20

 

Year 1, Semester 2

COURSE CODECOURSE TITLECredits
UHAS 102Academic Writing3
UHAS 104Community Entry & Organization3
UHAS 106Medical Terminology3
UHAS 108Communication Skills & Report Writing3
UHAS 120Ghanaian & African Studies3
SBBS 102Research Methods I2
SMPA 102Introduction to Physician Assistant Profession2
SMPA 104Basic Nursing for Physician Assistants2
TOTAL CREDITS21

 

Long Vacation Term, Year 1

COURSE CODECOURSE TITLECredits
SMPA 200 Vocational Training I : Basic Nursing Skills Practical 3

 

Year 2, Semester 1

COURSE CODECOURSE TITLECredits
UHAS 201Health Care System in Ghana2
UHAS 203Medical Sociology2
SAHS 203Health Law and Ethics2
SBBS 201Introduction to Biostatistics3
SBBS 203General Anatomy3
SBBS 205General Physiology3
SBBS 207Anatomy Practical1
SBBS 209Physiology Practical1
SMPA 201Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology2
SMPA 203Introduction to Psychology3
TOTAL CREDITS22 

 

Year 2, Semester 2

COURSE CODECOURSE TITLECredits
SBBS 202Microbiology theory3
SBBS 204Microbiology practical1
BDTS 204General Pathology3
SMPA 204Anatomy  for Physician Assistant2
SMPA 206Anatomy for Physician Assistants Practical1
SMPA 208Physiology for Physician Assistants2
SMPA 212Physiology for Physician Assistants Practical1
SMPA 214History and Physical Examination Techniques1
SBBS 206General Biochemistry3
SBBS 208General Biochemistry Practical1
SBBS 212Research Methods II2
DMLS 218Introduction to Clinical Laboratory Practice3
TOTAL CREDITS23 

 

 

2.  Bachelor in Medicine and Surgery (MBChB)

 

Year 1, Semester 1

COURSE CODECOURSE TITLECredits
UHAS101English Language3
UHAS103Quantitative Literacy3
UHAS105Information Literacy3
SBBS 101General Chemistry3
SBBS103Chemistry Practical1
SBBS105Biology3
SBBS107Biology Practical1
SBBS109General Physics3
TOTAL CREDITS20

 

Year 1, Semester 2

COURSE CODECOURSE TITLECredits
UHAS 102Academic Writing3
UHAS 104Community Entry and Organization3
SMBM 102Introduction to the Human Body5(2 practicals)
UHAS 112Ghanaian & African Studies3
SMBM 104Introduction to Health care and Professional  Practice5 (1 Practical)
TOTAL CREDITS19

 

Long Vacation Term, Year 1

COURSE CODECOURSE TITLECredits
SMPA 200Vocational Training in Basic Nursing 4

 

Year 2, Semester 1

COURSE CODECOURSE TITLECredits
SMBM 201Cell Biology and Genetics5
SMBM 203Immunology and Infections5(3 practicals)
SMBM 205Membranes and Receptors5
SMBM 207Health Population and Disease5
TOTAL CREDITS20

 

Year 2, Semester 2

COURSE CODECOURSE TITLECredits
SMBM 202Processes and Mechanisms of Disease5
SMBM 204Nutrition and Metabolism in Health and disease5
SMBM 206Gastro-intestinal and Hepatobiliary System in Health and Disease5
SMBM 208Integumentary System5
SMBM 212Introduction to Psychology and Behavioral Science3
TOTAL CREDITS23

 

Long Vacation Term, Year 2

COURSE CODECOURSE TITLECredits
SMBM 300Vocational Training in Medical Practice I4

 

Year 3, Semester 1

COURSE CODECOURSE TITLECredits
SMBM 301 Respiratory System in Health and Disease5
SMBM 303Cardiovascular System in Health and Disease5
SMBM 305Renal System and Body Fluids in Health and Disease5
UHAS  203Health, Law and Ethics3
SMBM 307Endocrine System in Health and Disease5
TOTAL CREDITS23

 

Year 3, Semester 2

COURSE CODECOURSE TITLECredits
SMBM 302Reproductive and Foetal Medicine5
SMBM 304Neuroscience5
SMBM 306Musculo-skeletal System5
SMBM 312Hematopoietic and Lymphoreticular System in Health and Disease5
TOTAL CREDITS20

 

Long Vacation Term, Year 3

COURSE CODECOURSE TITLECredits
SMBM 400Vocational Training in Medical Practice II4