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BSc. Nursing

Why choose Nursing?


Nurses ask questions such as: How do people respond to illness? In what ways are lives impacted by sickness? How are patients cared for when they are unwell?

Leading the way on health-care teams, registered nurses are in high demand for their clinical skills and theoretical knowledge. Over the course of your studies, you'll be involved in active learning within the classroom, with small clinical groups in a variety of off-campus nursing practice settings, and in simulated clinical laboratories.

Check out this video to hear what students, alumni, and instructors are saying about nursing at Knutsford.

Career opportunities

Registered nurses have global career opportunities in community agencies, hospital settings, childcare environments, the research sector, and more. A degree in nursing can also be used as a stepping-stone to another professional degree or further studies at the graduate level.

Programme highlights

Collaborative teamwork - Interact with your peers while learning to collaborate on projects.

Practicum experience - Opportunity to gain hands-on career-related experiences in a professional setting.


Courses in this programme

Anatomy & Physiology I & II, Philosophy and Practice in Palliative Care, Transitions in Child and Youth Health, Addictions and Mental Health Care, Exploring Cancer and the Role of the Nurse

Information for first-year students

First year Degree Student Handbook

Detailed course information

Course details can be found in the Student Handbook

Information! “ I gained experience as a student leader, helping to build my confidence in conflict resolution, seeing the bigger picture and finding innovative solutions, important aspects of my nursing practice. I was taught to continue learning independently. Definitely one of the most important lessons I learned at Knutsford School of Science and Technology was to be excited to continue learning for the rest of my career. ” – Afua Bartel Mensa, Student 2018 Batch.
Programme Duration

Minimum of four (4) years and maximum of six (6) years

Credits Required for Award of Degree

The credits required for the award of the first degree are as follows:

  • Entry into Level 100: A maximum of 132 credits and a minimum of 120 credits.
  • Entry into Level 200: A maximum of 102 credits with a minimum of 96 credits.

Entry into Level 300: A maximum of 72 credits with a minimum of 60 credits.

Components of the Programme
Core Courses (Department's Requirement)-99 credits
Electives Courses-9 credits
Mandatory Courses (Univ. Requirement)-18 credits
Research Project-6 credits

Total

-132 Credits

 

(Nursing Option)

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING

This is a 4-years undergraduate programme in Nursing. In the first two years of study, students are required to take courses such as Critical Thinking Skills, Introduction to English Literature, Human Anatomy I, Human Physiology I, Fundamentals of Nursing, Psychology for Nurses, Professional Adjustment in Nursing, Adolescent Health, Nursing & Midwifery Informatics. In the third and final years, however, students take courses such as Anatomy & Physiology I & II, Philosophy and Practice in Palliative Care, Transitions in Child and Youth Health, Addictions and Mental Health Care, Exploring Cancer and the Role of the Nurse.

Aims of the Programme

  • Knutsford BSc. Nursing Programme is designed to offer specialised and professional training in Nursing to students in response to the growing demand for improved health care.
  • The four-year undergraduate BSc. Nursing Programme is tailored to prepare graduates to enter the field of nursing through a fusion of theoretical classroom study and ample hands-on clinical experience.
  • The Programme aims at preparing competent and knowledgeable nurses to provide promotive, preventive, curative, and rehabilitative services.
  • Ultimately, graduates of the programme would have developed sound academic and professional competencies for careers in Nursing and related fields.

 The objectives of the BSc. Programme in Nursing are to:

  • Enable students to provide promotive, preventive, and restorative health services in line with the National Health Policies and Programmes.
  • Develop students’ knowledge and skills in providing nursing care based on steps of the nursing process in collaboration with individuals and groups.
  • Prepare students to make independent decisions in nursing situations and to protect and facilitate the rights of individuals and groups in pursuit of good health care.
  • Prepare students to assume responsibilities as professionals, competent nurses to provide promotive, preventive, curative, and rehabilitative services.
  • Train students to assume the role of teacher, supervisor, and manager in a clinical/public health setting
  • Equip students with critical thinking skills in making decisions in all situations in order to provide quality care.
  • Train students to communicate effectively with individuals and groups, and members of the health team in order to promote effective interpersonal relationships and teamwork.
  • Educate students on practicing within the framework of code of ethics and professional conduct, and acceptable standards of practice within the legal boundaries.
  • Train students to be able to demonstrate responsibility and accountability for professional actions by documenting and maintaining accurate and relevant intervention.
  • Enable students to demonstrate and to apply entrepreneurial skills in nursing
  • Prepare students to incorporate the use of nursing informatics in the care of patients and the analysis of data generated to improve care outcomes.
  • Equip students to demonstrate an understanding of national policies and their relevance to nursing
  • Prepare students to coordinate the health care activities provided for the patient by other categories of health care providers.
  • Prepare students to be able to use the knowledge acquired in the principles of homeostasis to meet patients’ needs by monitoring vital signs of the patient and their reaction to disease conditions, trauma, stress, anxiety, and medication.

