Department of Midwifery
(Head: Hajia Halima Ahmed)
Garden City University College was accredited to run B.Sc Midwifery programme from the beginning of the 2013/ 2014 academic year. It is a new department of the Faculty of Health Science with a mission to train highly skilled and knowledgeable professional midwives who will promote the health and wellbeing of childbearing women and their families.
It is a four-year programme where the first two years is devoted to the acquisition of basic Nursing skills. Students from the departments of Midwifery and Nursing have lectures together during this period using the same curriculum. This is to enable the midwives' defect abnormal conditions in mother and child, to know when to obtain medical assistance and to take emergency measures in the absence of medical help.
In the first year, basic nursing courses taken include Anatomy and Physiology, Perspectives of Nursing, Health Promotion, Foundations of Nursing and Microbiology among others. Courses offered in the second year are Medical / Surgical Nursing, First Aid, Pathology, Pharmacology, Nutrition and Dietetics and Advanced Emergency and Disaster Nursing. Students have practice at the medical/ surgical units at various hospitals. It is hoped that by the end of the second year the midwife will possess a strong background in basic nursing procedures.
During the last two years students take the core course in midwifery such as Normal and Abnormal Pregnancy, Normal and Abnormal Labour, Puerperium, Neonatal and pediatric Nursing. Other relevant courses are Reproductive Health, Domiciliary Midwifery and Midwifery Research.
Students are introduced to Psychiatric and Public Health Nursing to help them cope with the emergence of new health problems in the society. The student at the end of the four years should be competent enough to provide preconceptional care, diagnose and monitor pregnancy, conduct deliveries on her own responsibilities and offer postpartum care including family planning.
The Nurses and Midwives Council of Ghana is responsible for licensing the students at the end of their programme to practice as professional midwives. Students are therefore mandated to take the licensing examination conducted by the NMC before they could practice. The midwifery programme at the University College is run according to the statutes and policies of the Nurses and Midwives council of Ghana.
Professional midwives with Diploma Certificates from recognized institutions could enter the programme at level 300. This programme is run during the weekends but covers the requirements as for the regular students.
The programme started this academic year with twenty-six (26) students in Level 100 and eight (8) students in Level 200. Females form twenty-three and a half percent (23.5%) of the total number of students admitted, which is not very encouraging, as the programme is not the preserve of men. We, therefore, entreat more females with the requisite science qualification to apply and be trained.
There were a few challenges in the conduct of practicals as the laboratories were gradually being equipped. However, these challenges were overcome when supplies of reagents and equipment were received in time. A large consignment of additional equipment was also shipped by the Founder in the middle of the second semester which will go a long way to provide the platform for more practical work on campus.
To complement practical work on campus, 3rd year students will be required to undergo a minimum of four (4)-weeks mandatory practicum during the 2nd semester break at a clinical laboratory in a healthcare facility. It is intended to expose students to the workplace environment to experience hands-on learning under supervision, interacting with patients, peers, qualified laboratory personnel, and other health care providers.
Successful completion of vacation practical attachment shall equip students to demonstrate some level of practical competence and confidence. Students will be required to write a report of the vacation practical attachment- to be endorsed/authenticated by the Laboratory supervisor.
The report shall cover knowledge, skills and competences acquired during the period of attachment and turned in at beginning of the following semester, preferably in a binder or notebook, for validation by the Head of Department.
Each student will be responsible for his/her own work (no sharing results-even if more than one person were placed in the same health facility and worked in the same laboratory environment). Marks will be awarded for the report and shall constitute 50% of the Continuous Assessment.
Department of Medical Laboratory Technology
(Head: Dr. Yeboah Marfo-Debrekyei)
The B.Sc. Medical Laboratory Technology Programme in the Faculty of Health Sciences started in the 2013-2014 academic year. It is a four-year programme leading to the award of B.Sc. Medical Laboratory Technology.
In the first two years of the programme (described as the foundation or pre-clinical stage) students take lectures in some basic science courses and introductory laboratory courses including laboratory safety among other relevant areas of study. The curriculum at this stage emphasizes on the principles and standard procedures involved in laboratory testing. The laboratory practical sessions at this stage of the programme will be offered mainly at the department laboratories.
In the 3rd and 4th years of the programme (described as the clinical laboratory stage), students take lectures in the core clinical laboratory science courses, and other relevant courses such as Laboratory Quality Management Systems, Biostatistics, and Entrepreneurship and Innovation Skills. The curriculum at this stage of the programme is designed in such a way that allows students to go out of campus to undertake laboratory practical sessions in selected accredited hospital laboratories within the metropolis.
In this age of evidence-based healthcare practice, medical laboratory services provide the largest body of empirical data that constitute the evidence. Laboratory professionals perform a myriad of laboratory tests to provide critical information to physicians to enable them to make diagnostic, therapeutic and prognostic decisions on patient's conditions.
