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UCC ACCESS COURSES FOR ENROLLED NURSES

The Access Course in the SCHOOL OF ALLIED HEALTH SCIENCES is a Nine (9) week program to enable interested applicants with Certificate in Medical Laboratory Technology (for Medical Laboratory Sciences); HND in Hospitality Management/ Food Science and Technology (for Dietetics) and Certificate in Orthotics or Physiotherapy Assistantship (for Physiotherapy) from accredited institutions to enroll into degree program (Sandwich). Applicants with FGPA of not less than 2.5 with a minimum of three (3) years certified working experience, will enter degree program in the School of Allied Health Sciences. 

The University of Cape Coast Access Course for Post Nursing Assistant Clinical (NAC) and Nurse Assistant Preventive (NAP) is being held in four centres in the countrtry.

The Access Course which started on Monday, October 22, is a refresher course to prepare Post NAC/NAP final year students who could not get credit for English, Mathematics and Science in the West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE). The course is to prepare them to pass these subjects so as to qualify for the University’s Diploma in Midwifery Programme to be rolled out for Post NAC/NAP students.

Centres for Access Course

 Atibie NMTC in the Eastern Region is hosting the Access Course for students from Eastern, Volta and Greater Accra Regions, whiles Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) NMTC, Kumasi, is the centre for students in Ashanti and Brong Ahafo Regions. Students from the Central and Western Regions have their centre at Cape Coast NMTC whereas those from the Northern, Upper East and Upper West Regions are being hosted at Tamale NMTC for the Access Course.

Orientation for Access Course Students at Atibie NMTC

At an orientation programme for the students at Atibie, the Assistant Registrar, Institutional Affiliation Office, Mr. Justice Agyenim Boateng, entreated them to take the guided tutorials seriously and pass the examination in order to enrol on the Diploma Programme.

Mr. Boateng said hitherto, there was no clear path for  academic progression for Post NAC/NAP Certificate holders however, through the intervention of the Ministry of Health and the Nursing and Midwifery Council, the University agreed to design the Diploma programme to meet their needs. “A lot of consultation, efforts and work have gone into this programme and I don’t expect you to take your studies for granted, because this is a great opportunity for your academic and career progression,” he noted.  Mr. Boateng was accompanied by Josephine Jehu-Appiah – Junior Assistant Registrar at the Teaching and Examinations Section.

Briefing the team from UCC, the Principal of the College, Mrs. Pauline Osabutey, said about 242 students had reported for the Access Course on the first day.  She said all the necessary arrangements had been made for the students to feel comfortable for their studies. During a visit to Cape Cape NMTC, the Principal, Hajia Halima Opoku Ahmed, reported that 85 students had registered for the Course.

Interaction with Students at KATH NMTC

Interacting with the students, Mr. Boateng urged them to take into consideration the prospects ahead and put in their best to pass the Access Course examination to be able to continue with the Diploma programme. “After the Diploma, there are numerous opportunities for you to upgrade yourself to the PhD level” he urged them.

Addressing students at KATH NMTC, Kumasi, Mr. Boateng said the tutors for the Access Course have been instructed to guide the students in selected topics prepared by the Chief Examiners from UCC. He entreated them to learn and take part in classroom and group discussions to help them pass the examination. “I know most of you have made lots of sacrifices to take part in this course because, of your ambition to attain higher academic laurels and also rise through the ranks in the Nursing profession” he noted.

Mr. Boateng reminded the students to be motivated by the fact that they could now upgrade themselves in any University in the world after obtaining the Diploma from UCC. “Some of you have waited anxiously to see this dream come to pass so you cannot just relax and go home without passing the Access Course to do the Diploma,”

The Principal of KATH NMTC, Mr. Albert Opoku, said the College had recorded 440 students for the course.

Visit to Tamale Teaching Hospital NMTC

At the Tamale, Mr. Boateng interacted with 220 students who have enrolled on the Access Course at the Tamale Teaching Hospital NMTC. He assured them that the examinations would be restricted to topics they were being taught. The Principal of the College, Mr. Abdulai Abdul-Malik, said the needed support have been provided to ensure that the students study under a conducive academic environment. He commended UCC for playing a remarkable role in helping the students to be more useful to the society adding that “These calibre of Midwives who work mostly in the rural areas are very experienced and I know the Diploma programme will provide them with new set of skills to reduce further infant mortality in Ghana,” he noted.

Successful Candidates from the Access Course would be required to pass a selection interview and enroll at Level 200 of the Sandwich Program in the following year. Programs to be enrolled on successful completion of the access course and selection interview are:

  • Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Sciences
  • Bachelor of Dietetics
  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy

The Deadline for submission of online Applications is May 25, 2022 for Access applicants.

SCHOOL OF NURSING AND MIDWIFERY ACCESS COURSE (SONAM)

Access Course in the SCHOOL OF NURSING AND MIDWIFERY is a program to enable auxiliary Nurses, Midwives, and Community Health Nurses who already hold certificates and Auxiliary Identification numbers (AIN) or Professional Identification numbers (PIN) in Post-basic Midwifery from the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Ghana to enroll onto degree SANDWICH programs in the School of Nursing and Midwifery. The point of entry will be Level 100 / 200 depending on the applicant’s professional background and choice of program. Applicants MUST pass the Access Course examination before they are considered for admission into the SANDWICH program which has the following options:

  • Bachelor of Nursing
  • Bachelor of Midwifery
  • Bachelor of Public Health Nursing

The Access Course in the School of Nursing and Midwifery will run for 9 weeks. The Access Course will be a blend of online and face-to-face mop-up teaching and learning starting from June 27, 2022 to July 29, 2022(i.e. 5weeks Online) and face-to-face starting from August 1, 2022 to August 22, 2022 at Worawora Learning Centre.

The Deadline for submission of online Applications is May 25, 2022 for Access applicants.

SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH (SPH) – WORAWORA

The Access Course in the SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH is a five (5) week programme   to enable interested applicants with the requisite entry requirements to enroll onto degree programme (Sandwich) in the School of Public Health, after passing the Access Course examinations. 

Entry Requirements

GHANAIAN APPLICANTS

  • A holder of a certificate from Ministry of Health and Ghana Health Service training schools, Ministry of Local Government institutions and other accredited health training schools who have practised for three years or more may apply. These shall include: Community Health Nurses, Auxiliary Nurses and Midwives, Health Assistants (Clinical) certificate holders working as Environmental Health Officers, certificate or diploma holders working as Environmental Health Assistants, Nutrition Officers, Disease Control Officers and Health Information Officers as well as Officers in closely related fields such as Statistics, Sociology and Demography.
  • A holder of a diploma in any Health Care discipline or Environmental Health discipline with a FGPA below 2.50 and has served in a Health Care position or an Environmental Health position for three years or more may apply.
  • Applicants should upload a scanned copy of their Certificates, Professional Identification Number (PIN) or Auxiliary Identification Number (AIN), and their Academic Transcripts.

Successful Candidates will be enrolled at Level 200 of the SANDWICH programme in the Bachelor of Public Health (BPH) with the following options:

  • Disease Control
  • Health Information
  • Health Promotion
  • Nutrition
  • Mental Health
  • Environmental Health

The Access Course will be a blend of online and face-to-face mop-up teaching from May 16, 2022 to June 10, 2022.

Face-to-face mop-up and Examination at UHAS Worawora Learning Centre from June 11, 2022 to June 20, 2022.

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