Programme Description and List of Courses

Mandatory or University Required Courses (KREQ) Level 100

KREQ110 Critical & Theological Thinking Skills 3 Credits

The objective of the course is to equip students with skills that will enable them to think critically before making choices and decisions in today’s complex world. This multi-disciplinary course aims at providing the critical thinking skills. The course introduces students to the principles, concepts and tools of good reasoning and decision-making. Judgments are evaluated and processes examined in context. The course is structured in two modules. Module I focuses on philosophical, psychological and sociological thoughts and tools available for critical thinking and cognitive development. Emphasis is laid on arguments; its nature, uses, and impacts. Details include: Critical Thinking Concepts and Propositions; Language and its uses: Truth and Validity; Definitions; Recognising Arguments: Premises and Conclusions; Logical Analysis and Evaluation of Arguments; Fallacies and Methods of their Debunking; Categorical Prepositions and Categorical Syllogism; and Inductive and Deductive Reasoning. Module II introduces students to basic theological themes that relate to issues discussed in Module I.

KREQ120 Academic Writing I 3 Credits

This course develops students’ ability to listen attentively and to communicate effectively with clarity and precision to context. The skills developed are not only critical to their academic success but also their professional career and life-long success. The course begins with an introduction to basic issues in grammar and composition including grammatical structures such as the parts of speech and punctuations, their combinations, usage and functions in written and verbal situations; and also the forms of writing such as: Narrative, Discursive, Argumentative, Expository and Descriptive. Reading and writing skills relevant to academic and professional work are then introduced. These will include the structure, unity, completeness and coherence in essay writing; summarizing as a skill basic to exposition, writing from sources, referencing skills and avoiding plagiarism. Emphasis will be placed on class activities and group work, oral presentations and extensive practical assignments.

KREQ130 Numeracy Skills 3 Credits

This course is designed for students in the humanities. It aims at developing students’ ability to apply mathematical thinking in order to solve a range of problems in everyday situations. Building on a sound mastery of numeracy, the emphasis is on selected topics from basic Arithmetic, Algebra, Rates (fractions, proportions and percentages); Approximating Numbers (rounding up of numbers and significant numbers); Mathematical Reasoning, (inductive and deductive reasoning); Statements; Truth Tables; Necessary and Sufficient Conditions; Basic Set Theory; Nature and Uses of Statistics; Sources of Data; Data Types and Measurement Scales; Methods of Data Manipulation (aggregation & interpretation); Basic Probability with Illustrations from various disciplines; Establishing Relationships between Variables and the use of Basic Computer Packages such as Excel in analysing data.

KREQ150 Understanding Human Societies 3 Credits

The course is designed for students pursuing science-related Programmes at the undergraduate level. The aim of the course is to introduce students to the broad array of issues that shape human societies. It assists students to gain knowledge on the evolution of human society. It is also designed to help students to understand some macroeconomic issues with particular reference to the Ghanaian economy.

KREQ160 Science and Technology in Our Lives 3 Credits

This course deals with the application of science to everyday life. The course will, therefore include material to assist students to appreciate the foundations of scientific thought, the application of science and technology and the demands of changing societies for scientific and technological advancement. The course is expected to foster broad familiarity with key advances in science and technology. The course will be delivered through lectures, tutorials, class exercises, homework assignments, and examinations.
The course is divided into two modules. All students are required to take both modules.

Module I
This module gives a general overview of the application of science and technology to everyday living, and will last for five (5) weeks.

Module II
This Module will last for eight (8) weeks and comprises the following four areas:

I.Earth Resources
II.Food and Nutrition in everyday Life
III.Everyday Physics and Animals as Friends of Humans

Students are required to select one of the three areas above

Mandatory or University Required Courses (KREQ) Level 200

KREQ210 Academic Writing II 3 Credits

This course builds on Academic Writing I - KURC 103. It is designed to further develop students’ language and communication skills. The course is divided into two modules. All students are required to take both modules. Module I presents more advanced reading, writing, and analysis of task carried out in KURC 103, and it lasts for six weeks (Week 1-6). Module II provides students with the opportunity to build writing competency in any one of the three concentrations on offer. The three areas are: Academic Writing for: Business, Humanities, and Science and Technology. The module lasts for seven weeks (week 7-13).

i) Academic Writing for Business
This concentration presents more advanced reading, written, and analysis in the context of the study of business and economics. Emphasis is laid on critical analysis, accurate summary and paraphrase, and appropriate methods of citation, and students will be asked to consider a variety of business-related texts from a critical standpoint. In this class, students will read and analyze case studies leading to individual business-related research while working on oral presentation skills.

ii)Academic Writing for the Social Sciences
This concentration presents more advanced reading and writing tasks, including those related in particular to conducting research and writing in the social Sciences. Emphasis will be on: Developing close reading skills appropriate for long and complex academic articles; Learning how to find, classify, and evaluate a variety of sources; Paraphrasing, summarizing and synthesizing information from multiple sources; Demonstrating sound argumentation skills; Drawing logical inferences and conclusions from textual evidence; Avoiding plagiarism by successfully referring to and building upon the ideas of others; Integrating basic data analysis into an argumentative paper;  Learning how to compose critical ‘texts’ for a variety of purposes and audiences as they relate to peoples’ literacy practices in new digital communication environments (multimodality).

iii)Academic Writing for Science and Technology
This concentration uses texts from science, medicine and engineering to allow students to practice organizing and synthesizing ideas, reporting on technical methods and results and explaining technical and scientific ideas to scientific and non-technical audiences. In addition to the textbook and texts provided by the instructor, students will bring in texts from their field of study and/or interest to use as models and sources. They will study these texts and produce a variety of texts of their own in order to practice the style and methods appropriate for technical discourse in science, medicine, and engineering.