The work of Medical Laboratory Technologist or Biomedical Scientist is highly varied, practical, employing multifaceted approaches, and analytical. It is often based on a diversity of scientific principles and methods. Medical laboratory technology is a very dynamic profession, such that the responsibilities of medical laboratory scientists will continue to change and expand as new medical knowledge is discovered in our ever-evolving environment.
Recognizing the critical role of laboratory testing in the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases, it is imperative for practitioners to possess a strong academic background in the basic medical sciences and in the major disciplines of medical laboratory sciences. Medical Laboratory Technologists or Biomedical Scientist should be able to demonstrate a high level of technical and analytical proficiency with ability to use automated equipment and computerized instruments and other sophisticated laboratory equipment, and to evaluate test results, develop and modify procedures, and establish and monitor quality assurance systems, with the view to ensuring the accuracy and reliability of test results.
The programme offered at Garden City University College seeks not only to address the inadequacy of requisite manpower in this field of medicine, but most importantly to produce highly qualified Medical Laboratory Technologists or Biomedical Scientists who will deliver accurate, reliable and credible laboratory results for patient care.
Department of Nursing
(Dr Mrs Yaa Obirikorang)
Nursing is a vibrant interpersonal process which seeks to promote, maintain and restore health. It is a unique profession whose practitioners have competencies in assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of health care. Nursing requires innovation to offer creative responses whilst working within the ethical and legal framework in order to meet the changing patterns of health care. The School of Nursing commenced its BSc/Diploma programmes in June 2007, and plays a leading role in nursing education in Ghana, using science and art to train generics and practicing nurses to provide quality nursing care to all, irrespective of race, sex, religion, creed and beliefs.
The Department of Nursing strives for excellence in its teaching and research programmes and its focus is on the promotion of the intellectual, cultural and personal development of all students. The school aims to integrate teaching, research and community services into its programmes with basic/applied sciences, medical-surgical nursing, community health nursing, maternal and child health, mental health nursing, research, nursing education and administration forming the core components of the courses. Theory and practice are the main areas of evaluation and are continuous throughout the training period.
The Licensing Assessment conducted by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Ghana (NMCG), the ultimate examination by which the student attains a professional license to practice. All nursing programmes at the University College are run strictly according to the statutes and policies of the Nurses and Midwives Council of Ghana – the statutory body that sees to the running of Nursing and Midwifery Education in the country. Failure to adhere to these statutes and policies will prevent students from attaining their dreams of becoming Professional Nurses.
The Department of Nursing is a member of the Association of University Nursing Programmes, Ghana (ASUNP).
Department of Physician Assistantship Studies
(Head: Dr. Eric Boachie-Agyemang)
The Department of Physician Assistantship Studies was established at the beginning of the 2013/2014 academic year, with the drawing of programme of studies and the admission of the first batch of students. Eighty-five (85) students and eighteen (18) students were admitted at levels 100 and 200 respectively. Two physicians who had retired from Public Service were then invited by the University College to support and nurture the newly born department into maturity. How feasible was the programme and with which staff were we to kickstart a programme for the students were the two main immediate challenges which confronted the department.
The Departments vision is ‘to become a centre of Excellence producing Physician Assistants of the highest quality and globally accepted’. Indeed, the vision is on course as exemplified by the performance of our students at the LICENSURE Examination organized by the Medical and Dental Council (MDC) of Ghana for Physician Assistants.
THE PROGRAMME OF STUDIES
Documents setting up the Department differentiate between Medical Assistants and Physician Assistants. Whereas “Medical Assistants” are well known in Ghana, the “Physician Assistant” is not. In a period of four years, the Department was to produce a graduate (BSc) in the model of a Physician who will work as primary care provider under such terms as the Medical and Dental Council would determine and regulate.
Department of Dental Therapy
(Head: Dr. Patrick E. Karikari)
The Department of Dental Therapy is one of the new programmes to be established at the University College this academic year. The need for this programme is hinged on the scarce availability of that cadre of the oral health team who should provide preventive, educational, and therapeutic services for the control of oral diseases and the promotion of oral health to support total health.
The planning for the programme started over five years ago and involved detailed work in setting-up the site for clinical training on campus as well as coming up with a curriculum to meet the objectives of the programme.
In the course of the academic year, the university college pursued the quest to meet all the statutory requirements to commence a programme:
- The affiliation of the programme to the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
- Accreditation by the National Accreditation Board
- Accreditation by the Medical and Dental Council, Ghana
The above credentials make Garden City University College the only institution in Ghana to run such a programme.
The clinical setting is ready and has started seeing clients; full-time dental surgeons have been engaged to offer services at the clinic. The Garden City University Clinic is registered with the Health Facilities Regulatory Authority and the National Health Insurance Authority. It is accredited by the Medical and Dental Council for training and registered with the Radiation Protection Agency of the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission.
The first batch of ten students were enrolled on to the programme in April 2018