Wisconsin International University College, Ghana has become the first institution in the country to offer the BSc. Community Health Nursing degree programme.
The University College has also received a license from the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Ghana to run the BSc. Midwifery programme.
The institution is accepting applications from prospective students for the January/February 2018 semester.
Wisconsin’s BSc. Community Health Nursing programme is affiliated to the University of Cape Coast, while the BSc. Midwifery programme is affiliated to the University of Development Studies.
Ms Angela Acheampong, Acting Dean of the School of Nursing at the institution said they have recruited seasoned lecturers and nursing and midwifery practitioners who will provide students with the requisite theoretical knowledge based on current research, trends and developments in healthcare.
Students will also have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a state-of-the-art skills laboratory. In addition, they would be required to undergo practicals in clinics and hospitals.
The programme would also provide students with entrepreneurial skills that would enable them to set up their own healthcare businesses in future instead of waiting for employment.
Chinese, French, ICT and Sign Language are also taught as part of the curriculum, further enhancing graduates’ marketability.
Ms Acheampong said: “The BSc. Midwifery and Community Health Nursing programmes would boost the skills base of nurses who are needed to serve in the fields of midwifery and preventive health. Graduates can use the skills acquired in both the private and public sectors to improve maternal, child and public health in Ghana.
She added: “SHS graduates and practicing junior nurses should take advantage of this golden opportunity to improve themselves and the human resource capacity of the health sector in this country and the world at large.”
Apart from offering admission to SHS leavers, the two programmes have been structured to provide practising junior nursing and midwifery pracitioners a route through which they can upgrade their qualifications.
Those with a certificate or a diploma in Midwifery and General Registered Nursing may apply to join the BSc. Midwifery programme at Level 200 or 300.
Registered Nurse Assistants Preventive (RNAP) and Certificate Community Health Nursing holders would enter the BSc. Community Health Nursing programme,at Level 200 after a six-week Access Course.
Other eligible applicants include Nurse Assistant Clinical or Health Assistant Clinical (NAC/HAC) holders, diploma holders in Community Health Nursing, professional nurses with a diploma in Nursing Education/Administration and mature students who are not professional nurses.
Source: Wisconsin International University College, Ghana