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STUDENT HANDBOOK

Of Rules and Regulations

BROTHER TARCISIUS PROSTHETICS AND


ORTHOTICS TRAINING COLLEGE,
ADOAGYIRI NSAWAM, GHANA

CONTACT
BR. TARCISIUS PROSTHETICS &
ORTHOTICS TRAINING COLLEGE,
C/O OTC
P.O. BOX 306
NSAWAM
TEL: 0342122606/0243053245
EMAIL: potcnswgh@gmail.com
WEBSITE: www.potcnsawam.webs.com
www.otcghana.info

In Collaboration with KNUST, Kumasi Ghana


FORWARD DEDICATION TO BROTHER TARCISIUS DE RUYTER
It is with great pleasure that we welcome all students to the Br. Brother Tarcisius was
Tarcisius Prosthetics and Orthotics Training College the founder of the
(BTPOTC), Adoagyiri Nsawam Ghana. Orthopedic Training
Center (OTC) Adoagyiri
The Student’s handbook has been designed to help you Nsawam, the mother
understand how the College is organized, how you can make institution for BTPOTC.
His journey to Ghana
the maximum use of your stay in the College, and what role is
began long ago in De
expected of you in the system. Bilt in the Netherlands.
He was born Christoffel
The handbook includes excerpts from relevant Disciplinary
Adrianus de Ruyter on
Codes, Rules and Regulations as they affect your life in the 4th December, 1925.
College, and should be a very useful reference. Chris, as his family
called him, grew up in a
Special attention is drawn on the background of the College religious home where his
and policies on admission requirements, evaluation of student’s parents, four brothers
performance and curriculum structure for the Prosthetics and and three sisters were all
Orthotics Diploma program run at BTPOTC Adoagyiri active members of their
Nsawam. local church.
Chris often read news bulletins at his church about
It is our wish to see that students are well informed about this
missionaries who lived and helped others in distant lands. He
program, so that pursue such a noble profession will not be full admired their dedication and caring for other and dreamed that
of doubts. one day he would follow in their footsteps.
Students are strongly advised to adhere to the Rules and On November 7, 1948 he took his solemn vows, a lifetime
Regulations of BTPOTC, Adoagyiri Nsawam as stipulated in commitment to God. He was given the name “Brother
this book. Tarcisius”. He began his studies and returned to his
shoemaking roots. He learned the craft of shoemaking and
We wish you a happy stay at BTPOTC, Adoagyiri Nsawam. studied physiotherapy. He put all his energies into his studies
and after years of hard work, he became a master shoemaker
and a physiotherapist. He also obtained a diploma in teaching,
which would be valuable later in his life.
On May 14, 1961 Brother Tarcisius arrived in Ghana, his new
country. Very quickly, he saw the hardships created by polio
that left many children and adults with crippled legs and feet. MESSAGE FROM PRINCIPAL OF BR. TARCISIUS
“I wanted so much to help them walk again.” PROSTHETICS AND ORTHOTICS TRAINING
COLLEGE, ADOAGYIRI NSAWAM
As his skills became known, many patients started coming and
he realized that he needed help. He started the workshop Prosthetic and Orthotic
immediately and began to teach the young men from the area Technologist (which is an
how to make shoes, artificial limbs, crutches, etc. In 1965 International Society of
Brother initiated the mobile unit so that our services could be Prosthetics and Orthotics
extended to all corners of Ghana. In 1967 a home for children Category II professionals)
was established as there was a need for children to have play important roles in the
intensive therapy. During his time in Ghana an estimated health care delivery system
millions of children and adults were helped with orthopedic in Ghana.
surgery, tools and support and hence regained dignity and a
future filled with hope. The philosophy of this
program is congruent with
In 2013 the Brother Tarcisius Prosthetics and Orthotics values and principles from
Training College opened its doors to the first students. This Mr. Henry K. N. Larbi which health service policies
Training College will provide P&O Technologists not only for are derived. It is based on the recognition that every individual
our Centre but for hospitals, government centres and other has the right to live a fully satisfying life regardless of his or
institutions that work with the physically challenged and her limitations. The high incidence of accidents, injuries and
orthopedic patients. Brother’s great desire to pass on disabilities contributes significantly to handicap in people in
knowledge is now being realized in the College. the community. The current emphasis on decentralization of
rehabilitation facilities will be greatly enhanced with the
The OTC has been acknowledged for the contribution it has training of this cadre for all agencies of the Ministry of Health
made in the lives of the physically challenged. On March 6, in Ghana.
1999, Brother was honored for his contribution when President
Flight Lieutenant Jerry John Rawlings presented him with the For the Prosthetic and Orthotic Technologist to be more
Head of State Award “for services to Ghana and humanity.” responsive to the needs of the society, this program must be
He was also given the title Knight of Orange by the Dutch developed in consonance with changes in treatment approaches
government. On December 10, 2014 he received the ExLa and in line with guidelines set by the International Society of
Gold Award (posthumous) for his Humanitarian Services. Prosthetics and Orthotics.
Brother died on January 15th, 2014. He continues to be The Br. Tarcisius Prosthetics and Orthotics Training College,
recognized, honored and his legacy will be carried on by the Adoagyiri Nsawam is the premiere institution in Ghana for
staff of the OTC and the students of BTPOTC, who recognize concise theoretical and hands on practical for prosthetics and
the gift he was not only to the Centre, but also to each of them orthotics education in Ghana.
individually.
LOCATION OF THE BR. TARCISIUS PROSTHETICS BRIEF HISTORICAL BACKGROUND OF BTPOTC,
AND ORTHOTICS TRAINING COLLEGE, ADOAGYIRI ADOAGYIRI NSAWAM GHANA
NSAWAM, GHANA
Since the founding of the Orthopedic Training Centre, which is
The Brother Tarcisius Prosthetics and Orthotics Training the mother facility for BTPOTC, Adoagyiri Nsawam in 1961
College (BTPOTC) can be found at the Orthopedic Training by Brother Tarcisius de Ruyter (SVD), the centre has always
Centre in the Nsawam Adoagyiri Municipality in the Eastern provided on-the-job or apprenticeship training for Orthopedic
Region of Ghana. It is a residential college located just a few Technicians in Ghana. It was the desire of the Orthopedic
minutes’ walk from the main Coaltar–Adoagyiri Road. Training Centre to upgrade its training department to an
Accredited College, so that the graduates from the program can
be NATIONALLY and INTERNATIONALLY certified.
In this quest the Orthopedic Training Centre with the Ministry
of Health of Ghana has played a major role in the development
of the Prosthetics and Orthotics sector in Ghana. The Br.
Tarcisius Prosthetics and Orthotics Training College was
commissioned on 1st November, 2012.
On 28th November 2013, BTPOTC, Adoagyiri Nsawam was
accredited by the Allied Health Professionals Council of the
Ministry of Health.
On 12th August 2014, BTPOTC, Adoagyiri Nsawam signed a
5-Years Memorandum of Understanding with the Kwame
Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST),
Kumasi Ghana for a Collaborative Partnership to run the
Set in quiet surroundings, the college is an ideal place for Diploma in Prosthetic and Orthotic Program at BTPOTC,
academic work and attracts a high caliber of applicants for Adoagyiri Nsawam. The signing of this MOU granted
training. The environment provides a unique opportunity for BTPOTC, Adoagyiri Nsawam an Affiliation Status with
students of the college to interact with their counterparts from KNUST, Kumasi Ghana.
other health training institutions and universities that visit the
Orthopedic Training Centre for field visits and clinical practice The Accreditation process with National Accreditation Board
attachments. and International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics has
commenced.
The students also have the advantage of having hands on
experience with patients who visit the Orthopedic Training Indeed, BTPOTC Adoagyiri-Nsawam is among the first
Centre, Adoagyiri Nsawam for prosthetic and orthotic services. Prosthetics and Orthotics Specialized Training School in
English speaking West Africa.
The college was established with the aim of producing high hub to enhance evidence-based services & technology
caliber local Prosthetics and Orthotics Technologists to replace for persons with disability and orthopedic patients.
the retiring and aged ones who were trained on the job at OTC
and NPOC in Accra who were currently managing the P&O 3 BTPOTC hopes to upgrade and develop the existing
established facilities in Ghana. capacity of OTC, Adoagyiri Nsawam into a West
African referral and resource centre for prosthetics and
With a foundation class of eleven (11) students for the orthotics services.
2013/2014 academic year, the College is currently growing
into a reputable diploma awarding Allied Health training
 VISION
institution in the country. The first class of students at
The vision of the college is to provide high quality health
BTPOTC, will be sitting for their Licensure Examination
professional training in the most effective and innovative
organized by the Allied Health Professions Council in
manner specific to the needs of the physically challenged
September 2017.
and patients with orthopedic and prosthetic needs.

