Certificate Programmes

Immersive Human Embryology

A comprehensive and rigorous (ESHRE- and ASRM-level) training and professional development in Human Embryology.

The courses consist of comprehensive immersive series of lectures, presentations and practical laboratory training that introduce participants to basic principles and techniques used in clinical embryology and andrology. Combined with the Tissue Culture and Practical Andrology certificate courses, the Basic Human Embryology course offers graduates with life science background and clinicians a tremendous opportunity to enter the embryology/ART industry. Topics will include:

Fundamentals of Embryology
Infertility and Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART)
Ethical issues in Embryology/ART
Oocyte Retrieval and Grading (Observation)
Andrology equipment and maintenance
Semen collection, delivery and analyses
Sperm preparation techniques for IUI/IVF
Quality Control methods in semen analysis
Principles of mammalian tissue culture
Aseptic serial mammalian cell passaging
Transfection and Transduction of cultured cells

Exploratory Tissue Culture for Human Embryology

Start Date to be Confirmed

Course description

This exploratory course on mammalian tissue culture introduces attendees to how to successfully and aseptically handle and culture transformed mammalian cells in vitro.  This rigors and methodologies involved will inform the would-be embryologist about expectations in an embryology laboratory.  The course assumes no previous tissue culture experience by attendees.

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Understand the precepts of tissue culture
  • Passage transformed cells aseptically
  • Relate tissue culture of transformed cells to limiting numbers of primary cells
  • Make informed decisions about entering into a career in embryology

 Course Content

  • Characteristics of transformed cells
  • Characteristics of primary cells
  • Genetic instability in cell lines

 Eligibility

  • MSc and BSc Graduates in the Life Sciences with 0 – 1 year experience in practical tissue culture
  • Clinicians with 0 – 1 year experience in practical tissue culture
  • Other health professionals considering a career in embryology

 

Application Deadline January 2022

Start Date to be Confirmed

For more Information contact

Tel: +233 302 957 663

        +233 277 715 058

WhatsApp: +233 558 558 939

Email: info@thrivusinstitute.edu.gh 

Starting Date and Duration

  • Date to be confirmed
  • 6 weeks, twice a week

Basic Human Embryology

Starting Date to be confirmed

Course description

The course consists of a series of lectures and presentations that introduce participants to basic principles and techniques used in clinical embryology and andrology. Combined with the Tissue Culture and Practical Andrology certificate courses, the Basic Human Embryology course offers both novices and graduates with life science background a tremendous opportunity to enter the embryology/ART industry.

Course Outcome

At the end of the course, students will have:

  • Comprehensive knowledge of infertility, its treatment options and ART
  • Comprehensive knowledge of human gametes and their handling
  • Observational experience in embryology laboratory practice

Course Content

 Fundamentals of Embryology

  • Infertility and Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART)
  • Ethical issues in Embryology/ART
  • Oocyte Retrieval and Grading (Observation)

Eligibility

  • MSc and BSc graduates in the Life Sciences
  • Diploma holders in the Life Sciences
  • Clinicians with an interest in embryology

Fees

For more information contact
Telephone: +233 277 715 058
Email: info@thrivusinstitute.edu.gh

Starting Date and Duration

  • February 8, 2021
  • 8 weeks, two times a week

Basic Andrology

Starting Date to be confirmed

Course description

This lab-based course provides hands-on training in andrology techniques focusing particularly on semen specimen collection, measurement of volume, pH, manual sperm count, and motility using sperm counting chambers.  The clinical implications of sperm parameters are discussed.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Give guidance on the right way to collect a semen sample
  • Perform proper and accurate semen analysis
  • Produce effective semen analysis report
  • Analyze and match right semen preparation technique to a particular semen sample

Course Content

  • Andrology equipment and maintenance
  • Semen collection and delivery
  • Preparation of seminal smear for morphology analyses
  • Sperm preparation techniques for IUI/IVF/ICSI
  • Macroscopic and microscopic examination of semen sample
  • Quality Control methods in semen analysis

Eligibility

  • The candidate should have any of the following qualification:

    • BSc/MSc (Life sciences); MB/ChB

Starting date to be confirmed

Application Deadline January 2022

For more information contact

Tel: +233 302 957 663

        +233 277 715 058

WhatsApp: +233 558 558 939

Email: info@thrivusinstitute.edu.gh 

Starting Date and Duration

  • Date to be confirmed
  • 4 weeks, twice a week

Basic Tissue Culture For Human Embryology

Starting Date to be confirmed

Course description

To be able to work effectively with very limited numbers of primary oocytes, the embryologist should have been trained to effectively handle cells aseptically to prevent contamination and properly to maintain viability and competence.   This course extends the introductory tissue culture course and discusses other cellular handling procedures especially relevant to successful embryology.

This course assumes some previous (1-2 years) tissue culture experience by the applicant and it provides practical, comprehensive hands-on experience with tissue culture techniques of transformed cells to novice and embryologists-in-training to enable subsequent transition to oocyte and embryo culture.

