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Physician Associate Studies PGDip

Course Description

Course Overview

Our course will prepare you for the National Physician Associate entrance exam. Successful completion of the exam allows you to work as a physician associate within the NHS. You will gain skills in history taking, physical examination and diagnosis. You will also study clinical theory and undertake clinical placements.

This course will equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to qualify as a physician associate. Physician associates provide patient care within the National Health Service (NHS). They work under the supervision of doctors and health care professionals. The course will suit graduates of a bioscience discipline.

You will learn how to work to the medical model, with the attitudes, skills and knowledge base needed to deliver holistic care and treatment. You will develop your understanding of clinical practice through a combination of: case based self-directed learning; clinical skills laboratory teaching; hands on experience in clinical settings.

Additionally, you will develop core knowledge in preparation for the clinical workplace. This will include appropriate knowledge of: anatomy; biochemistry; physiology; pharmacology; immunology; microbiology; neurology.

On completion of the course you will be able to take the national physician associate qualifying exam. Satisfactory performance allows you to begin work as a physician associate within the NHS. The exam is overseen by the Faculty of Physician Associates within the Royal College of Physicians.

The course draws on Newcastle University’s considerable excellence in medical training. It was developed in association with Health Education North East.

How to Apply

For course application information see http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/degrees/physician-associate-studies-pgdip/#howtoapply

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

Entry Requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in a bioscience or related subject. If your first language is not English you need an overall IELTS score of 7.5 (with at least 7.0 in all sub-skills).

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