KREQ220 Africa and World Development 3 Credits

This interdisciplinary course is designed to provide students with basic knowledge and understanding of Africa and world development. Part I examines the ideas, history, events, policy debates and practical interventions that are shaping the economic, social and political direction of world development today.
This part will last for four weeks.
Part II examines the histories, people and cultures of Africa and its development in the context of global development and discusses what measures are needed as a way forward for Africa’s development. The general introduction will take two weeks after which students will be required to take one of these modules:

Gender Issues in Africa’s Development
Introduction to Leadership in Africa
Introduction to African Theatre Arts
i)Gender Issues in Africa’s Development
This module will introduce students to key concepts and issues in gender and development with specific reference to Africa. The main objective of this module is to help students appreciate the gendered nature of African societies, how this impacts development and state as well as state and civil society responses to gender inequalities. The course will cover topics such as why we deal with gender issues in African studies and key gender concepts and make a case for transforming relations on the basis of three justifications – citizenship rights and the constitution, development imperatives and the promotion of gender-equitable cultures. It argues that development is not a neutral process, but impacts men and women differently. Key topics will include men and women’s access to resources in Africa such as land, labour, credit, time and social capital, production and reproduction. The module will also examine the gendered implications of natural resource management and sustainable development as well as decision making. It will further examine state and civil society responses to gender issues in Africa. The main objective of this foundation course is to sensitize students to gender issues and enable students recognize and understand the relevance of gender as a development issue and how gender inequalities negatively affect development.

ii)Introduction to Leadership in Africa
Good leaders are expected to solve new problems that arise in their domain and the changing landscape of business. Leadership is a complex process by which the leader influences others to perform and achieve. Leadership attributes – beliefs, values, ethics, character, knowledge and skills – are all traits which can be learned. This course provides the basis for understanding what leadership is and what leaders do to be successful. The course particularly seeks to make students understand traditional and contemporary concepts and practices of leadership in Africa.

iii)Introduction to African Theatre Arts
The course provides a balanced theatre arts programme that guides students to achieve the standards in the performing arts. Theatre courses will emphasize artistic perception and creative expression.  They will promote understanding of aesthetic valuing, historical and cultural awareness, and the interconnections of the arts and other disciplines. Students will be trained in the fundamental skills of the theatre arts, including improvisation techniques, body control, voice, diction, pantomime, learning of lines, creation of character, projection of ideas and emotions, dance and preparation and acting of scenes from plays.  Acting projects will provide positive groups experiences in collaborative assignments, developing self-discipline, evaluating the performances of others, and accepting constructive criticism.  Instruction develops language skills and appreciation through reading dramatic literature; using written critiques; writing dramatic scenes, character analyses, play reports, and introductions; observing with sensitivity; listening critically; and speaking effectively.

Mandatory or University Required Courses (KREQ) Level 400

KREQ400: Research Project/Project Work 6 Credits

The Project work provides the students with the opportunity to select and study a research problem and present their findings logically and systematically in a clear and concise manner. The selected topic must deal with a problem involving the use of analytic or predictive models leading to sound generalizations and deductions. The course, therefore, equips students with skills and knowledge of (a) a good understanding of relevant methodology and literature, (b) the significance and relevance of the problem, (c) a logical and sound analysis and (d) a clear and effective presentation.

Nursing Course (KBSN) Level 100

KBSN101 Human Anatomy I 2 Credits

This course is to introduce the student to the general structure of the human body. The body structure will be studied by organ systems and will involve a balance between gross anatomical study and histology. Form-function relationships will be emphasized. It will describe the structures of the skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular, digestive and urinary systems.

KBSN102 Human Anatomy II 2 Credits

This course is a continuation of KBSN 101. The course will help students recognise the normal structure of the human body and apply this knowledge in nursing. Description of the integumentary, respiratory system, endocrine system, nervous system and the reproductive system as well as eye, ear, nose, throat and genetics will be provided.

KBSN103 Human Physiology I 2 Credits

This course is to introduce the student to the general function of the human body. It will describe the functions of the skeletal system, muscular system, cardiovascular system, digestive system and urinary system. This course will seek to broaden the students understanding of the various systems in the body.

KBSN104 Human Physiology II 2 Credits

This course is a continuation of KBSN103. The course will help students recognise the normal function of the human body and apply this knowledge in nursing. Description of the functions of the integumentary, respiratory, endocrine, nervous, reproductive systems, eye, ear, nose, throat and genetics are provided.

KBSN105 Fundamentals of Nursing 2 Credits

The course introduces students to the nursing process alongside the principles of physical, biological and social sciences. Basic concepts of nursing and nursing skills are introduced and practiced in the Nursing Skills Laboratory to give students hands-on experience to the principles and concepts studied. 

KBSN106 Introduction to Community Health Nursing 2 Credits

This course introduces students to the history, processes and methods of community health nursing. Students will discuss the concepts of health, personal and environmental health. They will also develop competencies in promoting health in the community and manage home accidents. Students will be expected to select a community or group and examine their environmental health practices.