Course Objectives 

Upon completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  1. Understand the precepts of tissue culture
  2. Passage transformed cells aseptically
  3. Relate tissue culture of transformed cells to limiting numbers of primary cells

Course Content

  1. Principles of mammalian tissue culture
  2. Aseptic serial mammalian cell passaging
  3. Transfection and Transduction of cultured cells

Eligibility

  • MSc and BSc Graduates in the Life Sciences with some experience in tissue culture
  • Diploma holders with laboratory experience
  •  

Starting date to be confirmed

For more information contact

Tel: +233 302 957 663

        +233 277 715 058

WhatsApp: +233 558 558 939

Email: info@thrivusinstitute.edu.gh 

Starting Date and Duration

  • Date to be confirmed
  • 8 weeks, two times a week

Intermediate Embryology Certificate Course

Starting Date to be confirmed

Course description

The Certificate course in Intermediate Embryology involves extensive hands-on training to enable participants to work as minimal-supervision embryologists immediately after course completion. The program offers comprehensive and rigorous (ESHRE- and ASRM-level) training standards in Human Embryology and Andrology.  The trainee should have had hands-on, aseptic tissue culture experience and must have some knowledge of assisted reproduction techniques.

Course Outcome

 At the end of the course you will:

  1. Be able to work immediately as an embryologist with minimal supervision
  2. Gain comprehensive knowledge on human gametes and their handling
  3. Acquire extensive hands-on experience on semen preparation techniques
  4. Gain experience in culture techniques for embryology
  5. Observe ovum pick up procedure and be able to screen, denude, analyze and culture oocytes

Course Content

  1. Controlled ovarian stimulation
  2. Ovum Pick-Up (observation)
  3. Oocyte grading
  4. Embryo culture
  5. Catheter loading and embryo placement
  6. Andrology and sperm cryopreservation
  7. Ethical issues in ART

Eligibility

  • BSc /MSc (Life Sciences) & MB/ChB with 1 – 2 years’ experience in an embryology lab
  • Clinicians, Medical professionals (Nurses, pharmacists)
  •  

Starting date to be confirmed

For more information contact

Tel: +233 302 957 663

        +233 277 715 058

WhatsApp: +233 558 558 939

Email: info@thrivusinstitute.edu.gh 

Starting Date and Duration

  • Date to be confirmed
  • 12 weeks, 2 times weekly

Intermediate Laboratory Techniques For  Embryology

Date to be confirmed 

Course description

The course is open to both scientists and clinicians and provides them opportunities to gain practical knowledge in Clinical Embryology, Assisted Reproduction Technology and Infertility.   The course involves rigorous hands-on laboratory experience, extensive bulk and limiting-cell primary cell culture subsequent to embryo handling, culture, and catheter loading.  Observation of oocyte retrieval and clinical practice is presented as well.

Course Outcome

At the end of the course, students will have

  1. Extensive experience in aseptic human primary cell and embryo culture
  2. Extensive hands-on experience on semen preparation
  3. Oocyte handling, insemination, embryo culture, grading and preservation
  4. Loading of embryos for transfer and related quality checks

Course Content

  1. Tissue Culture of Mammalian cells
  2. Culture media and culture conditions
  3. Dish preparation for IVF cases
  4. Ovum Pick-Up (observation)
  5. Embryo culture
  6. Semen analysis and processing
  7. Cryopreservation by Vitrification

Eligibility

  •  MSc and BSc Graduates in Life Science

    1. Diploma holders in life Sciences
    2. Applicants without tissue culture experience will be required to audit the Certificate in Thrivus Tissue Culture of Mammalian cells program

For more information contact

Tel: +233 302 957 663

        +233 277 715 058

WhatsApp: +233 558 558 939

Email: info@thrivusinstitute.edu.gh

Visit us: www.thrivusinstite.edu.gh

Starting Date and Duration

  • Date to be confirmed
  • 12 weeks, twice a week

Advanced Embryology Certificate Course 

Date to be confirmed 

Course description

The Certificate course in Advanced Embryology involves extensive hands-on training to enable participants to work as independent embryologists immediately after course completion. The program offers comprehensive and rigorous (ESHRE- and ASRM-level) training standards in Human Embryology and Andrology.  The trainee should have had significant hands-on tissue culture experience and must have knowledge of assisted reproduction techniques (ART).

Course Outcome

At the end of the course you will:

  1. Be able to work immediately as a no-supervision embryologist
  2. Gain knowledge on how to set up an IVF laboratory
  3. Gain comprehensive knowledge on human gametes and their handling
  4. Acquire extensive hands-on experience on semen preparation techniques
  5. Gain experience in culture techniques for embryology
  6. Observe ovum pick up procedure and be able to screen, denude, analyze and culture oocytes
  7. Be able to maintain quality control in an embryology lab to ensure the highest possible success rates in an IVF program.