 MISSION
 FACTS ABOUT BTPOTC Our mission is to continue Christ’s healing ministry by
 Regulatory Council: Allied Health Professions training highly qualified rehabilitation professionals with
Council (AHPC) good ethical and moral standards who will provide reliable
 Programme Name: “Diploma in Prosthetics and health care and rehabilitation services to persons with
Orthotics Technology disability and patients with orthopedic needs.
 Programme Duration: 3 years (6 Semesters) + 1 year
Mandatory Clinical Internship/ National Service after  GOAL
Our goal is to assure that the physically challenged will
graduation
have highly qualified professionals to meet their needs and
 Affiliated University: KNUST, Kumasi Ghana
also the poor and marginalize will receive the care they
 Academic Diploma Certificate: KNUST , Kumasi
require.
 Licensure Examination: Organized by AHPC after 1
year Mandatory Clinical Internship/ National Service.  MOTTO
 Graduate Grade: Licensed Technical Officer BTPOTC- KNOWLEDGE AND SERVICE; REDEFINING
Prosthetics and Orthotics Technologist PROSTHETICS AND ORTHOTICS SERVICES

 FACULTY
 OBJECTIVES OF BTPOTC There are two (2) main faculty groups at BTPOTC
1 To provide concise theoretical and practical prosthetics Adoagyiri Nsawam, namely full time tutorial staff both
and orthotics education and training. from BTPOTC and OTC Adoagyiri Nsawam and part time
lecturers from Biomedical Engineering Sectional Unit
2 BTPOTC in collaboration with KNUST is to exchange (Computer Engineering Department) of KNUST Kumasi,
teaching & learning, build a research & development
Prosthetics and Orthotics Department of Ecole Nationale Br. TARCISIUS PROSTHETICS AND ORTHOTICS
des Auxiliaires Medicaux in Lome Togo, Biomedical TRAINING COLLEGE, ADOAGYIRI NSAWAM
Engineering Department of the University of Ghana Legon, LIST OF INSTRUCTORS
National Centre for Prosthetics and Orthotics of Ghana
Health Services and FOCOS Orthopedic Hospital both in  DIRECTOR
Accra Ghana.
Sister Elizabeth Newman (SSND) BA, MEd
There are two main categories of faculty members in
BTPOTC, thus the core prosthetic and orthotic specialized  PRINCIPAL
course instructors and the ancillary or elective course Mr. Henry K. N. Larbi MSc DRD, BSc SES
instructors.
Faculty members at BTPOTC, Adoagyiri Nsawam have a  FULL TIME TUTORIAL STAFF
deep respect for pragmatic and academic learning and also
strive to achieve excellence, in prosthetics and orthotics Mr. Michael P. Murphy BSc Prosth &Orth, CPO, AAOP
education.
Mr. Kofi Awua-Peasah PG Cert Prosth, BSc. OT
Tutors focus on instructional performance to ensure that the
college’s mission is achieved. Their commitment to work Mr. Nana Kwaku Agyei BSc Prost &Orth, HND Mech Eng,
has a profound effect on the quality of prosthetics and Cert ISPO CAT-III
orthotics education given to students.
Miss Joyce Ohene PG Dip in Educ, BSc Nursing

Mr. Gyedu Yeboah Alexander BEng Elect & Comm. Eng

Fr. Bernard Agyei Appiah MA TESL, BA Eng & History

Mr. Raphael Amuzu Damashie Dip Prosth &Orth,


Cert Prosth & Orth

Mr. Anthony Osei HND Mech Eng,


(BSc Prosth & Orth in 2016)

