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Physicians Assistant (Anaesthesia) Postgraduate Diploma

Course Description

This programme is intended for existing health care practitioners or graduates with a science background who wish to work as part of the anaesthetic team.

The programme will develop a practitioner role that enables the anaesthesia team to have more staff working differently. Presently in the UK only doctors who have had specialist training in anaesthesia can administer anaesthetics. The PA(A) is a health professional who will expand the anaesthetic service and make operating theatres work more efficiently. You will work alongside other members of the anaesthetic team and under the supervision of your anaesthetist.

Students who have satisfactorily completed the 120 taught credits of the Postgraduate Diploma: Physicians’ Assistant (Anaesthesia) will have the option of transferring to the Physicians’ Assistant (Anaesthesia) MSc Programme. Award of the MSc will require the completion of an additional 60 credit Dissertation module, which would take the form of a research project of their own choosing. The MSc is self funded costing £1980 in 2014/2015 (subject to change each year).

Related links

For further information about the role of PA(A)s, training and entry requirements please visit the Royal College of Anaesthetists website: http://www.rcoa.ac.uk

School of Clinical and Experimental Medicine website: http://www.clinexpmed.bham.ac.uk

Interested in joining the Physician Associate Postgraduate Diploma? Visit the website for more information http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pa

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open day (Friday 4 March 2016). Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgopendays

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk

Visit the Physicians Assistant (Anaesthesia) Postgraduate Diploma page on the University of Birmingham website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

The programme is open to applicants from two different routes:1. Registered health care practitioners (eg, nurses, operating department practitioners) require one or both of the following: At least three years’ full-time, post-qualification work experience in a relevant area, and evidence of recent (within three years) and successful academic activity A first degree in a health-related subject 2. New entrants to health care (graduates or graduate equivalent) require: A biomedical science or biological science background Preferably a second-class Honours degree or better, or other evidence of recent and successful academic activity A demonstrable commitment to a career in health care.

Course Fees

The course fees are £4380 per student per year which are funded through the NHS Trust.

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