BSc. Physician Assistantship

PROGRAMME OVERVIEW

Physician Assistants work on teams with physicians or surgeons and other healthcare workers. Their specific duties and the extent to which they must be supervised by physicians or surgeons differ from state to state.
Physician assistants work in all areas of medicine, including primary care and family medicine, emergency medicine, surgery, and psychiatry. The work of physician assistants 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 close incisions and provide care before, during, and after the operation. A physician assistant working in pediatrics may examine a child and give routine vaccinations.
In some areas, especially rural and medically underserved communities, physician assistants may be the primary care providers at clinics where a physician is present only 1 or 2 days per week. In these locations, physician assistants collaborate with the physician as needed and as required by law. Some physician assistants make house calls or visit nursing homes to treat patients.
Physician assistants are different from medical assistants. Medical assistants do routine clinical and clerical tasks and do not practice medicine.

Career Goals 

Some of the popular job profiles available for the Physician Assistant are given below:

Medical Assistant: The medical assistant’s job is to provide support to the doctor and record the history and personal information of patients. In addition, they also evaluate patient vital signs, provide medications to patients, arrange patient appointments, prepare blood samples for laboratory testing, etc.

Drug Safety Associate: The Drug Safety Associate’s job is to keep a check of drug use and drug quantity. A Drug Safety Associate is also responsible for evaluating the safety of drugs before they go out in the market to ensure their quality. 

Orthopaedic Physician Assistant: Orthopaedic Physician Assistants are experienced, qualified healthcare professionals who work alongside licensed orthopaedic surgeons in the surgery room. The field of orthopaedics focuses on the bones, joints, ligaments and muscles, especially injuries to those parts. They also perform tasks such as applying and removing splints, removing sutures, dressings and joint aspirations. Orthopaedic physician assistants are often required to determine the need for physical therapy for a patient and may be responsible for appointments.

Pediatric Physician Assistant: Pediatric physician assistants (PAs) work with paediatricians to diagnose and treat infants and children. A pediatric PA can help examine a patient, prescribe medication, vaccinate, diagnose an injury, etc.      

Radiology Practitioner Assistant: Radiology Practitioner Assistant is a certified health care professional who provides primary health care services in medical imaging with physician supervision. They work under a radiologist. They can also conduct a range of medical imaging tests including CAT and x-ray scans.

DETAILS OF ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

SSSCE APPLICANTS

Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSSCE): with an aggregate score of  twenty-four (24) or better in six (6) subjects comprising: A – D in all three (3) core subjects  i.e. English Language, Mathematics and Integrated Science and at least passes i.e. (A – D)  in three (3) elective subjects in  Chemistry, Biology, Physics or Elective Mathematics

WASSCE APPLICANTS

Applicants must have obtained credits (A1 – C6 in WASSCE) in the following core subjects: English, Core Mathematics, Integrated Science, Social Studies In addition, applicants must have obtained three (3) credits (A1 – C6 in WASSCE) in the following Elective Subjects: Chemistry, Biology, Physics or Elective Mathematics.

INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS AND GHANAIANS WITH
EXTERNAL EDUCATIONAL CREDENTIALS

Acceptable for Admission Include the following:
Senior Secondary School Certificates (WASSCE)
International Baccalaureate (IB)
GCE (Cambridge) – ‘O’ and ‘A’ Levels
IGCSE (Cambridge) – ‘O’ and ‘A’ levels
American High School Grade – Grade 12 &13 examinations
Other external qualifications which have equivalences to the
WASSCE and the GCE (A Levels
Entry requirements for applicants with any of these credentials shall be NAB
equivalences of the WASSCE grades in the subjects listed under WASSCE
Applicants.

Course Structure

L – Lesson Hours

P – Hours for Practicals, Tutorial, Laboratory Work, Fieldwork, etc.