Miss Rachael Oduro BSc Physiotherapy

Mr. Emmanuel Kofi Ohene BA Admin & Social Work


Cert Constr Technician
 PART TIME INSTRUCTORS ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Diploma in Prosthetics and Orthotics Technology

Mr. Amah Adama BA (Hons) Prosth &Orth Admission to the DPOT programme is without prejudice to creed;
race or gender provided the aspiring candidate, male or female,
Dr. Samuel K Kwofie PhD MSc BMEng BSc. Mech Eng has:

Miss Sophia Tetteh MSc & BSc BMEng A. WASSCE/SSSCE HOLDER: with passing grades in the
following:
 Core Subjects (A1-C6 or A-D)
Mr. Joseph Thompson BSc (Hons) BMEng, - English Language
HND Mech Eng, ISPO Cat III Cert - Mathematics
- Integrated Science
Mr. Moses Kofi Koho BSc (Hons) BMEng, AND any 3
HND Mech Eng, ISPO Cat III Cert  Elective Subjects (A1-C6 or A-D)
Elective Subjects the college accepts include the following
Mr. John Atsu Amugbletor BSc (Hons) BMEng, -Science: Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics
HND Mech Eng, ISPO Cat III Cert -Technical: Technical Drawing, Metalwork, Applied
Electricity, Auto Mechanics
-General Agriculture: Mathematics, Gen Agriculture,
Physics, Chemistry
- Home Economics: (with any Science Electives)

The aggregate score must be Thirty-six (36) or better. In


addition to the above listed, the candidate must:
I. Be at least 18 years and above.
II. Have no criminal record
III. Be of good health
IV. Pass a selection interview.
B. GCE O’ LEVEL: Pass in at least grade 6 level in 5 subjects
including English, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology
C. GCE A’ LEVEL: Pass in science subject e.g. (Physics,
Mathematics, Biology or Equivalent will be an advantage.
D. MATURE APPLICANTS: All mature applicants must have
passed secondary school certificate examinations (thus SSSCE
A-E or WASSCE A1-E8). They are supposed to pass an entry End of semester examinations = 60%
exams and selection interview. But only mature applicants with
the below listed qualifications would be considered: The student will be expected to obtain at least 50% on the end
 By the time of applying should be a serving officer, of semester examinations in all courses.
thus an enrolled nurse or an orthopedic technician and
have a minimum of 3 years work experience after
training. GRADING SYSTEM
 Graduates with HND, first degree or master’s degree in The Cumulative Weighted Average (CWA) for each
any sciences or engineering discipline semester should not be below 55%. Students’ performance
in a course shall be graded as follows:

ASSESSMENT REQUIREMENTS LETTER PERCENTAGE MARK


Assessment and evaluation of candidates will be based on GRADE (%) DESCRIPTION
the following scheme: A 100-75 Distinction
I. Continuous assessment (which includes: theory and B 74-60 Credit
practical sessions; presentation at seminars; project
work and clinical practical/internship report) which C 59-50 Pass
would be 40%. D 49-0 Fail
II. End of semester examination (theory and practical
sessions) which would be 60%. EXPLANATION:
(a) Weighted Average (WA): The students WA is
III. Successful graduates from BTPOTC can sit for the calculated by dividing the total cumulative marks of
International Society for Prosthetic and Orthotic each course multiplied by each credit hour by the
(Category II) Professional Examination. total credit hours of all courses which the students
IV. Successful graduates from BTPOTC can sit for has registered for the particular semester.
Licensure Examinations at the Allied Health (b) Final Cumulative Weighted Average (CWA): The
Professions Council after National Service. CWA for all course under consideration calculated
up to the end of a student’s academic programme.

EVALUATION OF COURSES
Assessment of students’ performance in each course (both REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION
theory and practical) will be done through a combination of For the award of the Diploma, candidates will be required
continuous assessment and end of semester examinations. to pass all required courses (both theory and practical) and
obtain a total number of credits not less than 118.
The weight will be as follows: Candidates must also complete all clinical/field attachment
Continuous assessment = 40% requirements; pass the written, oral and practical end of
semester examinations. In addition, the candidate shall be
expected to submit a work project and pass oral DIPLOMA PROSTHETICS & ORTHOTICS
examination on the work Project. TECHNOLOGY PROGRAMME
CURRICULUM STRUCTURE
CWA requirement will be 55.00 or above.
FIRST YEAR
However, candidates after the 3 years Prosthetics and
SEMESTER 1
Orthotics Technology programme will be mandated to
 Anatomy & Physiology I
undergo an extra 1 year Clinical Professional Internship
(National Service) to prepare for a Professional Licensing  Biomechanics & Mechanics I
Examination with the International Society for Prosthetic  Prosthetics & Orthotics Theory I
and Orthotic and the Allied Health Professions Council.  Engineering Design/Tech Drawing I
 Technology in Prosthetics & Orthotics I
(Machinery Technology)
 Prosthetics & Orthotics Practice I
DIPLOMA PROSTHETICS & ORTHOTICS (General Mechanical Skills)
TECHNOLOGY PROGRAMME (SEMESTER BASIS)  Communication Skills I
The college’s curriculum has continued to evolve in response  Mathematics & Statistics I
to the charging health needs of the society. The programme is
for six-semesters leading to the award of Diploma in SEMESTER 2
Prosthetics and Orthotics Technology.  Anatomy & Physiology II
 Biomechanics & Mechanics II
The programme demands a continuous assessment of students  Prosthetics & Orthotics Theory II
throughout the semesters. Students are assessed on their  Engineering Design/Tech Drawing II
performance in class tests, mid-semester and end of semester  Technology in Prosthetics & Orthotics II
examinations, in both theory and clinical practice. Since the (Material Science)
programme does not lend itself to options all students are  Prosthetics & Orthotics Practice II
expected to do the following courses: (General Mechanical Skills)
 Communication Skills II
 Mathematics & Statistics II

