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.
In the past, these healthcare professionals were trained exclusively by health training institutions under the Ministry of Health with the aim to extend care to the people in areas that had few or no physicians.
The entry requirement for the UCC Physician assistant course
Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSSCE): 6 passes with aggregate 24 or better and including 3 core subjects. Elective subjects must include Biology, Chemistry and Physics or Mathematics
Also below is the Post Graduate Admission Requirements to Study Physician Assistant at University of cape coast
In order to be admitted into the post graduate physician assistant studies, the applicant
- Must have First Degree from an Accredited Tertiary Institution (Second Class Lower Division or better) in the Sciences or any Science related Course of study.
- Must Complete National Service with any recognized tertiary institution
- Must pass an Entrance Examination conducted by the university(UCC)
The Department of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Cape Coast has relocated to a new office at the basement of the C. A. Ackah Lecture Theatre Complex (CALC).
The new office, sourced from internally generated funds of the Department, will accommodate Administrators and the Head of Department, as well as Pre-Clinical and Clinical Units headed by Coordinators.
Speaking at the inauguration, the Head of the Department, Dr. Stephen Ocansey, explained that the relocation was necessitated by the Department to provide office accommodation for faculty and administrative staff for efficient functioning of the Department.
‘Due to the increase in student enrolment,’ he continued, ‘the Department has been on a recruitment drive to increase the number of its full-time faculty.’
‘The total full-time faculty currently stands at ten (10), and there are plans to increase this to twelve (12) by 2023,’ he added.
Dr. Stephen Ocansey was optimistic that the creation of the new office accommodation would help the Department perform its core mandate to train Physician Assistants (Medical) to meet the manpower needs of government’s commitment to a rapid expansion in the Ghana Health Service.
Department of Physician Assistant Studies at a glance
· Established in January, 2016.
· Focuses on training the middle level manpower in medicine to bridge the high doctor to patient ratio in Ghana.
· The Department runs a four-year BSc. Physician Assistant Studies program, and currently has about 400 students, having graduated the second batch of its students in 2021.