Degree Type: 

Bachelor of Science

Department: 

Department of Adult Nursing

Programme Duration: 

4 years (Standard Entry)

Modes of Study: 

Regular

About Programme: 

Objectives of the Programme

The B.Sc. Nursing programme is expected to achieve the following:

  1. Prepare a cadre of nurses employable for delivery of quality nursing service to all age group.
  2. Prepare a polyvalent nurse with a comprehensive academic education in nursing.
  3. Strengthen nursing practice at the community and at the health institutional levels.
  4. Develop nursing research capacity among nurses in Ghana.
  5. Prepare graduates for admission to General Nursing Register of the Nursing and Midwifer Council of Ghana.

Entry Requirements: 

WASSCE/SSSCE Applicants

Applicants must have passes in all core subjects including, English, Mathematics and Science.
In addition, candidates must have obtained good aggregate in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics.

Diploma Holders

Professionals with Nursing Diploma in addition to University entry requirements may be admitted into level 300 after passing an interview. Candidates must have study leave.

Other Nursing Candidates

Professionals with Nursing Certificate (SRN) with the basic University entry requirements may be admitted into level 200 after passing an interview.

Career Opportunities: 

The demand for nursing services is ever increasing in Ghana and other parts of the world. Our students are employed in public and private health facilities like hospitals, clinics, home health care services, schools, military and police health facilities in Ghana and other countries.

Other employment avenues include Nursing and other health training institutions, health research centres, public/community health delivery services and workplace health care systems.

Programme Structure

Level 100

First Semester

BIO 101: Diversity of Living Organisms
3 Credit(s)

Students are introduced to the classification of living organisms and the morphological characteristics of the following kingdoms of organisms: Prokaryotae, Protoctista, Fungi, Plantae and Animalia.  The course also examines the life histories and adaptations of some selected members of the various kingdoms e.g. Bacteria and Cyanobacteria; Protozoa with particular emphasis on the Sporozoa; Zygomycota, Ascomycota and Basidiomycota; Chlorophyta and Phaeophyta; Bryophyta; Lycophyta; Filinophyta; Gymnospermophyta, Angiospermophyta; Platyhelminthes, Nematoda; Arthropoda, Amphibia, Pisces, Reptilia, Aves; and Mammalia.

CMS 107: Communicative Skills I
3 Credit(s)

Engaging in academic work at the university is challenging. This course is aimed at equipping fresh students to make the transition from pre-university level to the university level. It assists them in engaging and succeeding in complex academic tasks in speaking, listening, reading and writing. It also provides an introduction to university studies by equipping students with skills that will help them to engage in academic discourse with confidence and fluency.

NUR 102A: Human Anatomy
3 Credit(s)

This course is designed as a study of functional Human Anatomy of the normal human body as applicable to health care. The major body systems are studied with an emphasis on the concept of homeostasis and the relationship of structure and function.

NUR 104A: Human Physiology 1
3 Credit(s)

This course is designed as a study of the general function and physiological processes of the normal human body as applicable to health care. Functions of human life processes at the cellular, tissue, and organ-system levels of organization with emphasis on homeostatic mechanisms will be considered.

Second Semester

NUR 102B : Human Anatomy II
3 Credit(s)
Pre-requisite: NUR 102A

This course is designed as a study of functional Human Anatomy of the normal human body as applicable to health care. The major body systems are studied with emphasis on the concept of homeostasis and the relationship of structure and function.

NUR 104B : Human Physiology II
3 Credit(s)
Pre-requisite: NUR104A

This course is designed as a study of the general function and physiological processes of the normal human body as applicable to health care. Functions of human life processes at the cellular, tissue, and organ-system levels of organisation with emphasis on homeostatic mechanisms will be considered.

NUR 106: Psychology of Human Growth & Development
3 Credit(s)

The course is designed to equip the students with fundamental knowledge about the processes of human growth and development. It will expose the learners to the principles of growth and development, factors that influence the nature and direction of growth and development at the prenatal and post natal levels. Relevant psychological knowledge concerning theories in human development will be discussed

ASP B: African Studies (Core)
1 Credit(s)

This comprises a variety of Courses mounted by the Center for African and International Studies.  Each student gets to do one of these courses in the first semester and another one in the second semester of the first year.

CMS 108: Communicative Skills II
3 Credit(s)

This is a follow-up course on the first semester one. It takes students through writing correct sentences, devoid of ambiguity, through the paragraph and its appropriate development to the fully-developed essay. The course also emphasizes the importance and the processes of editing written work.

Level 200

First Semester

NUR 219: Fundamentals of Professional Nursing
2 Credit(s)

This course is designed to introduce the student to professional nursing practice. The course will provide a foundation for progression through the programme with emphasis on; wellness, health promotion and health maintenance strategies that promote healthy lifestyles and meet basic human needs of individuals and families. Students will be introduced to fundamental concepts including therapeutic communication, caring, culture, and the nursing process.