SECOND YEAR
SEMESTER 3
 Functional Anatomy
 Biomechanics & Mechanics III
 Prosthetics & Orthotics Theory III
 Pathology I
 Prosthetics & Orthotics Practice III ACADEMIC SESSION
(Mechanical Operations) Academic session comprises of two semesters for a year
 Disability and Rehabilitation I  First Semester – August to December
 Computer Science I  Second Semester – January to May
(Introduction to Computers) However, students are supposed to complete 8 weeks of long
vacation clinical internship during the 1st and 2nd year.
SEMESTER 4
 Basic Electronics STRUCTURE OF SEMESTER
 Biomechanics & Mechanics IV A semester shall be of 17 weeks duration and shall be
 Prosthetics & Orthotics Theory IV structured as follows:
 Pathology II  15 weeks of Teaching
 Prosthetics & Orthotics Practice IV  1 week Revision
(Mechanical Operations)  1 week Examination
 Disability and Rehabilitation II Students are required to have clinical practical attachment
 Computer Science II experience for eight weeks during each long vacation of first
(CAD/3D Printing) and second year respectively.

THIRD YEAR REGISTRATION


SEMESTER 5 Students are requested to register in person under guidance and
 Clinics and Patient Evaluation supervision of college authorities.
 Biomechanics & Mechanics V
 Prosthetics & Orthotics Theory V A student who does not register within 7 days of
 Clinical/ Workshop Management commencement of training will be requested to pay a fine to be
 Prosthetics & Orthotics Practice V determined by the college.
(Mechanical/Clinical Practice)
 Introduction to Research Methodology A student who fails to register within the first 14 days from
commencement of training shall forfeit his/her right to register
 Microprocessor & Programming
for the semester.
SEMESTER 6
Registration and orientation dates will be in the academic
 Clinical Practice & Field Attachment
calendar.
(During 1st& 2nd Long Vacation)
 Prosthetics & Orthotics Practice VI Every student shall pay a non-refundable registration fee to be
(Mechanical/Clinical Practice) announced in every semester.
 Research & Project Work
The duration of the programmes is 6 semesters and this period
is calculated from the date of first registration.
INTERRUPTION OF STUDY PROGRAMME The type of hostel accommodation varies depending of bed
A student may break his/her study programme due to certain available in each room. The rooms are fitted with double bang
circumstances such as ill health or any other genuine reason but beds. There is a resident Instructor who takes care of the hostel
may not break for more than four continuous semesters thus and makes sure students are safe and comfortable. In order to
two (2) years, so that the maximum period allowable for the forestall fire out breaks, cooking in student’s room is
completion of the programme is not exceeded five (5) years. forbidden.

A student who wishes to interrupt his/her study programme MEALS


must inform the principal in writing. The college operates a food program where students are
provided with breakfast, lunch and supper from Monday to
A student who interrupts his/her studies for more than four Sunday.
continuous semesters may re-apply for admission into the
programme. STUDENTS REPRESENTATIVE COUNCIL (SRC)
The SRC plays a substantial role in the students. It is the
COURSE CREDIT liaison between the student body and the college authorities. It
One (1) course credit shall be defined as follow: provides a platform for students to discuss their welfare and
 One hour lecture address their problems where possible. When the problems
 One hour tutorial or cannot be solved they are passed on for attention of the Board
 One practical session of 6 hours field work of Directors.

Students are expected to make 85% attendance before they are ASSOCIATIONS
allowed to sit for licensure examination All students belong to the Ghana Prosthetics and Orthotics
Students Association (GhaPOSA), which is a national
LIBRARY AND COMPUTER LABORATORY association for Prosthetics and Orthotics Trainees in Ghana.
The college has one well-stocked air-conditioned library with All students who belong to GhaPOSA, automatically hold
reading rooms together with 16 computer workstation student membership in Ghana Association of Prosthetics and
connected to the internet. Plans are being made to expand the Orthotics (GhAPO) which is the national association for
library into first class e-learning resource centre. Prosthetics and Orthotics Professionals practicing in Ghana.
Both associations have annual meetings and continuous
The college has a wireless network for internet, so students professional development activities among members. All
with laptops can connect to the internet where ever they are for students are encouraged to participate in these activities.
research and further studying.
GAMES AND SPORTS
ACCOMMODATION Life on campus provides opportunities for students to promote
Since the college is a residential one, all students are expected their physical conditions through such competitive and
to live at the hostels provided by the college.
recreational games as football, tennis, table tennis, snooker and BR. TARCISIUS PROSTHETICS AND ORTHOTICS
scrabbles. TRAINING COLLEGE, ADOAGYIRI NSAWAM

STUDENT HEALTH SERVICES DISCIPLINARY CODE


Notre Dame Clinic, New Life Hospital and the Nsawam i. Fighting
Government Hospital which are very close to the college, a) Provocation or inducement will lead to warning or
provide health services to students who have health problems. suspension for 7 days depending on seriousness of the
Students pay for services rendered and those who have case.
National Health Insurance are covered with the scheme. b) Actual fighting – The provoked will get a warning letter
and/or one week suspension. The provoker will get two
RELIGION weeks suspension and/or termination of the course
Even though the college is a catholic institution, students enjoy c) Causing injury – demotion and/or termination.
religious freedom. However, once in a semester, all students
come together to worship at the St. Joseph Catholic Parish in ii. Stealing
Adoagyiri, which is a walking distance from the college. Refund of article and/ or termination of study
Students have the liberty to form religious student’s fellowship depending on the seriousness of the case.
to provide the spiritual needs of they desire.
iii. In-subordination
COUNSELLING a) Flouting of authority – warning and/or one week
Students can avail themselves for counselling services suspension.
provided by Fr. Alponse Amanor (SVD), who is a clinical b) Students’ rudeness to staff – warning and/or two weeks
psychologist who is available by appointment when necessary. suspension.
c) Students’ rudeness to clinicians – warning and/or two
weeks suspension.

iv. Absenteeism
a) Students’ absenteeism from lectures/clinical practice
without any tangible reason – warning and/or forfeiture
of day off/dismissal.
b) Persistence lateness to lecture/clinical practice –
warning/deferment of course/termination
c) Malingering – suspension/termination of course.
d) Lateness to lectures/clinical practice – warning and/or
forfeiture of day off/dismissal.

