Admission Requirements for all Nursing Schools in Ghana

 Admission Requirements for all Nursing Schools in Ghana

Full details of admission requirements for Nursing Programmes have been provided below. This content is useful for applicants who wish to apply for admission to any of the Nursing Schools in Ghana. It determines whether or not an applicant qualifies for admission.

Admission Requirements for Nursing Programmes in Ghana

Admission Requirements for Nursing Programmes

Here are the Admission Requirements for Nursing Programmes including Certificate programmes, Diploma programs, and other information you may find relevant.

NURSING PROGRAMMES

2.1 ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR NURSING PROGRAMMES                                                               

2.1.1 Auxiliary Programmes

  1. Nurse Assistant Clinical (NAC )
    1. Nurse Assistant Preventive (NAP)

Table 5: Requirements for Auxiliary Programmes ENTRY REQUIREMENT

  ENTRY REQUIREMENTS  
  WASSCE  SSSCE  
Age16 – 35 years  
Overall AggregateA cut-off aggregate score of Forty-Eight (48) or better in six subjects, comprising 3 core and 3 elective subjects.   A cutoff aggregate score of Thirty (30) or better in six subjects, comprising 3 core and 3 elective subjects.  
Core Subjects and Minimum GradesAT LEAST credits (A1-E8) in three core subjects. .e. English, Mathematics, and Integrated Science.  AT LEAST Passes (A-E) in three core subjects i.e    English,    Mathematics and Integrated Science.  
Elective Subjects and Minimum   GradesAT LEAST passes (A1-E8) in three Elective subjects  AT LEAST passes (A-E) in three Elective subjects  

DIPLOMA PROGRAMMES

Diploma Nursing programmes offered in Health Training Institutions are as follows:  

  1. Registered General Nursing
  2. Registered Mental Nursing
  3. Registered Midwifery (Females only)
  4. Registered Community Health Nursing

Table 6: Requirements for Basic Nursing Programmes

  ENTRY REQUIREMENTS       
  WASSCE     SSCE  
Age   16 – 35 years    
Overall Aggregate  An aggregate score of thirty (30) or better in six subjects, comprising 3 core and 3 elective subjects.  An aggregate score of Twenty Four (24) or better in six subjects, comprising 3 core and 3 elective subjects.  
Core Subjects and Minimum Grades  Credits (A1 – C6) in three Core Subjects i.e. English, Mathematics, and Integrated Science.  Credits (A- D) in three Core Subjects i.e.   English, Mathematics, and Integrated Science.  
Elective Subjects and   Minimum Grades  Credits (A1 – C6) in three Elective Subjects.  Credits (A – D) in three Electives Subjects.  

2.1.3 Post Basic Programmes (BSc)                                                                           

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Requirements for Post Basic Nursing and Midwifery Programmes vary according to the programme of study. Programme specific requirements are given in Table 7 below.

Age: Not more than 50 years, subject to medical fitness.

Table 7: Programme Specific Requirements for Post Basic programmes  

PROGRAMME  SERVICE REQUIREMENT  QUALIFICATION REQUIRED  
Peri-Operative Nursing   Critical Care Nursing  Mandatory one-year Rotation/Internship/National   Service   Three years’ experience in a relevant Basic area OR two (2) years’ work experience upon a request from a facility after internship.  RGN   Physician Assistants   RMN   RM   RCN  
ENT Nursing   Ophthalmic (BSc)   
Public Health Nursing (BSc)Mandatory one (1) year   Rotation/Internship/National Service   Three (3) years experience in a relevant Basic area OR two (2) years’ work experience upon a request from a facility after internship.  RGN   RMN   RM   RCN    
   Post NAC/NAP  Midwifery   an At least three (3) years experience in a relevant Auxiliary area.     Nurse Assistant Preventive (NAP)   Nurse Assistant Clinical (NAC)  
(BSc) AnesthesiaAt least one (1) year Rotation/Internship/National Service   Two (2) years experience in a relevant Basic area OR one (1) year work experience upon a request from a facility after internship.   General Nurse   Physician Assistant (Medical)  
BSc Environmental Health  Products from Accra School of Hygiene.  WASSCE students with Pure Science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology)     Possess Diploma in Environmental   Health from KNUST, Kumasi    Possess WAHEB/GHAHEB    Pure Science WASSCE  
Admission Requirements for Nursing Programmes in Ghana

ALLIED HEALTH PROGRAMMES

3.1 ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

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3.1.1 Certificate Programmes