KBSN107 Psychology for Nurses 2 Credits

This course introduces students to some concepts in psychology, which are required in understanding human behaviour and providing nursing care to individuals and families. It will examine theories underlying human behaviour, the physical, cognitive and psychosocial factors influencing human responses to illness and health will be explored.

KBSN108 First Aid, Trauma and Emergency Nursing 2 Credits

This course introduces students to the theoretical aspects of basic life support skills, including Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) to help students develop sufficient knowledge to be able to respond effectively and confidently in an emergency situation. This course is designed to give students the chance to gain an in-depth understanding of the nature of emergency nursing and the role of a nurse in meeting different needs of patients. It provides the students with knowledge that will help them to provide efficient nursing care during emergency and disaster situations either in pre-hospital settings or in a hospital settings and also in disasters.

KBSN109 Professional Adjustment in Nursing 2 Credits

This course is designed to equip the student nurse with the history, development and legal aspect of the profession. It also helps the nurse to acquaint himself or herself with professional conduct, the statutory bodies of nursing and appreciate the spiritual, physical, psychological and socio-economic needs of the patients. The course also provides information on basic principles underlying health and disease in nursing and enables the student to develop the requisite skills and positive attitude to meet the physical, psychological and spiritual needs of the patient.

KBSN111 Adolescent Health 2 Credits

This course introduces students to the biological and psychological developmental processes of adolescent. Students will also discuss the major health issues affecting the adolescent and are expected to study and explore a variety of aspects of adolescence health, and development. This knowledge will help the student to develop skills to analyze the public health issues of adolescence through developing conceptual frameworks and evidence-based interventions and to recommend effective solutions and interventions.

KBSN112 Introduction to Mental Health Nursing 2 Credits

This course is designed to introduce the student nurse to the basic concepts in mental health care. It consists of various concepts used in psychiatric/mental health nursing which will assist the student to understand the behaviours of clients. This is an introduction to the practical body of knowledge that constitutes the art and science of mental health nursing.

KBSN113 Nursing and Midwifery Informatics 2 Credits

This course provides students with the basic skills in understanding Health/Medical Informatics and its application in nursing and midwifery practice in Ghana. The course introduces the definition of data, information and knowledge and well as what defines a system and a model. It places emphasis on electronic patient record management, taxonomies, privacy confidentiality, security and the ethical issues relating to patient information.

KBSN114 Introduction to French 1 Credit

This course is designed to enhance the ability of students to communicate effectively in the French language.

KBSN116 Nursing Practical I 3 Credits

This course will expose the students to clinical and field experiences in emergency and trauma care, primary health care and mental health. The purpose of practical placement in this course is to enable students to gain skills in basic nursing within the different clinical areas. It will be offered partly during the semester for two weeks and continued during the long vacation for a period of six weeks. They will be placed in the medical/surgical units and the polyclinics during the semester. During the long vacation, students will be placed in medical/surgical units of affiliated hospitals for two weeks and they will also work in polyclinics for two weeks and psychiatric hospitals for two weeks.

Nursing Course (KBSN) Level 200

KREQ210 Academic Writing Skills II 3 Credits

This course seeks to consolidate a student’s understanding of Academic Writing Skills. It is a follow up to Academic Writing Skills I. It will equip students with the language skills that will enable them to read and write effectively. Students will be taken through fundamental issues in grammar and composition in order to strengthen their language skills in these areas. Reading and writing skills relevant to university work will be introduced. These will include the structure of the essay, unity, completeness and coherence in essay writing. Emphasis will be placed on class activities and group work, oral presentations and extensive practical assignments.

KBSN201 Medical Nursing I 2 Credits

This course introduces students to the study of disease and disorders of man, including symptoms of illness and methods of diagnosis, prevention, and treatment. The course introduces students to medical conditions of the integumentary, gastrointestinal and endocrine systems. The content is taught through lectures, films, demonstrations, and supervised clinical experience. Emphasis is placed on meeting the needs of individual patients, as determined by the nursing process. The conditions will be discussed with reference to the definition, types, incidence, aetiology, pathophysiology, clinical manifestation, diagnostic investigations, differential diagnosis, management, complications and prevention.

KBSN202 Medical Microbiology and Parasitology 2 Credits

This course introduces students to the relationships between microbes and human life. It focuses on both harmful as well as beneficial effects of microorganisms. It will explore the etiology of infectious diseases, their clinical manifestation, and routes of transmission, treatment and recent techniques in the detection and identification of pathogenic microorganisms. Students will be exposed to investigations of microbial diseases of the skin, digestive tract, respiratory, urinary, reproductive, nervous and cardiovascular systems.

KBSN203 Biochemistry 2 Credits

This course introduces students to the molecular basis of life. It focuses on basic concepts in biochemistry such as the four major classes of biological molecules: proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleic acids. The emphasis will be on the chemical properties and three-dimensional structure of these molecules in relationship to their biological function.

