PRE-SERVICE AND POST BASIC TRAINING IN HEALTH
CERTIFICATE/DIPLOMA/ADVANCED DIPLOMA COURSES IN COMMUNITY HEALTH & MEDICINE
The Rural health Training School has been a key player in the training of middle-level health professionals in Ghana.
The courses offered reflect current practices and policies in health systems development, determinants of health, health sector reforms, evidence-based policy and practice, statistics, epidemiology, disease control & surveillance, reproductive and child health information system management, economics of health, environment and health, nutrition and health, health education and promotion, health systems research and project development, financial management, monitoring and evaluation.
The school provides a unique environment for intellectual development and continues to attract highly qualified candidates from the length and breadth of the country and sub-region.
ADVANCED DIPLOMA IN COMMUNITY MEDICINE AND HEALTH
(POST – BASIC MEDICAL ASSISTANT (PBMA) PROGRAMME)
The Advanced Diploma in Community Medicine & Health is a post-basic training programme for State Registered Nurses (SRN) and SRN Midwives who have a minimum of three years post qualification experience. An excellent command of English is essential for enrollment. The course runs for eighteen months comprising one-year full time at the school with hands on practice at selected field sites in the Brong Ahafo and Ashanti Regions respectively. This is followed by six months of houseman – ship in accredited Teaching Regional and Districts Hospitals & Public Health Units throughout the country.
The course equips graduands with a range of knowledge and practical skills to work mainly at the peripheral and district levels of the Health Care Delivery Systems.
ADVANCED DIPLOMA IN COMMUNITY ORAL HEALTH & MEDICINE
(POST-BASIC COMMUNITY ORAL HEALTH OFFFICER (COHO) PROGRAMME).
The entry requirements and course duration for this programme is the same as the other course in Community Medicine & Health for State Registered Nurses. This course started in the 2003/2004 academic year and offers students with the opportunity to specialize and manage conditions pertaining to oral health in the community and at dental facilities. More information about the course can be obtained at the academic office of the school.
DIPLOMA IN COMMUNITY MEDICINE AND HEALTH
(DIRECT MEDICAL ASSISTANT PROGRAMME)
This is a three year full time course for senior high school graduands with good grades in elective science subjects – physics, chemistry, biology and elective mathematics. The course started in the 2006/2007 Academic Year. Details of entry requirements can be obtained in the school’s prospectus.
The course has in-built hands on practical skills acquisition followed by one year internship at regional and district hospitals which prepares them to work at the peripheral and district health facilities.
DIPLOMA IN MEDICAL LABORATORY TECHNOLOGY
The programme started in the 2005/2006 Academic Year and covers three years full-time training in the school with additional period of one year hospital-based placement.
Graduates work primarily at district & regional hospitals and research institutions.
High school leavers with good grades in elective science subjects are eligible for admission.
DIPLOMA IN COMMUNITY ORAL HEALTH & MEDICINE
(DIRECT COMMUNITY ORAL HEALTH PROGRAMME)
The duration for this programme is also three years and it is for senior high school leavers.
The course which started in the 2007/2008 academic Year covers lots of supervised hands-on practical with theory. There is one year post graduation orientation at regional and district hospital settings to prepare graduates to work mainly in dental facilities.
DIPLOMA IN COMMUNITY HEALTH & HEALTH INFORMATION
The Diploma in Community Health is awarded to students who meet all the academic requirements and pass the final state examination. It is a three- year pre-service course for Senior Secondary School graduates as well as for candidates with GCE – Ordinary & Advanced level certificates. A good pass in English, Mathematics and Science is a must. Details of entry requirements can be obtained in the school’s prospectus.
Health workers who hold a Field Technician or Community Health Nursing Certificates and have good SSSCE, GCE – O&A level passes are eligible to apply.
Applicants can opt for the Certificates in Community Health. This is awarded to students who satisfy all the academic requirements and pass the final state examination. It is a three-year pre-service course for Senior Secondary School graduates as well as for candidates with GCE – Ordinary & Advanced level certificates. A good pass in English, Mathematics and Science is a must.
Details of entry requirements can be obtained in the school’s prospectus.
Health workers who hold a Field Technician or Community Health Nursing Certificate and have good SSSCE, GCE-O&A level passes are eligible to apply.
The course prepares graduands to take up positions in the health sector and work at various levels as multi-purpose health workers.
CERTIFICATE IN COMMUNITY HEALTH
Applicants can opt for the Certificate in Community health. This is awarded to students who satisfy all the academic requirements and pass the final state examinations. It is a two-year pre-service course for holders of GCE Ordinary level and SSSCE certificates. Further details can be obtained in the school’s prospectus.
Graduates of this course provide services mainly at the sub-district and community levels.
DIPLOMA IN HEALTH INFORMATION
This programme was introduced in the 1997/98 Academic year. It is a three year full time pre-service course for senior high school graduates who have obtained credit or better in all the core subjects to add to a pass grade or better in three elective subjects.
Trainees get in-depth knowledge of health & related issues and acquire skills in ICT that prepares them to competently manage the challenges in Health Information System at all levels.
KINTAMPO RURAL HEALTH TRAINING SCHOOL
The Kintampo Rural Health Training School became fully established in 1969 by the Ministry of Health, Ghana. It has the mandate to turn out quality multi-purpose health personnel for the provision of quality health care throughout the country.
So far, RHTS is the only school of its kind in the country. The Motto is “Educating For Service” with a guiding principle of producing human resource capable of providing health services that is: -
• Simple in operation
• Extensive in scope
• Economic in cost and yet
• Efficient in quality.
Since its inception, the school has lived with this principle and turned out hundreds of Medical Assistants, Technical Officers and Field Technicians who have strived to and continue to make immense contributions to the reduction of disability and suffering, morbidity and mortality particularly among marginalized population groups in Ghana.
LIBRARY, CONFERENCE HALL AND COMPUTING FACILITIES
Library, Conference Hall and Computer Laboratory facilities are available and accessible to students. These facilities provide a unique environment for organizing local and international workshops, conferences and seminars.
Teaching and learning is further enhanced with the presence of demonstration and syndicate rooms equipped with teaching materials.
Kintampo is the historical center of Ghana. It is located on the main Accra-Techiman Tamale highway, it provides easy access to major cities and towns in the country and beyond. The town serves as a transit point for local and international travellers and is always booming with commercial activities.
There are beautiful waterfalls and game reserves within easy reach from the municipality with lots of wonderful landscapes that add to the tourist attractions in the area.
The school has appreciable number of residential tutorial staff with rich experience and expertise in all aspects of health and health related disciplines. Over fifty part time lecturers who are engaged according to their areas of specialization and competencies further augment the number of full time tutors.
Additional information about KRHTS can be obtained in the school's handbills and from the Director and staff of the school.