1. Environmental Health (HO AND TAMALE SCHOOLS OF HYGIENE)

Table 7: Requirements for Auxiliary Programmes

  ENTRY REQUIREMENTS  
  WASSCE  SSSCE  
Age16 – 35 years  
Overall AggregateA cut off aggregate score of Forty-Eight (48) or better in six (6) subjects, comprising three (3) core and three (3) elective   A cutoff aggregate score of  Thirty Six  (36) or better in six (6) subjects, comprising three (3) core and three (3)  
Core Subjects and Minimum   GradesAT LEAST credits (A1-E8) in three (3) core subjects i.e.     English,     Mathematics, and Integrated Science.   AT LEAST Passes (A-E) in three (3) core subjects i.e English, Mathematics, and Integrated Science.  
Elective Subjects and Minimum   GradesAT LEAST passes (A1-E8) in three (3) Elective subjects   AT LEAST passes (A-E) in three (3) Elective subjects  

3.1.2 Diploma Programmes

  1. Environmental Health (Diploma)
  2. Technical Officer (Dental Technology)
  3. Occupational Therapy
  4. Physiotherapy
  5. Community Nutrition
  6. Health Informatics  
  7. Prosthesis and Orthotic Technology
  8. Optical Technology

Table 8: Requirements for Diploma Programmes

  ENTRY REQUIREMENTS  
  WASSCE  SSCE  
Age16 – 35 years  
Overall AggregateAn aggregate score of thirty-Six (36) or better in six (6) subjects, comprising three (3) core and three (3) elective subjects.  An aggregate score of Twenty Four (24) or better in six (6) subjects, comprising three (3) core and three (3) elective subjects.  
Core Subjects and Minimum GradesCredits (A1 – C6) in three (3) Core Subjects i.e. English, Mathematics, and Integrated Science.  Credits (A- D) in three (3) Core Subjects i.e. English, Mathematics, and Integrated   Science.  
Elective Subjects and Minimum GradesCredits (A1 – C6) in three (3) Elective Subjects.   Credits (A – D) in three (3) Electives Subjects.  

COLLEGE OF HEALTH, KINTAMPO (CoHK)

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The College of Health and Wellbeing, Kintampo, formerly known as the Rural Health Training School runs about fourteen (14) different programmes. These programmes range from Certificate (Auxiliary) through to the Bachelors level and cover both preventive and curative health care. Some of the programmes are direct entry programmes (for SSSCE graduates) whilst others are Post basic Entry Programmes (for serving officers).

4.1 ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

4.1.1 Certificate (Auxiliary) Programmes

  1. Field Technician (Community Health)
  2. Health Records Management

Table 10: Requirements for Certificate Programmes

  ENTRY REQUIREMENTS  
  WASSCE  SSSCE  
Age16 – 35 years  
Overall AggregateA cutoff aggregate score of Forty-Eight (48) or better in six (6) subjects, comprising three (3) core and three (3) elective subjects.   A cutoff aggregate score of  Thirty Six  (36) or better in six  (6) subjects, comprising three (3) core and three (3) elective subjects.  
Core Subjects and Minimum   GradesAT LEAST credits (A1-E8) in three (3) core subjects i.e.     English,     Mathematics, and Integrated Science. AT LEAST Passes (A-E) in three (3) core subjects i.e English, Mathematics, and Integrated Science.  
Elective Subjects and Minimum   GradesAT LEAST passes (A1-E8) in three (3) Elective subjects   AT LEAST passes (A-E) in three (3) Elective subjects  

4.1.2 Diploma Programmes

Requirements for entry into these programmes vary according to the programme offered.  

  • Direct Entry (using SSSCE or WASSCE) Programmes requiring General Science as an elective
  • Direct Entry (using SSSCE or WASSCE) Programmes which do not require General Science as an elective
  • Post Basic Entry (for serving officers)

1. Direct Entry Diploma Programmes

a. Programmes Requiring General Science as an Elective

1. Technical Officer (Medical Laboratory Technology)

Table 11: Requirements for Programmes which require General Science as an Elective 

  ENTRY REQUIREMENTS  
  WASSCE  SSCE  
Age16 – 35 years  
Overall AggregateAn aggregate score of thirty (30) or better in six (6) subjects, comprising three (3) core and three (3) elective subjects.   An aggregate score of Twenty Four  (24)  or better in six (6) subjects,  comprising three (3) core and three (3) elective subjects.  
Core Subjects and Minimum   GradesCredits (A1 – C6) in three (3) Core Subjects i.e. English, Mathematics, and Integrated Science.  Credits (A- D) in three (3) Core Subjects i.e.   English, Mathematics, and Integrated Science.  
Elective Subjects and Minimum   Grades  Credits (A1 – C6) in three (3) Science   Elective Subjects. i.e. Biology,   Physics, Chemistry  Credits (A- D) in three (3) Science Elective   Subjects. i.e. Biology, Physics,   Chemistry  