KBSN204 Medical Nursing II 2 Credits

This course is designed to enable students to develop competencies in managing patients with medical conditions of the respiratory, cardiovascular and genitourinary systems. The content is taught through lectures, films, demonstrations, and supervised clinical experience. Emphasis is placed on meeting the needs of individual patients, as determined by the nursing process. The conditions will be discussed with reference to the definition, types, incidence, aetiology, pathophysiology, clinical manifestation, diagnostic investigations, differential diagnosis, management, complications and prevention.

KBSN205 Surgical Nursing I 2 Credits

This course is designed to help students build competencies in managing surgical conditions of the integumentary, gastrointestinal and endocrine systems as well as inflammatory conditions and also in theatre nursing. The content is taught through lectures, films, demonstrations, and supervised clinical experience. The conditions will be discussed with reference to the definition, types, incidence, aetiology, pathophysiology, clinical manifestation, diagnostic investigations, differential diagnosis, pre-operative, intraoperative and postoperative management, complications and prevention.

KBSN206 Surgical Nursing II 2 Credits

This course is designed to enable students to develop competencies in managing patients with surgical conditions of the respiratory, cardiovascular and genitourinary systems. The conditions will be discussed with reference to the definition, types, incidence, aetiology, pathophysiology, clinical manifestation, diagnostic investigations, differential diagnosis, pre, intra and post-operative management, complications and prevention.

KBSN207 Pharmacology I 2 Credits

This course aims to ensure that students have a sound understanding of basic pharmacology principles and practices. Pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics principles will be taught using clinical examples. Reasons for individual variation, drug monitoring, and types of adverse drug reactions will be discussed using interactive and problem-based scenarios. Students will also learn and reflect on medication compliance, why medication errors occur, and will discuss safe prescribing guidelines. Students will have increased knowledge and understanding of drug regulation in Ghana and internationally. Students will gain a good understanding of the mechanisms of action and effects of recreational misused drugs.

KBSN208 Occupational Health 2 Credits

This course is aimed at assisting students to develop competencies in providing school, occupational and outreach services. It will provide students with the knowledge-based on occupational health and it will focus on occupational hazards in Ghana. The problems of the school child, care of the physically /psychologically impaired will also be discussed. Students will be assigned in groups to undertake a school health service within the community.

KBSN209 Theoretical Foundation of Nursing 2 Credits

This course is designed to provide a professional basis for nursing practice. The objectives of nursing theories are discussed in terms of their significance to the practice of professional nursing. An overview of current theories of nursing is also presented. The aim is to enable learners’ nurses to examine current conceptual models in nursing and the relationship of empirical data and existing theories to the nursing practice.

KBSN211 Prevention and Control of Communicable Diseases 2 Credits

This course provides the student with the knowledge base and skills in the prevention and care of individuals/families with communicable diseases. It will focus on the surveillance, identification, control, and prevention of selected infectious diseases of public health importance. Specific areas that may be addressed include the causative agent, the routes of transmission, the host responses, environmental factors, unique risk factors, outbreak investigations, surveillance, strategies for control and prevention, methods for evaluating interventions and control efforts, culture, politics, and economics.

KBSN212 Pharmacology II 2 Credits

This course is a continuation of KBSN 207 and it aims to ensure that students have a sound understanding of basic pharmacology principles and practices. Pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics principles will be taught using clinical examples. Reasons for individual variation, drug monitoring, and types of adverse drug reactions will be discussed using interactive and problem-based scenarios. Students will also learn and reflect on medication compliance, why medication errors occur, and will discuss safe prescribing guidelines. Students will have increased knowledge and understanding of drug regulation in Ghana and internationally. Students will gain a good understanding of the mechanisms of action and effects of recreational misused drugs.

KBSN213 Nursing Practical II 3 Credits

This practical course is aimed at giving the students the opportunity to gain competencies in the medical/surgical and pediatric nursing. Students will also gain skills in the management of pregnant women during the antenatal, labour and puerperium. It will be offered partly during the semester for three weeks and it will continue during the inter-semester break for another three weeks.

KBSN214 Therapeutic Communication 2 Credits

This course will furnish the student nurse with the appropriate verbal and non-verbal behaviours necessary in professional interpersonal interactions with parents, families, health team members and the community.

KBSN215 Pathology 3 Credits

This course introduces students to the study of biochemical, structural and functional changes in cells, tissues and organs, which cause or are caused by diseases. The goal of the course will be to expand and extend the student’s knowledge of normal structure and function, into the realm of disease processes. The course also provides a foundation for understanding the medical science literature.

KBSN216 Nursing Practical III 3 Credits

This practical course is aimed at giving the students the opportunity to apply the nursing process in caring for patients with conditions of the integumentary, digestive and endocrine systems. There will also be placed at the labour ward. It will be offered partly during the semester for three weeks and continued during the long vacation break for a period of six weeks.

KBSN217 Introduction to Sign language 1 Credit

This course is designed to equip students with knowledge and skills in sign language. It will also help the student to communicate effectively with the hearing-impaired clients for inclusiveness or integration in the health care delivery. This course is non-scoring.

KBSN219 Supply Chain Management 2 Credits

This course is designed to give students in-depth knowledge of health supply management, supply chain strategies, production management and supply chain system slacks. It will expose students to the challenges involved in managing supply chains and understand the complexity of inter-firm and intra firm coordination.

