BSc. Physician Assistantship
Advanced Diploma / Diploma Applicants
Diploma holders in Medical Assistant with a minimum of B+ average/second class and three years working experience in addition to the basic qualification at SSSCE/’O’ Level may be admitted to the Third Year of the programme. All diploma candidates would be admitted after an interview.
Mature applicants must be nurses with SRN or RGN certificate. Candidates must have attained the age of 25 years or above. Successful applicants will be admitted to the Second Year of the programme.
Holders of BSc in the life sciences (Nursing, Biochemistry, Human Biology, Environmental Sciences, Public Health, Medical Laboratory Technology, Sports and Exercise Sciences, Herbal Medicine, Sonography etc.). Dental Assistants, Pharmacy Technicians and Laboratory Technicians with at least five (5) years on-the-job experience are also eligible. This category of applicants will be selected pending their passing an entrance examination and an interview.
Degree and Diploma holders will be admitted to Level 300 and 200 of the programme respectively.
All applicants should have at least Six (6) credits for English, Math, Integrated Science and 3 Electives in General Science, General Arts, Agricultural Science and Home Economics in WASSCE/ SSCE
The desire of the Government to improve access to basic health care of all Ghanaians led to the training of Physician Assistants. This was occasioned by the shortage and misdistribution of physicians. Further development of the health care delivery based on the Primary Health Care approach, has emphasized the need to train multi-purpose mid-level health professionals to deal with common diseases that constitute a big percentage of diseases afflicting most Ghanaians. Physician assistant, also known as PAs, practice medicine on teams with physicians, surgeons and other healthcare workers. They examine, diagnose, and treat patients.
Physician assistants work in all areas of medicine including primary care and family medicine, emergency medicine, surgery and psychiatry. The work of physician assistant depends in large part on their specialty or the type of medical practice where they work for example, a Physician assistant working in surgery may incisions and provide care before, during and after the operation. Physician Assistants typically do the following:
- Take or review patients medical histories
- Examine patients
- Order and interprets diagnostic tests, such as Xray or blood tests
- Diagnose a patients injury or illness
- Give treatment such as setting broken bones and minimizing patients
- Educate and counsel patients and their families, answering questions about how to care for a child with asthma.
- Prescribe medicine
- Assess and record a patients progress
- Research the latest treatments to ensure the quality of patient care.
It is with this mind that Redeemer College of health introduces a Bachelor of Science in Physician Assistantship.