Programmes that do NOT Require General Science as an Elective 

  1. Technical Officer (Health Information Option)  
  2. Technical Officer (Community Health – Disease Control& Surveillance Option)  
  3. Technical Officer (Community Health- Nutrition Option)  
  4. Technical Officer (Health Promotion and Social Marketing Option) – Direct Entry  5. Technical Officer (Registered Dental Surgery Assistant)  

Table 12: Requirements for Programmes that do NOT require General Science as an Elective 

  ENTRY REQUIREMENTS  
  WASSCE  SSCE  
Age  16 – 35 years  
Overall Aggregate  An aggregate score of thirty-six (36) or better in six (6) subjects, comprising three (3) core and three (3) elective subjects.  An aggregate score of Twenty Four (24) or better in six (6) subjects, comprising three (3) core and three (3) elective subjects.  
Core Subjects and Minimum   Grades  Credits (A1 – C6) in three (3) Core Subjects i.e. English, Mathematics, and Integrated Science.  Credits (A- D) in three (3) Core Subjects i.e.   English, Mathematics, and Integrated Science.  
Elective Subjects and   Minimum Grades  Credits (A1 – C6) in three (3) Elective Subjects.  Credits (A – D) in three (3) Electives Subjects.  

2. Post-Basic Entry Programmes 

  1. Technical Officer (Health Information Option)  
  2. Technical Officer (Community Health – Disease Control & Surveillance Option)  
  3. Technical Officer (Community Health- Nutrition Option)  
  4. Technical Officer (Health Promotion and Social Marketing Option)
  5. Technical Officer (Dental Surgery)
  6. Community Mental Health  

Age: Not more than 50 years, subject to medical fitness

SERVICE REQUIREMENT

At least one (1) year  Rotation/Internship/National Service   Two (2) years experience in a relevant Basic area OR one (1) year work experience upon a request from a facility after internship.

QUALIFICATION REQUIRED

Certificate as a   Field Technician  Nurse Assistant Preventive   (NAP)   Nurse Assistant Clinical   (NAC)   Health Records Assistant

4.1.4 Diploma Community Mental Health – Two (2) Years

(Previously Community Mental Health – One (1) year)  

Table 13: Requirements for Diploma Community Mental Health

SERVICE REQUIREMENT

A practicing officer and must have served two (2) years minimum in deprived areas or three years minimum in non-deprived areas.

QUALIFICATION REQUIRED

Certificate as a Field Technician, Nurse Assistant Preventive (NAP), Nurse Assistant Clinical (NAC), Health Records Assistant Environmental Health.

NB: Foreign students may be considered for admission if they hold qualifications equivalent to those stated above, proved they are proficient in English, Equivalent qualifications include; A-levels, High School Certificate. Applicants will be required to pass an entrance examination before gaining admission to the programme.  

Direct Entry BSc. Physician Assistant (Medical) –  (Four) 4 years 

Table 14: Requirements for Direct Entry BSc. Physician Assistant (Medical)  

  ENTRY REQUIREMENTS (BSc. Community Medicine & Health – Direct Entry)
  WASSCE  SSCE  
Age  16 – 35 years  
Overall Aggregate  An aggregate score of Thirty Six (36) or better in six (6) subjects, comprising three (3) core and three (3) elective subjects.  An aggregate score of Twenty Four (24) or better in six (6) subjects, comprising three (3) core and three (3) elective subjects.  
Core Subjects and Minimum   Grades  Credits (A1 – C6) in three (3) Core Subjects i.e. English, Mathematics, and Integrated Science.  Credits (A- D) in three (3) Core Subjects i.e.   English, Mathematics, and Integrated Science.  
Elective Subjects and   Minimum Grades  Credits (A1 – C6) in three (3) Elective Subjects, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology only.  Credits (A – D) in three (3) Electives Subjects. Physics, Chemistry, and Biology only.  
PROGRAMME  SERVICE REQUIREMENT  QUALIFICATION REQUIRED  
BSc. Physician Assistant (Medical)   At least one (1) year rotation/Internship/National Service  Two (2) years experience in a relevant Basic area OR one (1) year work experience upon a request from a facility after internship.  Diploma as a   Registered General Nurse  Registered Mental Nurse  Registered Midwife  