NUR 221 : Fundamental Nursing Practice
2 Credit(s)

This course is taken concurrently with NUR 219 Students will spend six (6) hours per week learning the fundamental technical and health assessment skills necessary to meet the physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs of the client. They will have opportunities to apply the nursing process. Practical experience will be on-campus in the Demonstration Room or on an assigned clinical unit under the supervision of nurse technicians and clinicians. Demonstrations with return demonstration of required nursing skills will be included in the course.

NUR 223 : Basic Emergency and Disaster Care
2 Credit(s)

This course will equip the students with knowledge and skills to enable them to recognize the need for basic emergency care and provide prompt and competent care for accident victims. The professional nurse’s role and responsibilities for victims of natural disasters will be addressed. Principles of bandaging for emergency victims will be included as a part of the course.

NUR 227 : Basic Communication Skills for Nursing
3 Credit(s)

The course presents basic concepts and principles of Basic Speech Communication applicable to professional nursing practice, including interpersonal skills; basic interviewing skills; and preparation and delivery of informal presentations. The relationship of the concepts and principles of Basic Speech Communication to Therapeutic Communication, Counselling and Guidance in Professional Nursing Practice will be examined.

NUR 229 : Microbiology
3 Credit(s)

This course is an elementary Microbiology course designed to aid the student in understanding the characteristics and activities of microorganisms and their relationship to health and disease. A concurrent practical component enables students to view micro-organisms in a laboratory setting.

NUR 231 : Sociology of Health
3 Credit(s)

This course is designed to provide the student nurse with knowledge in sociological concepts and their influence on health and diseases. It is to help the student to better understand society in a disciplined way and the social forces which shape and constrain lives. It stresses on the social, economic, political and cultural impact on the health status of individuals.

Second Semester

NUR 202: Pathophysiology
3 Credit(s)

This course is designed to expose students to the pathological processes that occur in the human body. The emphasis is on physiological mechanisms in regards to disease, pharmacological actions, and providing a bridge between basic science and the clinic.

NUR 220 : Nursing Practice I
2 Credit(s)

This course is taken concurrently with NUR 222. The course is designed to allow the students to apply the nursing process in the care of clients with an acute illness or undergoing a surgical procedure. The nursing process will serve as the guiding framework to assess, diagnose, plan, treat, and evaluate individual responses to common physical, psychological, and social elements of the environment. Students will spend six (6) hours week on an assigned clinical unit under the supervision of nurse technicians and clinicians. Ward conferences will be organized to discuss the students’ clinical experiences and procedures. Demonstrations with return demonstration of selected nursing skills will be included in the course.

NUR 226 : Teaching and Learning Health Care
2 Credit(s)

This course will examine selected cognitive, behavioural and social learning theories used to enhance individual, family and community health behaviours. Principles of teaching and learning for individuals at any stage of the lifespan will be examined. Teaching strategies for individuals and groups will be discussed and opportunities to apply course content with a focus on changing individual behaviour will be provided.

NUR 228 : Introduction to Community Health
3 Credit(s)

This course is an introduction to community health nursing.  Types of communities and the characteristics of healthy communities will be discussed.  The Millennium Development Goals will provide an organizing focus to the discussion of health promotion and health maintenance strategies that promote healthy lifestyles for individuals, families and communities.

NUR 230: Nutrition and Dietetics
3 Credit(s)

NUR 232: Clinical Nursing Practice I
3 Credit(s)

The 4-week course is completed during the long vacation at the completion of the second semester of the 200 level. It begins with one week classroom orientation and demonstrations, as needed in the laboratory. The students will afterwards be rotated to the following: Recovery Ward, EENT Ward, and Adult Wards.  Students will to spend eight (8) hours daily on the ward under the supervision of nurse technicians and clinicians. Technical skill demonstrations will be done by clinicians as necessary with return demonstrations by students.

Level 300

First Semester

NUR 319: Crisis Intervention II
3 Credit(s)

This course emphasizes the application of the nursing process to address acute illness and surgical care of clients with alterations in the respiratory, haematological and cardiovascular systems. The focus will be on health promotion and health maintenance strategies to meet the physical, developmental, and psychosocial needs of clients and families.

NUR 321: Nursing Practice II
3 Credit(s)

This course is taken concurrently with NUR 319. The course is designed to allow the students to apply the nursing process in the care of clients with an acute illness or undergoing a surgical procedure involving the respiratory, haematological or cardiovascular system.  Students will spend six (6) hours per week on an assigned clinical unit under the supervision of nurse technicians and clinicians. In addition, students will develop skills in setting trays and trolleys and preparing clients for a variety of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Ward conferences will be organized to discuss the students’ clinical experiences and procedures. Demonstrations with return demonstration of selected nursing skills will be included in the course.

