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Physician assistant salary in Ghana

 

In Ghana, physician assistant (PA) refers to three distinct groups of healthcare professionals trained in the medical model to practice medicine and dentistry: PA–Medical, also known as medical assistants; PA–Dental, also known as community oral health officers; and PA–Anesthesia, also known as nurse anesthetists.

Physician Assistants Salary In Ghana varies from private companies to public companies but the minimum or starting salary is 1800 Ghana Cedis.

8 highest paid PA specialities in 2022: Report
  • Cardiothoracic and vascular surgery: $125,000 a year.
  • Pathology: $119,000 a year.
  • Pain Medicine: $115,000 a year.
  • Dermatology: $115,000 a year.
  • Emergency medicine: $115,000 a year.
  • Neurosurgery: $115,000 a year.
  • Psychiatry: $115,000 a year.
  • Surgical subspecialties: $115,000 a year.
PAs are not doctors but they do hold an advanced practice medical certification. PAs are not “physician’s assistants” — they are Physician Assistants — part of your care team. Physician Assistants are not “want-to-be” doctors.
Overview. This is a 4-year program leading to the award BSc. Physician Assistantship and is based at the Asante Akyem Campus, Agogo. The program is affiliated to Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.

 

WHAT IS THE PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT ENTRY REQUIREMENTS IN GHANA?

An applicant must have Senior High School Certificate (SSSCE) aggregate 24 or West African Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) with aggregate 36 or better which should include credits in three core: English Language, Mathematics and Integrated Science and three elective subjects in the following: Chemistry, Biology and Physics.

State Registered Nurses (SRN) and Registered Midwives will receive exemptions from the level 100 courses and be eligible for admission to level 200.

Physician Assistant and General Nursing Diploma as well as Bachelor degree holders in life sciences (Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Sports and Exercise Medicine, Psychology) will be considered for admission to level 300 of the program and will as such be able to complete the program in two years.

Mature applicants must be at least 25years at the time of admission and must possess either five credits as GCE O-Level including English language and Mathematics or WASSCE/SSCE with credits in three core subjects (English, Mathematics and Integrated Science) plus three elective subjects (Chemistry, Biology and Physics).

Foreign students may be considered for admission if they hold a qualification equivalent to those stated above, proved they are proficient in English, Equivalent qualifications include; A-levels, High School Diplomas.

Holders of Diploma Certificate in Community Medicine should be placed in the 3rd year after a top-up or pre-entry course, to be determined by the college.

Today, the country has about 2,500 PAs. About 90% have been licensed to practice by the Medical and Dental Council of Ghana, the regulatory body for medical and dental health professionals. Of the total number of practicing PAs, close to 72% are PAs–Medical.
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