Course Content:

  1. Setting up an IVF lab
  2. Infertility diagnosis and management
  3. Controlled ovarian stimulation
  4. Forecast and setup for IVF cases
  5. Oocyte retrieval (observation), grading of oocytes and insemination
  6. Embryo culture Embryo cleavage, blastocysts, and culture medium
  7. Embryo selection, catheter loading and embryo replacement
  8. Andrology and sperm cryopreservation
  9. Quality control and maintenance, record-keeping and troubleshooting
  10. Ethical issues in ART
  11. Counselling in ART

Eligibility

  1. BSc /MSc (Life Sciences) & MB/ChB
  2. Clinicians, Medical professionals

For more information contact

Tel: +233 302 957 663

        +233 277 715 058

WhatsApp: +233 558 558 939

Email: info@thrivusinstitute.edu.gh

Visit us: www.thrivusinstite.edu.gh

Starting date and Duration

Date to be confirmed

12 weeks, 3 times weekly

Advanced Art Course For Embryologist And Clinicians

Date to be confirmed 

Course description

The program offers comprehensive and rigorous (ESHRE- and ASRM-level) training in Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART).  The course is ideal for both fledgling or experienced IVF practitioners with the requisite background and also for established ART practitioners looking to further enhance their skills.

Course Outcome

At the end of the course you will:

  1. Gain knowledge on how to set up an IVF laboratory.
  1. Develop critical insights in all aspects of an IVF cycle from pre-treatment evaluation and testing, through stimulation protocols and treatment regimen to addressing some of the most intractable problems in ART. 
  2. Have opportunities to observe follicular tracking, oocyte retrieval, embryo culture, and embryo transfer.
  3. Obtain acute understanding of the ethical issues prevailing in ART

Course Content:

  1. Setting up an IVF lab
  2. Infertility diagnosis and management for IVF
  3. Ovarian reserve and stimulation protocols
  4. Transvaginal ultrasonography for ART
  5. Ovarian stimulation in patients with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
  6. Ovum Pick Up/Oocyte retrieval (Observation)
  7. Embryo culture, embryo selection and catheter loading
  8. Management of poor responders
  9. Prevention and management of Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (OHSS)
  10. Recurrent implantation failures
  11. Management of thin endometrium
  12. Embryo transfer techniques (Observation)
  13. Luteal phase support
  14. Fertility preservation
  15. Oocyte donation and surrogacy
  16. Ethical issues in ART
  17. Counselling in ART

Eligibility

  1. Embryologists with at least 5 years’ practical laboratory experience
  2. Doctorate in the Life Sciences with at least 4 years’ experience in embryology
  3. Obstetrics and Gynecologists with a minimum of 3-years’ Post Specialist Certification.

Fees

For more information contact
Telephone: +233 277 715 058
Email: info@thrivusinstitute.edu.gh

Starting date and Duration

  • Date to be confirmed
  • 12 weeks, 3 times weekly

Introductory Human Embryology 

Date to be confirmed 

Course description

This exploratory course introduces Embryology to life science graduates with no prior background in embryology or andrology but have an interest in learning about both disciplines. Attendees will also learn about the fundamentals of the science and ethics of infertility treatment. 

The Introductory Human Embryology course is combined with Introductory Andrology and Introductory Mammalian Tissue Culture courses to enhance the overall exploratory experience.   

Completion of the course will enable graduands make informed decisions about whether to pursue further studies to become Embryologists or opt for other professions. 

Course Outcome

At the end of the course, students will have

  • Introductory knowledge of infertility, its treatment options and ART
  • Knowledge of human gametes and handling them
  • Knowledge of ethical issues in Embryology/ART
  • Gained an understanding of embryology and gained an ability to make informed career decisions.

Course Content

 Introduction to Embryology

  • Infertility, IUI and IVF
  • Introductory andrology
  • Ethical issues in Embryology

Eligibility

  • MSc and BSc Graduates in the Life Sciences without prior experience in Embryology
  • Diploma holders in Life Sciences

Fees

For more information contact
Telephone: +233 277 715 058
Email: info@thrivusinstitute.edu.gh

Starting Date and Duration

  • To be confirmed
  • 6 weeks, Two times a week

Exploratory Andrology

Date to be confirmed 

Course description

This hands-on lab-based exploratory course introduces andrology laboratory techniques to would-be embryologists with no prior experience in semen analyses or laboratory training.

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Have knowledge of techniques used in an andrology laboratory
  • Perform semen analysis
  • Make informed decisions relating to a possible career in andrology.

Course Content

  • Andrology equipment and maintenance
  • Gametogenesis
  • Semen collection and delivery
  • Macroscopic and microscopic examination of semen sample
  • Quality Control methods in semen analysis

Eligibility

The candidate should have any of the following qualification:

  • BSc/MSc (Life sciences) or MB/ChB with 0 – 1 year experience in practical andrology

Fees

For more information contact
Telephone: +233 277 715 058
Email: info@thrivusinstitute.edu.gh

Starting Date and Duration

  • Date to be confirmed
  • 4 weeks, two times a week