In this guide, we’ll be looking at the list of universities offering physiotherapy in Ghana. We’ll also look at career opportunities for physiotherapy graduates in Ghana as well as the requirements for becoming a physiotherapist in Ghana.
Physiotherapy has always been a core discipline of health sciences. Physiotherapists are trained to handle injuries. They often assist in the treatment of injured patients through physical methods.
Physiotherapy is also one of the highest paying medical science specialty in the world. You’ll find a physiotherapist in almost every rehabilitation and sports facility in the country.
What is Physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy is a science-based program that deals with the treatment of injury, disease and disorders through physical methods – such as exercise, massage, manipulation and other treatments — over medication and surgery.
A prospective physiotherapist can choose to practice in specific areas such as muscle and skeletal conditions, women’s health, aged care, chest conditions, occupational health and safety, sports injuries, babies and young children, problems of the nervous system and spinal injuries, administration, education or research.
What Do Physiotherapists Do?
A professional physiotherapist is trained to provide treatment for a variety of disease and injury conditions. Physiotherapists offer treatments relating to the following conditions:
- Cardiorespiratory: providing support, prevention and rehabilitation for people suffering from diseases and injuries that affect the heart and lungs, such as asthma.
- Cancer, palliative care and lymphedema: treating, managing or preventing fatigue, pain, muscle and joint stiffness, and deconditioning.
- Incontinence: managing and preventing incontinence and pelvic floor dysfunction.
- Women’s health concerns: addressing health issues surrounding pregnancy, birth, post-partum care, breastfeeding, menopause, bedwetting, prolapsed, loss of bladder or bowel control.
- Musculoskeletal: preventing and treating clients with musculoskeletal conditions such as neck and back pain.
- Neurological: promoting movement and quality of life in patients who have had severe brain or spinal cord damage from trauma, or who suffer from neurological diseases such as stroke, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis.
- Orthopedic: helping patients prevent or manage acute or chronic orthopaedic conditions such as arthritis and amputations.
- Pain: managing or preventing pain and its impact on function in patients.
How to Become a Physiotherapist in Ghana
To become a physiotherapist, you usually have to complete a degree in physiotherapy at university. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education.
Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English, mathematics, biology, chemistry, and physics are normally required. You may also be required to attend an interview. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements.
Entry Requirements for Physiotherapy
Applicants for a physiotherapy degree in Ghana are expected to have credit passes in English, Core Mathematics and Integrated Science. In addition, they’re also expected to have credit passes in Chemistry, Physics and either Biology or Elective Mathematics.
A’ LEVEL HOLDERS
Credit passes in FIVE (5) subjects at GCE Ordinary Level including English Language and
Mathematics and Three (3) Credit passes at Advanced Level in Biology, Chemistry and either Mathematics or Physics.
Universities Offering Physiotherapy in Ghana
- University of Ghana
- Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
- University of Allied and Health Sciences
Importantly, some of these universities may offer the course as Physiotherapy in combination with other programs. However, above is the list of all universities in Ghana that offers BSc Physiotherapy.
If you feel, we have left out any school please let us know in the comment section.