Full-time: Two Years. Half of the time is dedicated to University studies and half of the time to clinical placements.
Preston and Westlakes
The UCLan PGDip in Physician Associate Studies provides an exciting opportunity for graduates to become Physician Associates – an innovative, professional healthcare role that is growing within the NHS.
Physician Associates provide care to patients under the supervision of a Consultant or General Practitioner. Their role includes interviewing and examining patients, ordering tests and making decisions about patient management.
Our programme is taught at either our Preston city campus or our Westlakes campus near the Lake District. See below for more details.
This programme is open to candidates with a first degree, minimum 2:2, or equivalent, in an appropriate discipline.
Suitable first degrees include (but are not limited to) the life sciences (biomedical science, biochemistry, physiology and healthcare science), sports science or allied health professions who hold a first degree (pharmacy, audiology, nursing, physiotherapy, radiotherapists, Advanced Paramedics, ODPs) as examples. A postgraduate qualification (at merit or distinction) may be considered for admission in cases where the applicant’s first degree is lower than 2nd class award.
Successful applicants will need to meet the academic qualifications above and be successful at interview; meeting the requirements of both the university and the health sector including demonstrating the NHS’s required values and behaviours.
Find out more about our Postgraduate courses. Book onto our Postgraduate Advice Event on 13 September 2017
Our course will provide you with a foundation of scientific and clinical skills, and the opportunity to build on and use these through a variety of clinical placements in Lancashire and/or Cumbria.
Our programme makes use of case based learning, clinical and communication skills role play and applied anatomy/physiology/pathophysiology teaching. All of our course content is in line with the requirements of the Physician Associate Competence and Curriculum framework (2012) laid out by the Royal College of Physicians Faculty of Physician Associates. In the foreseeable future, it is our intention to offer a Masters programme.
Outside of the classroom environment, the provision of clinical placements includes a full spectrum of opportunities: urban & rural, specialised hospital & general practice. Teamwork is essential for every PA and these placements will enable working in a variety of medical specialities whilst under the supervision of medical colleagues. The geographical location of UCLan provides students with a rare opportunity to experience such a wide range clinical disciplines.
If you have any queries regarding the course, the UCLan course team below....
Peter Driscoll (Course Director) : PDriscoll@uclan.ac.uk
Jane Rutt-Howard (Senior lecturer) : JRutt-Howard@uclan.ac.uk Tel: 01772 895557
The next intake for this programme will be February 2018 and applications will open in mid-August 2017. Interviews will take place in September/October 2017. To register your interest in application contact email@example.com and we will inform of the application process.
Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate
For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.
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This course will involve access to children and/or vulnerable adults. You will be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB) and we will guide you through this process.
This course is provided in partnership with Health Education England North West (HEENW) as part of the North West Physician Associate programme.
This course is offered at either Preston city campus or Westlakes campus near Whitehaven, close to the Lake District. Each applicant has the option to nominate their chosen campus. Both campuses offer affordable and attractive living compared to other city campuses.
You will be taught using our state-of-the-art facilities. Our clinical skills laboratories have a vast range of equipment, to help develop clinical skills in hospital, home and GP surgery environments.
A comprehensive understanding of applied human anatomy is enhanced with our Human Anatomy Resource and Learning Centres (HARLCs) which provide a focal point for students to engage in learning about the human body. You will also have access to our Anatomage table and a range of diagnostic imaging modalities.
Knowledge and understanding of the full range of applied biological sciences is taught through a range of lectures and practical activities by our experts in the full spectrum of disciplines required for the PA curriculum.
50% of the course will be spent on clinical placements with our NHS clinical education partners across Lancashire and/or Cumbria. This will include rotations in General Practice and a variety of hospital specialties. All students will gain experience in the care of both adults and children. It follows therefore that you must be prepared to travel to clinical placement sites throughout Lancashire and Cumbria.
Assessment is by a variety of methods including written assignments, practical and theoretical examinations, workplace-based clinical activity and portfolio content.
On completion of the course, students will be well prepared to take the National Exam and successful completion of this will allow them to refer to themselves as a Physician Associate and apply to join the profession’s managed voluntary register.
There is currently around 100% employment of UK graduates of Physician Associate programs.
Upon completion of the National Exam, Physician Associates have a wide range of choice of careers in both primary and secondary care.
For further information about the Physician Associate programme and a career as a Physician Associate please visit the Faculty of Physician Associates website.