NB: Graduate Nurses from the Universities can also apply for the Post Basic

Programmes (Previously Direct Medical Assistant)  

4.1.6  BSc. Physician Assistant (Medical) Post Basic – Two (2) years

Age: Not more than 50 years, subject to medical fitness  

4.1.7  Direct Entry BSc. Community Mental Health – Four (4) Years

BSc. Community Health (Nutrition option) – Four (4) Years

BSc. Health Information Management – Four (4) Years

Table 16: Requirement for Direct Entry BSc. Community Mental Health/ BSc. Community Health  (Nutrition option)/ BSc. Health Information Management  

  ENTRY REQUIREMENTS (BSc. Community Mental Health – Direct Entry)  
  WASSCE  SSCE  
Age  16 – 35 years  
Overall Aggregate  An aggregate score of Thirty Six (36) or better in six (6) subjects, comprising three (3) core and three (3) elective subjects.  An aggregate score of Twenty Four (24) or better in six (6) subjects, comprising three (3) core and three (3) elective subjects.  
Core Subjects and Minimum   Grades  Credits (A1 – C6) in three (3) Core Subjects i.e. English, Mathematics, and Integrated Science.  Credits (A- D) in three (3) Core Subjects i.e.   English, Mathematics, and Integrated Science.  
Elective Subjects and   Minimum Grades  Credits (A1 – C6) in three (3) elective subjects the following: General Arts, General Science, Home  Economics (Food and Nutrition Option), and   Agricultural Science (excluding crop and animal husbandry).  Credits (A – D) in three elective subjects the following: General Arts, General Science,   Home Economics (Food and Nutrition   Option), and Agricultural Science  (excluding crop and animal husbandry).  
Admission Requirements for Nursing Programmes in Ghana

NB: Foreign students may be considered for admission if they hold qualifications equivalent to those stated above and prove that they are proficient in English. Equivalent qualifications include; A-levels, High School Certificate, Bachelor’s Degree in Science (BSc.)  

4.1.8 BSc. Physician Assistant Dental  

Table 17: Requirements for BSc. Physician Assistant Dental  

PROGRAMME  SERVICE REQUIREMENT  QUALIFICATION REQUIRED  
         BSc. Physician Assistant Dental i. Registered Dental Surgery Assistants with two (2) years work experience will be         admitted to level 300    Certificate as a   1. Registered Dental Surgery Assistant.     

NB: In the case of foreign students, their equivalent qualifications may be considered for admission by the college. The applicant should prove they are proficient in English.   

NB: Applicants must add their research proposal to the Application Form when submitting 

College of Health Yamfo (CoHY) – Academic Year Admissions

1. Sandwich Degree Applicants  

Post Basic applicants with the relevant qualifications can apply to pursue a sandwich  

Degree programme in any of the following three (3) Bachelor of Science programmes;  

  • BSc. Community Mental Health  
  • BSc. Community Health (Nutrition option)  
  • BSc. Health Information Management  
  • Diploma/HND Holders  

Entry Requirements   

Interested applicants with any Professional Diploma in Technical Officer (Community Health-Disease Control & Surveillance Option, Community Health-Nutrition Option, Health Promotion and Social Marketing Option), Community Mental Health, Registered Community Health Nursing, Registered Mental Nursing and Registered General Nursing, HND in Biostatistics from accredited institutions with at least one (1) year Rotation/Internship/National Service, two(2) years working experience in a relevant basic area or one(1) year working experience upon a request from a facility after internship.   

Successful Applicants will enroll at Level 300.  

  • Certificate Holders   

Entry Requirements  

i. Certificate Holders with credits (C6 or better) in English, Mathematics, and Integrated Science from West Africa Examination Council (WAEC)

ii. Certificate Holders without credits (C6 or better) in English, Mathematics, and Integrated Science from West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) will have to pass an entrance examination based on an Access Curriculum, which will be accessible at www.cohy.edu.gh.  

Interested applicants with Certificate in Field Technician, Nurse Assistant, Preventive (NAP), Community Health Nursing, Nurse Assistant Clinical (NAC), Health Records Assistant and Environmental Health from accredited institutions with at least one (1) year Rotation/Internship/National Service, two(2) years working experience in a relevant basic area or one(1) year working experience upon a request from a facility after the internship, will have to pass an entrance examination to be conducted by the College of Health Yamfo.  

Successful Applicants will enroll at Level 200.  

All Certificate Applicants should visit the College website to enroll on a learning and assessment platform in preparation for the entrance examination.

These are the admission requirements for Nursing Programmes in Ghana.

This article was recently updated on Monday, August 16, 2021 by Maclean

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