v. Criminal Abortion
Both student and operator will be reported to the police.
BR. TARCISIUS PROSTHETICS AND ORTHOTICS
vi. Persisting flouting of College Rules TRAINING COLLEGE, ADOAGYIRI NSAWAM
Dismissal.
EXAMINATION RULES AND REGULATION
vii. If a female student becomes pregnant she would be The following guidance will govern the conduct of all
made to continue schooling from where she left off examination at the NMTC College. It is the duty of all
after delivery. concerned to acquaint themselves with these Rules and
Regulation:
viii. Cruelty to patients/negligent care of patients
Dismissal. 1.0 Qualification to write Examination

ix. Trading/Selling A candidate shall qualify to write an examination if:


Trading and selling is prohibited in the college. Any
student caught selling or trading will be sanctioned, 1.1 He/she has registered and followed the approved
articles confiscated and/or 2 weeks suspension or course as a regular student and has not absented
dismissal from the college. himself/herself got more than the equivalent of
three (3) weeks contacts hours for the course; or
x. Examination malpractice. 40% attended in any course.
Students caught in examination malpractice will be 1.2 He/she has continuous assessment mark for relevant
demoted or dismissed depending on the magnitude of subject areas:
the malpractice. However, students caught for
examination malpractices would be arranged before a 1.3 He/she is not on suspension from the institution.
Disciplinary Committee and the recommendations of
the committee will be implemented. 1.4 If he/she has paid up all examination and any other
fees current for the period.

2.0 Examination rooms and seating arrangements.


2.1 The examination will take place at approved venues
indicated on the Time-Table. It shall be the duty of
the candidate to consult the Time-Table and
ascertain the papers to be written.
2.2 The students should be spaced out adequately in the
Examination room.
3.0 Entering and leaving the Examination. 3.6 A candidate who completes an examination ahead of
time and intends to leave the examination room shall
3.1 A candidate should make himself/herself available at draw the attention of the invigilator/invigilation
the examination venue at least 30 minutes before the assistant who shall collect the candidate’s answer
commencement of the examination. books before he/she is permitted to leave.
A candidate may not be allowed to write an
3.7 Candidates who fall sick in the examination room
examination if he/she reports in the Examination
should inform the invigilator for appropriate action
room 30 minutes after the commencement of the
to be taken.
examination.
3.2 Candidates who arrive after the examination has 4.0 Procedures during the Examination
started will NOT be given extra time to complete the 4.1 Candidates must ensure that they sign the examination
paper. attendance sheet. On receipt of answer books,
candidate should carefully read the instructions on the
3.3 A candidate shall not bring to the examination front cover of the answer books and enter their index
room any book, papers, written information or number and other details as required.
any unauthorized material (bags, mobile/cell
phones, organizers, programmable calculators) 4.2 No part of the answer book may be torn and all used
are to be taken into the examination room until answer books must be left on the table. Rough work
he/she is invited or called and/or requested to must be done in the answer books and should be
enter the examination room. crossed out to show that it is not part of the answer.
3.4 A candidate who is suspected of sneaking 4.3 It shall be the candidate’s responsibility to provide for
unauthorized material into the examination may be themselves such materials as pen, pencil, eraser, ruler,
asked by the invigilator to submit him/herself to a calculator for the examination. Borrowing of these
body search. Refusal to comply will constitute an materials will not be allowed. Candidates are to
examination offence. ensure that they are given the right question paper and
other material(s) needed for the examination.
3.5 Candidates may leave the examination room
temporally with the permission of the invigilator. In 4.4 Under no circumstances should a candidate write
such cases, the invigilator will be required to certify his/her name on any part on the answer book
that the candidate does not carry on themselves any provided. Candidates are required to use only their
unauthorized material. An attendant designated by the index numbers throughout the examination period.
invigilator will accompany a candidate who is Unless otherwise instructed, candidates are to sit
allowed to leave the examination room. according to their index numbers for all the written
papers.
4.5 There should be no verbal or any other form of BR. TARCISIUS PROSTHETICS AND ORTHOTICS
communication between candidates during the period TRAINING COLLEGE, ADOAGYIRI NSAWAM
of the examination.
RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR STUDENTS
4.6 Candidates will be told by the invigilator(s) when to
start answering the questions. Candidates will be 1. THE SCHOOL
allowed reading time to check that the question paper There should be absolute peace in the classroom area and
is the correct one, all questions are readable and there hostel for a smooth learning process to take place.
are no missing pages.
2. CLEANLINESS OF DORMITORIES
4.7 A soon as the ‘Stop Work’ order is announced, Student of BTPOTC, Nsawam Adoagyiri are responsible
candidates are to STOP writing. Candidates should for the daily cleaning of their dormitories/cubicles.
remain seated for their answer books to be collected Cleaning of the dormitory/cubicles is to be done every
by the invigilator/invigilation assistant before they Saturday. All litter should be put in the bins provided. No
leave the examination room. Candidates have rubbish should be put in the corridors. Personal clothing
personal responsibility for ensuring that their answer should not be hung on the edges or the rails except inside
books are collected by the invigilator/invigilation the house and on drying lines provided.
assistant.
3. NOISE
4.8 Candidates caught in exam malpractice will be a) The classroom area and hostel should be kept reasonably
demoted or summarily dismissed depending on the quiet, as noise disturbs other students who may be
magnitude of the malpractice. studying.

b) Conversation/discussion with any other person in the hostel


or classroom or wherever should be controlled so as not to
disturb the studies or rest of other occupants in the class or
hostel.

c) The classroom and hostel doors should not be banged but


closed gently always to promote the durability of the locks
and woodwork and minimize noise.
d) Radio sets, all electronic sound system or gadget should be
turned down as low as possible to “your hearing only” and
totally turned off before one sleeps or is out of the hostel.
4. VISITORS
No visitors will be allowed in the hostel and class rooms. 9. CLASSROOM
Infringement of this rule has resulted in thefts and Students are expected to be in prescribed uniform for all
misconduct on the part of visitors. Visitors may call only classes and workshop. They should keep classrooms and
on their students at the hostels on weekends and in case of workshop tidy at the end of each lecture and switch off all
emergency at the class area on week days. Visitors should lights and fans. Students should not be noisy in the
limit visiting hours to allow students to study. classrooms as this disturbs their colleagues and tutors.
Class commerces at 7:30am and ends at 4:30pm and
5. REPORTING SICK attending lectures are compulsory.
Illness must be reported to tutor in-charge of health care or
to any tutor available at 7:30am for their names to be 10. STUDENT ASSOCIATION
entered in the sick report book before going to the hospital Membership is compulsory. Students should participate
or clinic. Students are to report to the tutor in-charge of sick effectively in all activities of the Student Association for
student and/or the housekeeper after office hours or on Prosthetics and Orthotics. GhAPOSA (SRC).Ffees should
week-ends before going to the hospital or clinic. be paid at the beginning of each semester.