Nursing Course (KBSN) Level 300

KBSN301 Principles and Practice of Health Assessment 2 Credits

This course is introduced to students to equip them with the skills needed to assess the basic health status of individuals of varying ages. These skills can be applied to nursing care in a wide variety of clinical settings. The course emphasizes history taking and physical assessment skills and includes weekly laboratory sessions where students are taught the various assessment techniques/approaches of the different systems of the human body.

KBSN302 Medical Nursing III 2 Credits

This course is designed to enable students to develop competencies in managing patients with medical conditions of the nervous and musculoskeletile systems. The content is taught through lectures, films, demonstrations, and supervised clinical experience. Emphasis is placed on meeting the needs of individual patients, as determined by the nursing process. The conditions will be discussed with reference to the definition, types, incidence, aetiology, pathophysiology, clinical manifestation, diagnostic investigations, differential diagnosis, management, complications and prevention.

KBSN303 Nutrition and Dietetics 2 Credits

The course focuses on the basic principles of human nutrition and the relationships between nutrition and chronic diseases. It will examine the large body of evidence demonstrating the linkage between diet and health as well as illness.

KBSN304 Surgical Nursing III 2 Credits

This course is designed to enable students to develop competencies in managing patients with surgical conditions of the nervous, musculoskeletal systems and cancers. The conditions will be discussed with reference to the definition, types, incidence, aetiology, pathophysiology, clinical manifestation, diagnostic investigations, differential diagnosis, pre inta and postoperative management, complications and prevention. Emphasis is placed on meeting the needs of individual patients, as determined by the nursing process.

KBSN305 Advanced Clinical Nursing I 2 Credits

This course will enable students to develop competences in preparing patients for various diagnostic procedures, setting trays, and trolleys for various therapeutic procedures. There will be concurrent practical skills demonstrations and the focus will be on procedures of the respiratory, cardiovascular, genitourinary integumentary, and gastrointestinal systems.

KBSN306 Advanced Clinical Nursing II 2 Credits

This course is a continuation of KBSN 305. It aims at assisting students to develop competencies in preparing patients for various diagnostic procedures, setting trays and trolleys for various therapeutic procedures. There will be concurrent practical skills demonstrations and the focus will be on procedures of the endocrine, neurologic, musculoskeletal and sensory-neural systems.

KBSN307 Paediatric Nursing I 2 Credits

This course introduces the student to the care of the well-child, the child with special needs and the child with acute and chronic health care needs. A strong emphasis on maintaining the dignity of the child and promoting healthy growth and development, even during illness, will be evident. Students will also examine the role of the family and the importance of it to the care of the child. Clinicals will focus on both well children and children with health care needs.

KBSN308 Paediatric Nursing II 2 Credits

This course introduces the student to the care of the well-child, the child with special needs and the child with acute and chronic health care needs. Students will also examine the role of the family and the importance of it to the care of the child. This course is also designed to provide students with knowledge and skills to identify and to manage the high-risk neonate, recognize emergency conditions and take appropriate actions. It also provides students with the knowledge and skills in managing medical and surgical conditions in children.

KBSN309 Relationship Marketing Strategy and Entrepreneurship 2 Credits

This course focuses on creating competitive advantage in the market place and emphasises the need to create vigorous customer-centered perspectives with explicit attention towards building and maintaining long-term client-patient relationship. It also introduces students to the concepts, theories, and practice of entrepreneurship in business organisations as well as non-profit making organisation.

KBSN311 Mental Health and Psychiatric Nursing 2 Credits

This course explores learning experiences that promote satisfactory assimilation of fundamental mental health and mental illness concepts in their delivery of the nursing process with clients and family systems. Learning experiences with a clinical component will be provided for students to demonstrate mental health nursing care to clients with self-care deficits within the wholly and partially compensatory and educative-supportive nursing system.

KBSN312 Nursing Research Methods 3 Credits

This course would introduce students to a critical appraisal of research in nursing practice.  Methodological issues related to research problem conceptualization; design selection; sampling; instrument development; data management and analysis will be discussed. Emphasis is placed on understanding the research process and on critiquing nursing research articles for the purpose of evaluating applicability to nursing practice. Interpretation and dissemination of research findings and advocacy and accountability in the conduct and use of research proposals are stressed. In this course, students are also introduced to the practical approach of research to understand the realities of what it is to undertake a research study.

KBSN313 Sexual and Reproductive Health 2 Credits

This course aims to provide students with knowledge and critical understanding of the concepts of Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) and SRH services and the key issues in local and international SRH, including those that arose at the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo. It explores SRH in the contexts of human rights, equity, gender equality and health systems and policies, and discusses the link between SRH and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

KBSN314 Principles and Management of Major Psychiatry Disorders 2 Credits

The course is designed to introduce students to the principles of psychiatric nursing and to assist students to plan and to deliver care that will stabilize the client with major psychiatry conditions and to facilitate the reintegration of the client into the community. The conditions will be discussed under the following headings: description, causes, types and management.

KBSN315 Community Health 2 Credits

This course will equip students with the knowledge and skills relating to community health practices. Students will be taken through community diagnosis, mobilization, organization, and participation. The sources of community data, measurement of morbidity and mortality, and health indices will be discussed. Students will be assigned in groups to carry out a community study as part of the course.