NUR 323: Family Health Nursing
3 Credit(s)

This course focuses on the family as a basic unit for health care. It is aim to help the student understand the dynamics of family health and the socio-cultural and environmental factors, which affect family structure and functioning and their implication on family health. Emphasis will placed on organisation of health services generally to meet the health needs of the family. A Client-Family Care Study will be an integral part of the course.

NUR 325: Introduction To Public Health
3 Credit(s)

The primary focus of this course is on preventative health care of populations and application of the principles of public health science. The course is aimed at assisting students gain much insight into personal health management. Components of environmental health and their relationship with occupational health will be examined. Field trips to relevant sites will be in cooperated in the course to enable students’ related theory to real life situations.

NUR 327 : Basic Pharmacology
3 Credit(s)

This course is designed as an introductory study of pharmacological agents used to promote, maintain and restore health. Emphasis is on increasing therapeutic effects and decreasing adverse effects. Content will be presented on select drug classifications, prototypes and individual drugs. The role and function of the professional nurse as related to pharmacological agents will be reviewed.

NUR 330: Clinical Nursing Practice II 
3 Credit(s)

Second Semester

NUR 307: CRISIS INTERVENTION III
2 Credit(s)

This course emphasizes the application of the nursing process to address acute illness and surgical care of clients with alterations in the gastrointestinal, urinary, male and female reproductive systems. The focus will be on health promotion and health maintenance strategies to meet the physical, developmental, and psychosocial needs of clients and families.

NUR 311: BIOSTATISTICS
3 Credit(s)

This course introduces statistics as a method of collecting, collating, summarizing and analyzing data on health phenomena. It deals with elements of descriptive statistics, probability estimation and statistical inference. The primary goal of the course is to develop an understanding and appreciation for the concepts and methods of modern statistics in students in the health sciences.

NUR 315: BASIC COMPUTING FOR BIOLOGISTS
3 Credit(s)

This course will expose students to the application of computers and software in biological sciences. The course will introduce students to computer hardware and software. Students will be exposed to input and output devices, Windows operating system and others. They will learn how to manage files in Windows and MS office package (Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc). Students will be exposed to word processing, presentations in PowerPoint and use of Excel for basic analyses and graphical presentations. Students will also be introduced to the use of the Internet and search engines for information retrieval on the web. Statistical packages (SPSS, MINITAB, GENSTAT etc) for data analyses will be introduced to students. Graphic packages, such as SIGMA STAT/PLOT, will also be introduced. Uses of PCs in health and medicine, modelling DNA sequencing and analysis; use of laboratory equipment interfaced with computers for data collection.

NUR 322: NURSING PRACTICE III
2 Credit(s)

This course is taken concurrently with NUR 307. The course is designed to allow the students to apply the nursing process in the care of clients with an acute illness or undergoing a surgical procedure involving the gastrointestinal, urinary or male and female reproductive systems.  Students will spend six (6) hours per week on an assigned clinical unit under the supervision of nurse technicians and clinicians. Demonstrations with return demonstration of selected nursing skills will be included in the course. Ward conferences will be organized to discuss the students’ clinical experiences and procedures.

NUR 324: PAEDIATRIC NURSING
2 Credit(s)

This course builds on prior coursework and emphasizes the application of the nursing process to address acute illness and surgical care of paediatric clients.  The focus will be on health promotion and health maintenance strategies to meet the physical, developmental, and psychosocial needs of children and adolescents. 

NUR 326: PAEDIATRIC NURSING PRACTICE
2 Credit(s)

This course is taken concurrently with NUR 324. This course emphasizes the application of the nursing process to provide nursing care for paediatric clients with an acute illness and surgery. The focus will be on health promotion and health maintenance strategies to meet the physical, developmental, and psychosocial needs of children and adolescents.  Demonstrations with return demonstration of selected nursing skills will be included in the course. Ward conferences will be organized to discuss the students’ clinical experiences and procedures.

NUR 331: Clinical Nursing Practice III
3 Credit(s)

This course is taken during the long vacation and is designed to help student nurses plan, organise, implement and evaluate advance nursing care using the nursing process.

It is to enable students demonstrate technical skills in the management of patients with specific medical-surgical conditions and prepare patients for diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.

NUR 399: NURSING RESEARCH METHODOLOGY
3 Credit(s)

The student is introduced to the use of the scientific process in the identification, study and solution of nursing problems. Issues related to a study’s conceptualization, including the formulation of research questions and hypotheses and the development of theoretical contexts will be presented. The design of qualitative and quantitative nursing research studies will be explored. Sampling techniques, data analysis and communicating research will be discussed.

Level 400

First Semester

NUR 411: PATIENT/FAMILY CARE STUDY
2 Credit(s)

This course gives the student the opportunity to offer continuous and comprehensive nursing care to a patient and the family and to compile the care into a written document.

