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PgDip Physician Associate Studies

Course Description

This course is suitable for graduates with a life science degree or similar qualification. It enables you to build on your previous studies and gain a healthcare professional qualification.

Physician associates are a growing group within the UK and are seen as one of the solutions to recruitment challenges within medicine, particularly in general practice. There are excellent job prospects for qualified physician associates as the role continues to evolve in response to changing healthcare needs.

The course provides you with opportunities to develop expert medical knowledge and skills in taking medical histories, examining patients, providing a diagnosis, analysing results and developing management plans and pathways. The course meets the expectations of Competence and Curriculum Framework for the PA (DH 2006, revised 2012) (CCF).

Learning takes place in the classroom, in simulated clinical learning suites and whilst on clinical placement. We give you the unique opportunity to work with students on other healthcare professional courses, such as nursing and physiotherapy.

You complete 1,600 hours of clinical placements during the two year course. You learn in general hospital settings in medicine and surgery, as well as specialised areas such as paediatrics and mental health, and in primary care in GP practices.

After successfully completing the course, you are able to apply for these innovative roles throughout the UK, joining a growing body of physician associates in rich and varied employment.

For more information, see the website: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/pgdip-physician-associate-studies

Course structure

Full time – typically 2 years. Starts January 2017.

Course content
The course meets the expectations of Competence and Curriculum Framework for the PA (DH 2006, revised 2012) (CCF). The curriculum content is structured into modules which develop your skills in professional practice, clinical assessment and treatment and underpinning knowledge. Learning takes place in the classroom, in clinical simulation suites and in the real world of healthcare. In addition you have access to online/distance learning resources to support and enhance your learning experience.

Assessment: coursework; clinical assessment whilst on placement; objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs); multiple choice examinations, if you are successful in all the university assessments, you will be put forward for the National Examination. This may incur a fee of around £300 and may take place outside of Sheffield.

Other admission requirements

*GCSE Equivalents for maths and English
-Equivalency test from http://www.equivalencytesting.co.uk

*GCSE science equivalents
-OCR science level 2.
-Science units gained on a level 3 BTEC or OCR National Diploma or Extended Diploma Qualification.
-Science credits gained on Access to Higher Education Diplomas (at least 12 credits gained at level 2 or 6 credits gained at level 3).
-Science equivalency test from http://www.equivalencytesting.co.uk

Care experience
Before you apply for health courses, we require you to have gained some practical experience relating to your subject area. Evidence of the experience gained, understanding of the profession and a genuine, reasoned commitment to studying a professional course must be explicit in your personal statement to be selected for interview.

Selection event
If you are shortlisted, we will invite you to a selection event, and you should bring a passport or photo driving license with you. You can bring other forms of photo ID for the selection event, but if you do, you will still need to present further official identification before enrolling.

Visit the PgDip Physician Associate Studies page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Normally five GCSEs at grade C or above, including mathematics, English language or literature and a science subject or equivalent*, plus: an honours degree recognised in the UK at 2.1 or above in a science related subject including biology, biochemistry, biomedical science, chemistry, medical science and sport science. Other degrees will be considered on an individual basis. See course description for further admission details.

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