KBSN316 Obstetrics/Gynaecological Nursing 3 Credits

This course is designed to equip the students with knowledge on the concept and principles of midwifery and obstetrical and gynecological nursing. It will help them to acquire knowledge and skills in rendering nursing care to normal and high-risk pregnant women during antenatal, natal and post-natal periods in hospital and community settings. It will also assist them to develop skills in managing normal and high-risk neonates and participate in family welfare programmes.

KBSN317 Nursing Practical IV 3 Credits

This course offers students the opportunity to apply knowledge and skills acquired in performing various medical and surgical nursing procedures and health assessments. It will be offered partly during the semester for two weeks and continued during the winter semester break for six weeks. Students will be placed in medical/ surgical units, psychiatric units’ public health neonatal intensive care units and Intensive care units of affiliated hospitals.

KBSN318 Nursing Practical V 2 Credits

This course is designed to equip students with advanced practice nursing experience with specific medical and surgical conditions. It will also equip them with skills in managing patient’s pre, intra and postoperatively. They will be placed at the general medical/surgical wards and the specialized operating theatres during the semester. Students will have psychiatric, obstetric and gynecological nursing experiences during the long vacation.

Nursing Course (KBSN) Level 400

KBSN400 Project Work I 3 Credits

BSc. Nursing students shall be required to undertake a research study on a chosen topic in health. This course is designed to test the student’s ability to identify a health problem and research into that problem. The course is aimed at testing the ability of students to utilize the acquired skills on research methods to search for literature, collect data and produce a standard scientific project work. The student is expected to present the research topic for approval and carry out the research under the supervision of an assigned lecturer.

KBSN410 Project Work II 3 Credits

This course is a continuation of KBSN I. It is designed to test the student’s ability to identify a health problem and research into that problem. The course is aimed at testing the ability of students to utilize the acquired skills on research methods to search for literature, collect data and produce a standard scientific project work. The student is expected to present the research topic for approval and carry out the research under the supervision of an assigned lecturer. The project will take a maximum of two semesters and at the end of the second semester, two copies of the typed project work will be submitted for assessment, signed by the student and approved by the supervisor.

KBSN401 Biostatistics 2 Credits

This course introduces students to the basic concepts of statistics and inference. It introduces students to the basic ideas of data presentation, descriptive statistics, linear regression and inferential statistics including confidence intervals and hypothesis testing. The course will also examine the principles used in data collection, the key properties and logic underlying significance tests and confidence intervals, and some of the most commonly-used inference procedures.

KBSN402 Trans-cultural Nursing 2 Credits

This course provides students with an introduction to the theory of trans-cultural nursing. This course is designed to assist nursing students in learning about the culture, belief systems, values, and practices that are specific to identified cultures, in order to better understand and provide nursing care that is both culturally competent and culturally sensitive in nature. The course will equip students to get a better understanding of individuals and groups with different backgrounds.

KBSN403 Nursing Seminar 2 Credits

This course is designed to provide the learners with an overview of critical professional and ethical issues confronting the nursing profession within health care. It is also intended to encourage the learners to reflect on contemporary issues affecting professional practice, nursing care, education and research and to discuss strategies for enhancement of the nursing profession. Opportunities available in professional nursing will be explored and prepare the learners for the challenges that await them in the workplace. Moreover, this course also provides an avenue for their professional growth which will help them in role transition from learners to practice situations. Students will be assigned to groups for class presentation.

KBSN404 Gerontological Nursing 2 Credits

This course presents variations in the aging process and their impact on health, wellness, mobility, communication, and cognition. Using simulation and clinical experiences, students will learn how to apply research-based strategies to provide safe and quality care to culturally diverse adult and aging patients in hospitals and skilled care facilities.

KBSN405 Curriculum Development in Nursing Education 3 Credits

This course is designed to give the student an understanding of curriculum development, implementation, and evaluation in schools of nursing. Factors influencing curriculum development and learning are examined in relation to nursing education. The course will equip students with knowledge and skills to critique nursing curricula at various levels.

KBSN406 Administration of Nursing Services and School 3 Credits

The course provides the students with knowledge and skills in the administration of nursing services and schools. It identifies administrative problems during the care of the patient and how to organize resources and utilize them efficiently to achieve goals. It will also help the students to describe the roles of the Ministry of Health and its agencies in the health care delivery system.

KBSN407 Tools and Methods for Teaching Nursing 2 Credits

This course introduces the student to the theory, philosophy and principles of teaching and learning. It is designed to equip nursing students with the knowledge and skills that the nurse educator requires in order to translate curriculum objectives into measurable outcomes. Students will be introduced to the major teaching and learning strategies.

KBSN408 Palliative Care 2 Credits

The course provides an intensive historical, socio-political and cultural perspective of the personal, professional, societal, cultural, spiritual, and ethical/legal issues related to serious illness and the end of life. The philosophy, principles, and models of palliative care are studied and analysed, as well as the role of the advanced practice nurse and others in a caring society. Students develop an understanding of the processes of illness, coping, facing death, and quality of life at various stages of the life cycle.  Students develop communication and counselling strategies, and other bio/psycho/social/spiritual strategies to maximize quality of life and assist individuals and families while receiving care for serious illness in various settings.