NUR 418: COMMUNITY/PUBLIC HEALTH PRACTICE
2 Credit(s)

This course is taken concurrently with NUR 416. This practical experience will allow the student to apply the advanced concepts of community/public health nursing. Students will complete an in-depth community assessment and design an appropriate health care management plan addressing identified needs.

NUR 419: CRISIS INTERVENTION IV
3 Credit(s)

This course builds on prior coursework and emphasizes the application of the nursing process to address acute illness and surgical care of clients with alterations in the endocrine, neurological and musculoskeletal systems. The focus will be on health promotion and health maintenance strategies to meet the physical, developmental, and psychosocial needs of clients and families. The course will provide a focus on the roles and responsibilities of the professional nurse in theatre nursing

NUR 420: HEALTH CARE POLICY
2 Credit(s)

The purpose of this course is to examine the professional nurse’s role and responsibilities in shaping health care policy at the regional, national and international levels.  Content will focus on developing skills in strategic planning, political processes and organisational development as applied to health care policy.

NUR 421: NURSING PRACTICE IV
3 Credit(s)

This course is taken concurrently with NUR 419. The course is designed to allow the students to apply the nursing process in the care of clients with an acute illness or undergoing a surgical procedure involving the endocrine, neurological or musculoskeletal systems. Students will complete a one-month rotation in the theatre. Students will spend six (6) hours per week on an assigned clinical unit under the supervision of nurse technicians and clinicians. Demonstrations with return demonstration of selected nursing skills will be included in the course. Ward conferences will be organized to discuss the students’ clinical experiences and procedures. A comprehensive Client-Family Care Study will be an integral part of the course.

NUR 423: OBSTETRIC NURSING
3 Credit(s)

The emphasis of this course is management of the childbearing family during pregnancy, labour and the puerperium. Emphasis is on the nurse’s role and responsibilities in the detection of deviations from the normal states of pregnancy and complications of pregnancy, labour and the puerperium. Nursing care of the new-born experiencing uncomplicated and complicated delivery will be presented.

NUR 427: MENTAL HEALTH NURSING
3 Credit(s)

This course is designed to equip the student with knowledge of the theoretical basis for psychiatric mental health nursing. The course emphasizes the application of the nursing process in the provision of acute and rehabilitative care for the client and family with mental health problems. Interpersonal and group communication, and legal and ethical issues are presented Interdisciplinary health care team and its function in the psychiatric setting explored.

Second Semester

NUR 412: NURSING SERVICE ADMINISTRATION
3 Credit(s)

This course is designed to introduce students to the management principles, strategies and theories used in professional nursing practice. The focus is on understanding health care delivery systems at the local and national levels and the development of the skills needed within the context of health services delivery in institutional or community settings.

NUR 416: ADVANCED COMMUNITY/PUBLIC HEALTH
3 Credit(s)

This course focuses on the further development of knowledge and skills needed to promote the health of local, national and international communities. A focus will be on the control and management of communicable diseases and the relationship between the environment and the health of communities. The course introduces students to basic epidemiological principles methods and tools. Emphasis will also be placed on the application of epidemiological approaches to the prevention and control of communicable diseases. The management of some communicable diseases of public health concerns will also be highlighted.

NUR 425: OBSTETRIC NURSING PRACTICE
2 Credit(s)

This course is taken concurrently with NUR 423.  In addition to the general obstetric rotation, students will spend four (4) weeks on the obstetric unit, one (1) week on medical-surgical wards, and one (1) week in a community health nursing experience.  The students are expected to spend six (6) hours daily on the ward under the supervision of preceptors and clinicians. Ward conferences will be organised to discuss the students’ clinical experiences and procedures.  Laboratory demonstrations will be done by clinicians with return demonstration by students.

NUR 429: MENTAL HEALTH NURSING PRACTICE
2 Credit(s)

This course is taken concurrently with NUR 427. This practical experience takes place in the psychiatric hospital. The student nurse will obtain general psychiatric nurse practice skills and techniques in the management of clients at any stage of the lifespan with various psychiatric disorders in a variety of health care settings. The students are expected to spend six (6) hours daily on the ward under the supervision of preceptors and clinicians.  Ward conferences will be organised to discuss the students’ clinical experiences and procedures.

NUR 431: RESEARCH PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT
3 Credit(s)

Through seminar discussion and individual advisement, the student will identify a clinical nursing problem amenable to research. A research proposal will be developed and must be approved by Department lecturers.  In addition, they will write an introduction on the research topic which they will present. Marks will be awarded for both the proposal and the introduction.

NUR 499: Research Project
3 Credit(s)

Under the guidance of an appointed supervisor, the approved research project will be completed providing the opportunity for the student to demonstrate application of critical thinking and problem solving skills in a real world situation.