All sick students should report back to the tutor in-charge 11. LAUNDRY
of sick students or hostel after being seen at the hospital a) Students do their own laundry at the appropriate place
except when admitted. b) Students should dry their washed clothes on the special
lines provided and not on the ground in front of the
6. TRAVELLING hostel
Any student who wishes to travel should obtain permission c) Ironing should be done only in the utility room.
from the Academic Officer by letter starting reasons for the
journey, date of departure, destination and return date. This 12. APPLIANCES
should be done at least 3 days before departure unless it is The use of electrical gadgets such as heater, electric kettle,
an emergency. microwaves, hair dryers, fridges and gas stove are
prohibited.
7. REPORTING FOR DUTY
Students should be punctual at class, workshop and clinical 13. MOBILE PHONES
sites and report to their officer in-charge. Lateness will not The use of mobile phones during lectures and clinical
be tolerated. practice is prohibited. When in uniform the ear piece
should not be connected to the mobile phone and used as
8. IMMUNIZATION the student moves around.
Students must realize that, the prophylactic doses of
vaccines such as Hepatitis B and C given to them are to 14. LIBRARY
protect them against the disease to which they are exposed Students should obey the library regulations as issued by
in the hospital/field. the College’s Librarian.
18. PUBLIC FUNCTIONS
15. PRACTICAL/LECTURE HOURS Students who wish to organize any public function within
Practical: Year 1: Monday 7:30am – 4:30pm the hostel or outside the hostel shall obtain prior permission
Tuesday 7:30am – 4:30pm from the Housekeeper as appropriate. The Housekeeper
Year 2: Thursday 7:30am – 4:30pm shall in turn inform the Principal.
Friday 7:30am – 4:30pm
Year 3: Wednesday 7:30am – 4:30pm An application for permission to organize a function should
Saturday 7:30am – 4:30pm provide the following:
a. Date and Time
Lectures: For All three (3) BTPOTC classes lectures b. Place where the function is to take place
hours are from 7:30am – 4:30pm from Monday to c. Names and description of speakers or performers at
Friday, except days for practical for individual classes. the function.
(There would be extra lectures if necessary).
19. PROCESSIONS AND DEMONSTRATION
Any student or students wishing to organize a procession or
Students should note that, these time allocations are
demonstration in the College shall notify the Principal at
changeable as and when necessary.
least 3 days before the procession or demonstration is due
to begin.
16. ALLOWANCES
A. Most students (Ghanaians) are on government The notification shall state the purpose of the procession or
Scholarship and receive monthly allowance while in demonstration and the names of the organizers. No
training. Such students enter a bond to serve the Ghana procession or demonstration shall be held after 6:00pm.
Government for a minimum of five (5) years after During the procession or demonstration nothing shall be
training. Other students are sponsored by other bodies. said that may incite violence or cause a breach of the peace
B. However from 2014/2015 academic year onwards, new in the school.
entrances will be on Student Loan Scheme,.
C. All students pay some fees towards books and In the event of violence at a demonstration or other mass
stationery and maintenance of infrastructure. The action, the perpetrators as well as the organizers shall be
college also admits for training foreign students who held jointly responsible.
qualify; such students pay full fees.

