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Physician Associate Studies - PGDip


Course Description

Are you a life sciences graduate wanting the opportunity to train for a new healthcare role? As a physician associate you’ll work in the NHS under the supervision of doctors and alongside other healthcare professionals, delivering care to patients. Our programme will equip you to pursue a career in the NHS that’ll be both rewarding and challenging.

Key features

-Sharpen your skills on this intensive programme which takes an inquiry-based learning approach
-Benefit from early patient contact from the first weeks, continuing and increasing throughout the programme, ensuring that your personal, practical and professional development is patient-centred
-Access highly-developed teaching resources
-Advance your understanding with fully integrated clinical skill development and clinical placements throughout the programme
-Spend some time learning with medical students and other healthcare professions.

Course details

Year 1
The first six months will typically be spent in the University, establishing the foundations of clinical medicine and developing your clinical, diagnostic and communication skills while spending one day per week in community placements seeing patients. Following this initial phase, while continuing your placement in General Practice and the community, you’ll commence clinical placements one day per week in the hospital.

Core modules
-PAS714 Evidence-Based Practice and Research Methods
-PAS711 Foundations in Clinical Medicine 1
-PAS712 Clinical, Diagnostic and Communication Skills 1
-PAS713 Personal and Professional Development 1

Final year
In your second year, you’ll be based predominantly in the clinical setting with specialty blocks in mental health, general surgery, obstetrics and gynaecology, paediatrics, emergency medicine and general adult medicine (both hospital and community based).

Core modules
-PAS721 Foundations in Clinical Medicine 2
-PAS722 Clinical, Diagnostic and Communication Skills 2
-PAS723 Personal and Professional Development 2

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

Visit the Physician Associate Studies - PGDip page on the Plymouth University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A recognised first degree (2:1 or above) in a life science, biomedical science, or healthcare subject; or current healthcare professionals educated to honours degree level (2:1 or above). Experience of working in a clinical setting for a minimum of 12 months is desirable. Alternatively experience of working in a setting with customer contact, and some clinical attachment experience in a hospital or general practice setting. Chemistry A Level is desirable.

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