HistoryHoly Family Nursing and Midwifery Training College (HFNMTC) - Berekum

The Holy Family Nursing and Midwifery Training College (HFNMTC) comprises the Nursing Training College and the Midwifery Training College. Both institutions developed as individual offshoots of the Holy Family Hospital at Berekum to train the requisite nursing personnel for the hospital and sister health facilities in other parts of the country. Since its establishment, the HFNMTC has trained many health personnel who are working in different parts of the country and beyond.

According to the genesis of the HFNMTC,  in 1943, the late Nana Boakye Yiadom Owusu II, the then Paramount Chief of Berekum Traditional area, appealed to the then Catholic Bishop of Kumasi, Most Rev. Paulisan, to establish a hospital in Berekum to cater for the health needs of the people in Berekum and Jaman Districts.  Nana’s appeal was favourably considered by Bishop Paulisan and his overseas sponsors. Following the approval of Nana’s appeal, the Medical Mission Sisters (MMS) arrived in Ghana in 1948 and established the first clinic, the Holy Family Hospital at Berekum.

With time the clinic grew bigger to become a hospital under the care and management of the Medical Mission Sisters.  As the hospital continued to expand its services, the Medical Mission Sisters became mindful of the importance of training and replenishing of human resources for health institutions, especially professional nurses for their own hospitals and clinics. They therefore advised the church to establish a Nurses Training School. As a result, the Medical Mission Sisters founded the Nursing College on 21st January 1957.  This was later followed by the establishment of the Midwifery Training College in 1964 to train midwives for the hospitals. The two Colleges went through different stages of metamorphosis and maturity until they weaned from the hospital and became autonomous in 1991.

In 1987, the College was given accreditation by the Nurses and Midwives' Council of Ghana to offer a State Registered Nursing (SRN) Programme. The Nursing School initially prepared students for the Qualified Registered Nursing (QRN) programme. Consequently, in August 1988, the first batch of the six (6) males and six (6) females were admitted with O' Level Certificates to pursue a three-year programme leading to the award of a State Registered Nursing (SRN) Certificate. The Holy Family Nursing and Midwifery Training College was then the only instituiton in the Brong-Ahafo Region which trained qualified nurses.

In 1999, the College started the three-year Registered General Nursing (RGN), a six-semester Diploma Programme, run concurrently with the SRN certifcate course, which ended in 2004.

The Midwifery Training College on the other hand was set up in the year 1964, as a post-basic programme to train Qualified Registered Nurses and Enrolled Nurses as Midwives. A total of Four Hundred and Eighty-Five (485) Midwives were trained under this programme.

In 1999, the Midwifery College was also upgraded to the status of Post-SRN Midwifery Training College. As at the time it phased out in 2003, the programme had trained a total of 35 midwives.

In 2003, the College started a three-year Registered Midwifery (RM) Diploma Programme which was at par with the Registered General Nursing (RGN) Diploma Programme with the same entry requirements.

In 2002, both Programmes were put under one administration with one head and two academic coordinators. The College runs both the Nursing and Midwifery programmes sharing the same facilities. The institution admits qualified students regardless of religion, tribe, nationality or social standing and ensures that students are competently and professionally trained to deliver quality health care to the people.  

As at December 14, 2012 when the College's Board of Governors was inaugurated, the College had produced a total of One Thousand, Eight Hundred and Seventy Six (1,876) Nurses and Midwives comprising;

Nurses (QRNs, ENs, SRNs, RGN (Diploma))     -       1,151
Midwives                                                               -          725

Since the introduction of the Registered General Nursing (Diploma) in 1999, the College has been working conscientiously with the Ministry of Health and the Nurses and Midwives Council of Ghana to get the College accredited by the National Accreditation Board as a diploma awarding institution. 

The Minsitry of Health has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and the University of Ghana, Legon to get all Nursing and Midwifery Training Colleges affiliated to the Universities to facilitate the award of diplomas to their Nursing and Midwifery graduates respectively. 

At its 88th Board Meeting held in September, 2012, the National Accreditation Board approved the grant of a five-year Institutional Reaccreditation to the College with effect from September, 2012.

In September, 2014, a satellite campus at St. Mary's Hospital was established. This became very necessary as a result of inadequate infrastructure at the mother campus and the high demand of quality health professionals in the country.

Since its establishement in 1957, the College has gone through the administration of 19  principals.