KBSN409 Nursing Practical VI 3 Credits

This course is designed to equip the student with advanced practical nursing experience with specific medical and surgical conditions. The students will be placed at the psychiatry unit, geriatric ward, gynecological emergency, Female Out Patient Department and the maternity wards of the various affiliated hospitals. Students are expected to work 6 hours a day, 5 days a week and for a period three weeks during the semester and for 6 weeks during the long vacation.

KBSN412 Teaching Practice 3 Credits

This course is the practical component of KBSN411. It has been designed to expose students to an array of methods appropriate for teaching. It is aimed at equipping students with the skills in teaching. Students will be given the opportunity to practice teaching in the classroom setting and they will be evaluated initially by their peers to finetune their skills and then be evaluated and graded by their lectures.

Admission Requirements

Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSSCE) Applicants:

Credit Passes (A-D) in six (6) subjects comprising three core subjects, including English language and Mathematics, plus three (3) relevant elective subjects. Applicants should have an aggregate score of 6-24 in the West Africa Examination Council Examinations.

West African School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) Applicants

Credit Passes (A1-C6) in six (6) subjects comprising three core subjects, including English language and Mathematics, plus three (3) relevant elective subjects). Applicants should have an aggregate score of 6 – 36 in the West Africa Examination Council Examinations.

General Business Certificate Examination (GBCE) Applicants

Credit passes (A-D) in six (6) subjects comprising three core subjects including English Language and Mathematics plus three (3) relevant elective subjects.

General Business Certificate Examination (GBCE) Applicants

Credit passes (A-D) in six (6) subjects comprising three core subjects including English Language and Mathematics plus three (3) relevant elective subjects.

General Certi?cate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level Applicants

Passes in three (3) subjects (at least, one of the passes should be Grade D or better). Also, the applicant must have had credit passes (Grade 6) in five GCE Ordinary Level subjects including English Language, Mathematics and a Science subject (for non-science students) and an Arts subject (for Science students). A pass in the General paper required. Successful candidates will be placed at Level 200.

Advanced Business Certificate Examination (ABCE) Applicants

Full Diploma Certificate in ABCE. Also, the applicant must have had credit passes in five (5) subjects including English Language, Mathematics, Integrated Science or Social Studies in the General Business Certificate Examination (GBCE) or Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSSCE) or West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE). ABCE candidates may be considered for admission at Level 200 of the degree programme.

Higher National Diploma (HND) Applicants

HND holders must have graduated with a good HND certificate (i.e. at least 2nd Class Lower Division). First-class HND holders may be admitted to level 300 if they are pursuing the same programme. First-class HND holders may be admitted to level 200 if they are pursuing a different programme. Second Upper and Second Lower HND holders may be admitted to level 200 irrespective of whether they are pursuing the same or different programmes.

Post-Secondary Teacher’s Certificate ‘A’/Diploma Holders

Applicants with Post-Secondary Teacher’s Certificate ‘A’/Diploma awarded by any institution accredited by the National Accreditation Board may apply for consideration for Level 200.

University Diploma Holders

Holders of University (Tertiary) Diplomas in relevant fields (e.g Communication Studies, Journalism) awarded by institutions accredited by the National Accreditation Board (NAB) may apply. Applicants with a Final Grade Point Average (FGPA) of at most 2.99 and at least 3.0 shall be considered for Level 200 and Level 300 respectively.

Mature Students

KNUTSFORD education provides opportunities for people who could not do so earlier in their lives to further their education at the tertiary level in all its programmes after some years in the workplace. The applicant must be at least 25 years old, and show proof of age with birth certificate or any legitimate documentary proof of date of birth which is at least 5 years old at the time of application; All applicants must pass Mature Students’ Entrance Examinations conducted by Knutsford University College in English Language, Mathematics and an Aptitude Test for entry into all programmes and at all levels; iii. The applicant should show proof of passes in English Language and Mathematics in SSSCE/WASSCE. Any other standard High School level examinations (for qualifications from countries outside WAEC’s aegis should be referred to the National Accreditation Board (NAB) for determination of equivalences and eligibility for admission.

OTHER QUALIFICATIONS

International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE): Applicants should have credit passes in five (5) GCE ‘O’ Level subjects (including English and Mathematics) and three (3) passes in the relevant subjects at the Advanced Level. International Baccalaureate (IB): Applicants should have a minimum of grade 4 at the Higher Level in three (3) subjects relevant to the programme of choice (minimum of grade 5 for Health and Allied Sciences). Applicants should, in addition, have a minimum of grade 4 in English/Literature and Mathematics (SL). American High School Grade 12 Examinations: Applicants should have at least Final Grade point of 3.0.

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Financial aid is provided ‘as and when’ the aid is available. Students would be informed of all available aid and of the criteria for accessing them. It is the student’s responsibility to apply for such aid. Financial aid provided by the college is strictly for tuition and is not refundable under any circumstance. Students may contact the Students Services Office for details.

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Dr. Hillar G.K. Addo

Dr. Hillar G.K. Addo

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Head, Department of Computer Science and Technology

Fred Oduro-Kunadu

Fred Oduro-Kunadu

Assistant Registrar/Adjunct Lecturer

Lectureship in Micro & Macro Economics and Research Methods.

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