The Seventh-day Adventist Nursing and Midwifery Training College – Asanta is situated in the Ellembelle District of the Western Region of Ghana. The College was established in 2007 by the South-West Ghana Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church under the leadership of the then-president, Pastor Thomas Techie Ocran. The dream was motivated by the need to train healthcare professionals guided by Christian ethics, professionalism, and excellence.1
The establishment of the college was in response to the Ghana Ministry of Health’s policy to train middle-level healthcare workers for the rural communities. The College is a member of the Christian Health Association of Ghana (CHAG). The initiative by the Seventh-day Adventist Church to establish this College shows effective collaboration and partnership between the public and mission institutions in the training of health workers in Ghana. The College operates under the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s philosophy of education, which seeks a harmonious development of the mental, physical, and spiritual aspects of a person.
The College began with seven workers--three teaching and five non-teaching, with 100 students. The total staff then was comprised of the principal (Lily Obenewaa Asare), vice principal (Ellen Opoku Boamah), account (Amos Aboagye), and four security guards (Elder Wilson Cobbinah, Elvis Kofie Nyamekye, Peter Minnah Attobrah, and Albert Kofi Tawiah).2
Since its establishment in 2007, the school has graduated 15 generations of Nurse Assistants, who have been then deployed by the Ministry of Health to various health facilities throughout the country.
In 2012, the College commenced training in post-Nurse Assistant Preventive and Nurse Assistants Clinical in Midwifery and has turned out eight cohorts who are working in their respective health facilities.
In 2017, the College attained a diploma award status and commenced a Registered General Nursing Program under the leadership of Ellen Opoku Boamah as the principal. The College has turned out five generations of Registered General Nurses who have been deployed by the Ministry of Health to facilities.
In 2019, the College started the Registered Midwifery Program. As of this writing, the College has turned out one new generation of Registered Midwives who has been deployed by the Ministry of Health.3
Plans are advancing for the College to add a new program in Nutrition and Dietetics to its other programs in 2023.4 Currently, the staff strength has increased to 62 with the student population of 997.5 Every semester, the College organizes a Week of Spiritual Emphasis for students, faculty, and staff.6
SDA NMTC Principal Report, April 2023. SDA NMTC records office, Asanta, Ghana.
SDA NMTC Strategic Plan, 2022. SDA NMTC records office, Asanta, Ghana.
SDA NMTC - Asanta Students Handbook. SDA NMTC records office, Asanta, Ghana.
T. T. Ocran, the past president of the South-West Ghana Conference, interview by author, January 21, 2023.↩
SWGC Session Report, 2015.↩
Principal’s Report to the College Board, April 2023.↩
SDA NMTC Strategic Plan, 2022.↩
Principal’s Report to College Board, April 2023.↩
SDA NMTC - Asanta Student Handbook.↩