Physician Associate Practice
If you’re interested in supporting the healthcare team and working alongside doctors in the diagnosis and management of patients, analysing results and developing treatment and management plans then our MSc Physician Associate Practice course could open doors to a rewarding career.
Applications to start at our Preston Campus in September 2022 have now closed. We are still accepting applications to study at our Westlakes Campus.
On this rewarding course you’ll train to become a Physician Associate, a rapidly growing, in-demand role within the NHS with an attractive starting salary.
A Physician Associate is a medical professional who provides patient care under the supervision of a Consultant or General Practitioner, with a focus on diagnosis and management. Their daily activities include interviewing and examining patients, ordering tests and making decisions about patient management.
As part of this course you must be prepared to travel to clinical placements sites throughout Lancashire and Cumbria, with travel of up to 90 minutes both ways. Please be aware that some placements could be during evening and night shifts. Approximately 50% of the programme is spent on clinical placement across urban, rural, specialised hospital and general practice settings. During the rest of the programme you’ll be taught by University staff who are highly experienced in the clinical sector and include four trained Physician Associates.
Please note, with the General Medical Council’s (GMC) ongoing regulatory developments, we can confirm this programme (modules and content) will be aligned to the new curriculum for September 2023.
Why study with us
- You’ll be taught in state-of-the-art facilities. Our clinical skills laboratories have a vast range of equipment to help you develop clinical skills in hospital and GP surgery environments.
- You’ll develop a comprehensive understanding of the human body through our Human Anatomy Resource and Learning Centres (HARLCS). We also make use of fantastic teaching resources such as our Anatomage Table and diagnostic imaging equipment.
- Over 50% of the course will be spent on clinical placements with our NHS clinical education partners across Lancashire and/or Cumbria. You will receive £2,500 per annum to support your travel to placements.
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What you'll do
- You’ll be taught in small groups offering unrivalled student support and direct contact hours with staff. You will be timetabled to have over 25 hours per week of direct, interactive teaching.
- You’ll have the opportunity to learn from our Physician Associate graduates who regularly attend sessions to share their experiences of working in a professional healthcare environment.
- You’ll be exposed to variety of patients and medical conditions during placements in both urban and rural NHS hospitals and GP practices.
Following the pandemic, we have found that some courses benefit from a blended learning and teaching approach. Therefore, the majority of your teaching will be face-to-face on campus, with some online teaching where we have learnt it works best.
Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.
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- The centre is accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons, a professional membership organisation and registered charity which exists to advance patient care.
On completion of the course, you’ll be well prepared to take the National Exam. After completing this successfully you’ll be able to become a Physician Associate and apply to join the profession’s voluntary register, which the General Medical Council (GMC) will soon be assuming responsibility for.
There is currently around 100% employment of UK graduates of Physician Associate programmes. When you become a Physician Associate there is the flexibility, designed within the generalist role, to pursue a wide range of clinical specialist jobs in both primary and secondary care.
Fees and Funding
Scholarships and Bursaries
We have a wide range of scholarships, bursaries and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.
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This course is based in the School of Medicine located in the Faculty of Clinical and Biomedical Sciences
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