17. ACADEMIC DRESS


All students are required to wear academic dress
appropriate to their status on the following ceremonial
occasions.
a. Matriculation
b. Induction Ceremony
MINISTRY OF HEALTH TRAINING INSTITUTION: DISCIPLINARY CODE
BTPOTC, ADOAGYIRI NSAWAM OFFENCE SANCTIONS
CODE OF DISCIPLINARY
Failure to report on the day Ground work after classes for
Preamble of resumption five (5) working days.
This code of discipline pre-supposes that every health training Failure to report after Automatic demotion/
institution under the Ministry of Health in Ghana has a code of twenty-one (21) working deferment
conduct (rules and regulations) spelt out in detail indicating the days of resumption
sort of conduct expected of students. Failure to register for Student shall not be allowed to
semester courses take the courses.
It is the above mentioned rules and regulations that this Lateness to lectures 1st offence - written warning.
code of discipline sets out to support. This code is based on 2nd offence - manual work for
the principles that punishment is return; however the one (1) day
punishment should be severe enough to serve as a deterrent Persistent lateness Manual work for five (5)
to others. The purpose of this code of discipline is not to working days and bonding
prescribe punishments for every offence committed but to Absenteeism without 1st offence - written warning.
provide a guide on the disciplinary compel them to exercise permission. 2nd offence-manual work for
self-control and self-discipline in their day to day activities. two (2) days.
This may also serve as a guide to limits of sanctions, bearing in Persistent Absenteeism Suspension for ten (10)
mind that humane approaches are expected to be adopted in all working days
matters relating to discipline in health training institutions. It is Failure to make a CWA of Dismissal
highly recommended that committees that are set up to deal more than 55% for the first
with aspects of school life should have a student representative. (1) and second (2) semester
Referral in four (4) or more Repeat the class
It is also recommended that heads of institutions must ensure courses in a semester Refer KNUST clause
thorough investigation in all cases of discipline by the Resist for referral paper Payment of full examination
disciplinary committee. Cases which in the opinion of the fees for every paper
institution’s authorities merit dismissal should be referred to Lateness to clinical/ 1st offence - written warning
the Advisory Board. Under normal circumstances suspension fieldwork 2nd offence - forfeit a day of
should not exceed twenty one (21) working days. warning.
3rd offence and more
The co-operation of staff members is much desired and all Suspension for five (5)
efforts must be made to cultivate mutual trust between working days.
Principals, Staff and Students.
Failure to go work without 1st offence - written warning
and forfeit of the day off
2nd offence - forfeiting of day
off and manual work for one
(1) day bonding.
3rd offence and more 3rd offence - retrieval and
Suspension for five (5) dismissal
working days with bonding Violation of computer 1st offence-written warning
Failure to go to work 1st offence - clinical work for laboratory rules 2nd offence-banned for one (1)
without permission for ten (10) working days semester
more than three (3 days 2nd offence - dismissal. Skills laboratory Refer – library sanctions
continuously Failure to go to work 1st offence - clinical work for
Sewing of school uniform 1st offence - Seizure and without permission for ten (10) working days.
above the knee level Verbal warning. more than three(3) days 2nd offence - dismissal.
2nd offence - seizure manual continuously
work for one (1) day.
3rd offence and more
Suspension for five (5)
working days.
Improper dress by male 1st offence - seizure of uniform
students and verbal warning.
2nd offence - seizure and
manual work for one day
3rd offence and more
Suspension for five (5)
working days.
Examination malpractice 1st offence - cancellation of
written paper affected
2nd offence - dismissal.
Failure to return library A fine to be determined by the
books on due date institution
Tearing, defacing and Paying three (3) times the
hiding library books current price of the book and
losing the borrowing right for
one (1) semester.
Loss of library books Paying three (3) times the
current price of the book
Stealing of library book(s) 1st offence - retrieve book and
written warning.
2nd offence - suspension for
five (5) working days and
RECOMMENDED PUNISHMENT FOR OFFENCES 2nd offence - Withdrawal from
OFFENCE PUNISHMENT hostel
Keeping wet or stale food 1st offence - Verbal warning
PERSONAL APPEARANCE in the kitchen 2nd offence - Written warning
Wearing of uniform/shoe 1st offence - Seizure of 3rd offence - Manual work for
that is not prescribed uniform/shoes and verbal two (2) days after
warning work/clinical
2nd offence - Seizure of Male student visiting 1st offence - Written warning
uniform/shoe with written female dormitory and vice 2nd offence - Withdrawal from
warning. versa hostel
3rd offence - Five (5) days Possessing and using 1st offence - seizure of items
manual work after lectures / unauthorized electrical and manual work
clinical. appliances in the hostel 2nd offence - Withdrawal from
Wearing of long nails, - One hour to undo or cut the hostel
paintings of nail, spotting hair or shave Washing in an 1st offence - Verbal warning
long hair/multi colored - Seizure of item where unauthorized area and / or and cleaning of site
hair/bands, ribbons, beard, applicable improper disposal of waste 2nd offence - Written warning
moustache, male wearing - Verbal warning water and cleaning of site
earrings 3rd offence - Withdrawal from
Wearing necklace, neck 1st offence - seizure of item hostel
chains, bracelets, large and verbal warning Moving or packing from 1st offence - Written manual
earrings and beads with 2nd offence - seizure of item one dormitory to another and packing back to assigned
uniform and written warning without permission hostel
3rd offence - five (5) days 2nd offence - Withdrawal from
manual work after lectures/ hostel
clinical. Moving furniture from Manual work for two (2) days
HOSTEL classroom to the dormitory and sending item back.
Littering the environment, 1st offence: Tidying up area Failure to hand over room Withdrawal from hostel
plucking flowers, polluting and verbal warning keys and other keys to the
indiscriminate burning 2nd offence - Tidying up area hostel mother at the end of
with written warning. the semester
3rd offence - manual work for Refusal to report Manual work for one (1) day
two (2) days after breakages/damages and
classes/clinical experience defect
Cooking in the dormitory 1st offence - seizure of cooking Damage to Repair/replace at student cost
utensil/appliance institution/hospital Withdrawal from the hostel if a
property border
a) Willfully Repair/replace at student in the facility.
b) Negligently that dormitory Sleeping out of hostel 1st offence - Written warning
c) Accidently without permission and manual work for three (3)
Switching or leaving Manual work for all student in days
dormitory light on after the that dormitory 2nd offence - Withdrawal from
prescribed time hostel
Use of candles and open 1st offence - seizure of items Travelling out of town 1st offence - Written warning
flame lamps and written warning without permission and manual work for three (3)
2nd offence - Withdrawal from days
hostel 2nd offence - Withdrawal from
Unauthorized extra 1st offence - disconnection of hostel
electrical connections in unauthorized connection. Leaving school under false 1st offence - Written warning
the hostel/dormitories - Seizure of those items pretense and manual work for three (3)
- Manual work for one (1) days
day 2nd offence - Withdrawal from
nd
2 offence - Manual work for hostel
5 days Failure to report sick 1st offence - Verbal warning
- bonding through normal channels and the counseling
3rd offence - Withdrawal from 2nd offence - Written warning
hostel 3rd offence - Manual work for
Unauthorized electrical 1st offence - Restitution of the three days after recovery
repairs electric connection at student Sick students failure to 1st offence - Verbal warning
cost report sick and counseling. Arrange to see
- Manual work for one (1) doctor.
day 2nd offence - Written warning
2nd offence - Withdrawal from – arrange to see doctor.
hostel - Manual work for (3) three
Unnecessary noise making 1st offence - Verbal warning days after recovery
in the hostel 2nd offence - Written warning Malingering / truancy st
1 offence - Verbal warning
and manual work for one day and the counseling
3rd offence - Withdrawal from 2nd offence - Written warning
hostel and manual work for one day
Association / prayer 1st offence - verbal warning 3rd offence - Five (5) working
session at unauthorized 2nd offence - Written warning days suspension.
time and place and manual work for one (1) Pregnancy during training Counseling and deferment of
day program
3rd offence - ban from use of Criminal Abortion Counseling and termination of
training days.
Complicity in carrying out Counseling and termination of 2nd offence - Five (5) days
abortion training suspension and bonding.
Assault 1st offence - Written warning 3rd offence - termination of
and manual work for one (1) training.
day Flouting authority of 1st offence - Verbal warning
2nd offence - suspension for staff/clinicians and manual work for two (2)
five (5) working days days
Battery 1st offence - Manual work for 1 2nd offence - Written warning
day with bonding and five (5) days suspension.
2nd offence - Withdrawal from 3rd offence - Termination of
hostel training
Fighting 1st offence - Written warning False information 1st offence - Written warning,
and manual work for two (2) Defamation of character apology, retraction of
days information, manual work for
2nd offence - Five (5) days two (2) days.
suspension with bonding 2nd offence - Retraction of
3rd offence - Termination of information and apology, ten
training (10) working days suspension
Sexual offence (Rape) Report to the police and with bonding
termination of training 3rd offence - Termination of
Sexual activities on 1st offence - Written warning training.
campus / sexual and five (5) days suspension Impersonation / false Termination of training
harassment amongst 2nd offence - Termination of representation
students training Unauthorized disclosure of 1st offence - Written warning,
Assault/battery on 1st offence - Written warning private official information manual work for two (2) days.
members of staff and their and ten (10) days suspension 2nd offence - Ten (10) days
dependents 2nd offence - Termination of suspension with bonding
training 3rd offence - Termination of
Insubordination and 1st offence - Written warning, training
Rudeness to staff/clinicians manual work for three (30 days Possession and use of 1st offence - Written warning,
patients/visitors 2nd offence - Five (5) days tobacco and related manual work for two (2) days
suspension and bonding products with bonding
3rd offence - Termination of 2nd offence - Termination of
training training
Flouting authority of 1st offence - Written warning Possession and/or use of - Counseling
Principal and manual work for two (2) narcotic drugs - Referral to psychiatrist
- Termination of training Rioting / Incitement to - Prompt report to the police
Possession and intake of 1st Written warning and rioting - Ten (10) working days
alcohol counseling suspension / Termination
2nd Manual work, for 2 days, of training
bonding and recommendation - Rioting leaders and
for psychiatrist treatment organizers of rioting
3rd Termination of training - Costing of damages will be
visited on all students who
Stealing – depending on Counseling, restitution of item took part in the rioting.
gravity and termination of training. - Loss of life during rioting
Unauthorized publication 1st offence - confiscation of will be reported to the
(example in newspapers, publication, written warning, police
social media etc) manual work for 3 days and Disturbance during college Manual work for 1 day and
retraction of information and functions verbal warning.
apology Failure to attend school 1st offence - Verbal warning
2nd offence - Twenty-one (21) functions retraction of and manual work
working days suspension and for 1 day.
demotion 2nd offence - Five (5) days
3rd offence - Termination of suspension, written warning
training. and bonding
Libel 1st offence - Retraction of 3rd offence - Suspension for
information, manual work for twenty one (21) working days,
3 days and apology and demotion
2nd offence - Ten (10) days Lateness to functions Manual work for 3 days and
suspension verbal warning.
3rd offence - Termination of Use of mobile / cell phones Seizure of phone and payment
training. during classes, clinical and of a fine of five (5) Ghana
Written anonymous letter / 1st offence - Written warning school functions cedis (GH₵5.00) before
document / posters / retraction of information, collection of phone and verbal
graffiti paintings or cleaning of warning.
affected area, and manual work The amount is subject to
for two (2) days review
2nd Ten (10) working days Possession of any form of Report to the police
suspension, retraction of arms or ammunition
information and paining or whether Licensed or
cleaning of affected area. unlicensed on campus
3rd Termination of training. Non-payment of school fee 1st week: Verbal warning
4 weeks after re-opening SAFETY/PRECAUTION RULES AND REGULATIONS
External suspension until IN PROSTHETIC AND ORTHOTIC LABORATORY/
student comes to pay. WORKSHOP
1. Always listen carefully to the Instructor and follow
instructions.