C – Credit Hours

Code Level 100 Semester 1 L P C
AURC 101
English Language I
2
0
2
AURC 103
French Language I
2
0
2
AURC 111
Technology, Innovation and Society
2
0
2
AURC 109
Information Technology Foundation
2
0
2
AUPA 103
General Chemistry
3
0
3
AUPA 105
Chemistry Practical
0
2
1
AUPA 107
General Biology
3
0
3
AUPA 109
Biology Practical
0
2
1
AUMA 105
Basic Mathematics
3
0
3
TOTAL
17
4
19
Code Level 100 Semester 2 L P C
AURC 102
English Language II
2
0
2
AURC 104
French Language II
2
0
2
AUML 102
Health Law and Ethics
2
0
2
AUPA 104
General Biochemistry
3
0
3
AUPA 106
General Physics
3
0
3
AUPA 108
Human Genetics And Immunology
3
0
3
AUPA 110
Introduction to Physician Assistantship Profession
3
0
3
AUPA 112
Basic Nursing for Physician Assistantship
3
0
3
TOTAL
21
0
21
Code Level 200 Semester 1 L P C
AURC 201
Communication Skills
3
0
3
AUPA 201
Introduction to Clinical Laboratory Practice
2
0
2
AUPA 203
Medical Sociology
2
0
2
AUPA 207
Biostatistics
3
0
3
AUPA 209
General Anatomy Theory
3
0
3
AUPA 211
General Physiology Theory
3
0
3
AUPA 213
General Anatomy Practical
0
2
1
AUPA 215
General Physiology Practical
0
2
1
AUPA 217
Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology
2
0
2
AUPA 219
Introduction to Psychology
2
0
2
TOTAL
20
4
22
Code Level 200 Semester 2 L P C
AUPA 202
General Microbiology Theory
3
0
3
AUPA 204
Microbiology Practical
0
2
1
AUPA 206
General Pathology
3
0
3
AUPA 208
Anatomy for Physician Assistant Theory
2
0
2
AUPA 210
Anatomy for Physician Assistant Practical
0
2
1
AUPA 212
Physiology for Physician Assistant Theory
2
0
2
AUPA 214
Physiology for Physician Assistant Practical
0
2
1
AUPA 216
History and Physical Examination Techniques
0
1
1
AUPA 218
General Biochemistry Theory
0
2
1
AUPA 220
General Biochemistry Practical
0
2
1
AUPA 222
Radiology And Other Investigative Techniques
2
0
2
TOTAL
12
11
18
Code Level 300 Semester 1 L P C
AUMG 301
Research Methods
3
0
3
AUPA 301
Pharmacology and Therapeutics i
2
0
2
AUPA 305
Introduction to Community Health
2
0
3
AUPA 307
Clinical Medicine I - Internal Medicine I
3
0
3
AUPA 309
Clinical Medicine II - Surgery and Emergency Medicine
3
0
3
AUPA 311
Systemic Pathology
2
0
2
AUPA 313
Principles of Health Care Administration & Management
3
0
3
TOTAL
18
0
19
Code Level 300 Semester 2 L P C
AUPA 302
Pharmacology and Therapeutics II
3
0
3
AUPA 304
Clinical Medicine III - Internal Medicine II
3
0
3
AUPA 306
Clinical Medicine IV - Obstetrics/Gynaecology
2
0
3
AUPA 308
Clinical Medicine V – Paediatrics
3
0
3
AUPA 310
Clinical Medicine VI - Community Paediatrics
2
0
2
AUPA 312
Clinical Medicine VII – Psychiatry
2
0
2
AUPA 314
Clinical Medicine VIII - Family Medicine and Primary care
3
0
3
AUPA 316
Clinical Medicine IX – Surgery
3
0
3
TOTAL
21
0
22
Code Level 400 Semester 1 L P C
AUPA 401
Emergency Medicine PBL
2
0
2
AUPA 403
Emergency Medicine Clerkship
3
0
3
AUPA 405
Internal Medicine PBL
2
0
2
AUPA 407
Internal Medicine Clerkship
3
0
3
AUPA 411
General Surgery Clerkship
2
0
2
AUPA 413
Psychiatry PBL
3
0
3
AUPA 415
Psychiatry Clerkship
3
0
3
AUPA 497
Clinical Research Project I
3
0
3
AUPA 409
General Surgery PBL
2
0
2
TOTAL
23
0
23
Code Level 400 Semester 2 L P C
AUPA 404
Gynaecology
2
0
2
AUPA 406
Gynaecology Clerkship
2
0
2
AUPA 408
Obstetrics
2
0
2
AUPA 410
Obstetrics Clerkship
3
0
3
AUPA 412
Paediatrics
3
0
3
AUPA 414
Paediatrics Clerkship
2
0
2
AUPA 418
Primary Care & Family Medicine Clerkship
3
0
3
AUPA 498
Clinical Research Project II
3
0
3
AUPA 416
Primary Care & Family Medicine
3
0
3
TOTAL
23
0
23

OVERALL TOTAL

168

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