The Ministry of Health (MOH) in Ghana runs various training programmes countrywide to prepare professionals for quality healthcare provision. In this regard, the Ministry has announced the beginning of the 2018 to 2019 admissions of Health Training Institutions (HTIs) through the sale of admission codes. In a statement signed early 2018 by Mr. Robert Cudjeo; the Chief of the Department of Public Relations at MOH, the cost of MOH admissions for health training in Ghana 2018-2019 forms was still 100 Ghana Cedis. The sale of codes started on 30 April to 18 June this year with no hidden charges such as sale of expedited mail services (EMS) envelopes and verifications of results costs.
Ministry of Health Ghana classification of the training programs
The training programmes specified by the Ministry of Health Ghana are categorized into the following groups:
1. Nursing and Midwifery Programmes
Nursing and Midwifery programmes are listed among the programmes for MOH admissions 2018 as they equip the graduates to serve in midwifery and nursing fields. They are regulated by Ghana Council of Nurses and Midwives. Additionally, Ministry of Health Training Institutions that offer Registered Mental Health Nursing, Registered General Nursing, Registered Community Nursing, Registered Midwifery, Health Assistant Clinical, and Community Health Nursing Programmes are located in each region of the country.
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Interested applicants into Nursing and Midwifery programmes are required to undertake their internship, national service or rotations, and a minimum of two years of their employment period, in the region where the institution that they attended is located. However, this excludes students who are supported by the institutions located outside the training region. The programmes under nursing and midwifery are as follows:
- Registered General Nursing
- Registered Midwifery
- Critical Care Nursing
- Registered Community Nursing
- Pre-Operative Nursing
- Ophthalmic Nursing
- Nose Ear and Throat Nursing
- Registered Mental Nursing
- Post Basic Midwifery
- Public Health Nursing
- Auxiliary programmes including Health Assistant Clinical and Community Health Nursing
2. Allied Health Programs
Allied Health Programmes are included in the MOH admission 2018/2019 and are meant to equip graduates to serve in other facilities. While the institutions that offer these programmes train the graduates in various Allied Health Fields, the graduates are answerable to the Medical and Dental Council and the Allied Health Profession Council of Ghana. The fields include Environmental Health, Public Health, Medicine, Physiotherapy, and Orthotics as well as Medical, Optical and Dental Laboratory Technology. The Health Programmes offered in the Health Training Institutions are as follows:
- Community Oral Medicine and Health
- Community Mental Health
- Health Records Management
- Field Technician
- Physiotherapy/Orthotics Technology
- Certificate in Environmental Health
- Clinical Psychiatry
- Community Health and Medicine
Classification of MOH programmes by certification and level
In terms of certification, Ministry of Health Ghana admission programmes are classified into the following groups:
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These programmes are offered to those applying with their WASSCE or SSSCE results and do not require preceding work experience from any field related to health. However, previous health facility experience may be an advantage to the applicant during the MOH admission selection and interview process. The basic programmes take two to three years after which the successful candidates earn a Diploma, Certificate or Advanced Diploma basing on the programmes that they pursued.
These MOH admissions Ghana programmes are meant to prepare non-professional health workers. Thus, this category usually works under the regulation of health professionals, and the programmes are mainly designed for those applying with their WSSCE or SSSCE results. It does not require previous skills in any health-related field. Nevertheless, previous practice in health facilities like Ward Assisting, NIDs Volunteering or Health Extension Workers may be an advantage to the applicant during the MOH admission 2018/2019 selection and interview process. Auxiliary programmes take two years, and successful candidates are awarded Professional or Academic Certificate according to the programme they pursued.
Post basic and advanced diploma programmes
These programmes build on the Basic programmes by furthering the skills and knowledge and encouraging specialization in a particular study area. Some Post Basic programmes result in specialization in certain health fields like Ophthalmic, Public Health or Anaesthesia while others offer general knowledge in patient care and management. Additionally, Medical Assistant applicants to MOH admissions online programmes will need a one-year mandatory internship, national service or rotation, and experience of two years in a relevant Basic area.
While they run for one to two years, successful completion of Post Basic and Advanced Diploma programmes lead to the award of Advanced Diploma Certificate or Diploma depending on the applicants’ pursued programme. These applicants must be nominated by the agency that employed them and are required to go back to the agency once they have successfully completed the placement.
General entry requirements for MOH admissions programmes in Ghana
Programme requirements differ based on the class of the programme and the qualification awarded upon successful completion. In the case of Basic programmes, applicants must meet the academic requirements regardless of their work experience before MOH admissions Ghana considers them for interview and admission if they qualify. Notably, the applicants can apply with SSSE only or WASSCE only and not the two combined while applicants currently serving as health personnel can apply using both.
Post Basic programme applicants require a necessary one-year internship, national service or rotation and at least three years experience in the relevant Basic area to be allowed to fill in the online admissions forms. Candidates may, however, apply with a work experience of two years when the facility requests after the internship.
Requirements for international applicants
Ministry of Health training institutions in Ghana are open to all applicants from other countries, and they receive the same training as their Ghanaian colleagues without any kind of prejudice. The following are the guidelines for foreign applicants interested in applying for Ghana MOH admissions 2018:
- International students may be accepted for MOH admissions Ghana basing on their home country qualification where the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) shall equate with respect to the agreed entry requirements in Ghana. The council establishes examination results validity, determines equivalence and interprets the examination results from the various countries of WAEC.
- While foreign students will benefit from most training services, they will not be allowed to enjoy the scholarship from the government of Ghana.
- Applicants from Non-English speaking countries must prove their proficiency in English.
Whereas MOH admission 2018/2019 have already started, the Ministry is reminding potential applicants that the application this year can be completed online for efficiency purposes. Before downloading the online admission forms, the prospective applicants are expected to buy the codes available at all the branches of GCB Banks and Agriculture Development Bank nationwide, which makes the applicants' MOH admissions easier. After buying the application codes, the candidates receive a voucher with a unique PIN, and they should have an active e-mail address and phone number. The PIN allows them to access the form on the health training portal.