2. Do not run in the workshop, you could ‘bump’ into


another student or object and cause an accident.

3. Know where the emergency stop buttons are positioned


in the workshop. If you see an accident at the other side
of the workshop you can use the emergency stop button
to turn off all electrical power to machines.

4. Always wear a lab coat as it will protect your clothes


and hold loose clothing such as ties in place. However,
students are to wear the prescribed workshop attire to
the workshop always.

5. Wear good strong shoes. Training shoes and sandals


are not suitable.

6. Never direct a compressed air supply at yourself or at


any other person; a high pressure jet of air can maim or
kill.

7. Bags should not be brought into a workshop as people


can trip over them.

8. When learning how to use a machine, listen very


carefully to all the instructions given by the Instructor.
Ask questions, especially if you do not fully
understand.
9. Do not use a machine if you have not been shown how 20. Precision measuring equipment, drills, etc. must be
to operate it safely by the Instructor. replaced in their appropriate cabinets after each
working day.
10. Always be patient, never rush in the workshop.
21. Tools and equipment must not be removed from the
11. Always use a guard when working on a machine. workshop without permission from the technician-in-
charge.
12. Keep hands away from moving/rotating machinery.
22. Eating and drinking in the workshop areas are strictly
13. Use hand tools carefully, keeping both hands behind the prohibited.
cutting edge.
23. Work cannot be carried on outside normal working
14. Report any damage to machines/equipment as this hours if there is only one person in the workshop.
could cause an accident.
24. The pathway through the workshop must be kept clear.
15. Hearing and Ear protection must be wore while Any oil spillage, grease etc. must be cleaned up
working on or around machinery and power hand tools. immediately.

16. When working with machine tools or other equipment 25. Safety Eye Protection Must be Used When Operating
with rotating spindles, jewelry, loose clothing etc. are Welding Equipment. The Shade number for electric arc
prohibited and long hair must be completely covered. welding is ≥ #12. The correct shade for Oxyacetylene is
≥ 8.
17. No machine may be used or work undertaken unless the
technician-in-charge is satisfied that the person is
capable of doing so safely. If equipment is fitted with
guards these must be used. Equipment must never be
used if the safety guards have been removed.

18. No person shall mount any abrasive wheel unless


he/she has been trained .Grinding machines shall only
be operated by technical staff and eye protection must
be worn.

19. Equipment must be cleaned after use. Any materials,


tools or equipment used must be tidied away.