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Physician associates are increasingly important in the health care workforce, supporting doctors and medical teams to diagnose and manage a wide range of common and complex diseases. This stimulating master’s course offers you the clinical skills and knowledge required to provide high-quality care under the direct supervision of a doctor. The physician associate (PA) is one of the newest allied medical professions and presents a unique and exciting route to clinical care for graduates. Physician associates play a key role working as part of a multi-disciplinary team alongside doctors, nurses and the wider health care team to deliver care to patients of all ages. As a physician associate, you’ll take medical histories, perform clinical examinations, order and interpret test results, take part in clinical reasoning and diagnosis, and develop evidence-based patient management plans. Working in partnership with local NHS Trusts, our experienced and dedicated academic staff will support you to achieve clinical learning and skills development. We’ll guide you as you gain the theoretical knowledge that underpins the physician associate role and integrate this knowledge into your practice during your clinical placements. Initially, you’ll focus on developing a thorough understanding of the academic knowledge that underpins the physician associate role. We’ll also support you to gain core clinical skills, developing your confidence and practical knowledge in the safe confines of our state-of-the-art Clinical Simulation Suites, before you’re exposed to primary and secondary care environments and practice through short placements. In the second year, you’ll have longer clinical placements in these areas, as well as gain experience in emergency care, paediatrics, mental health, and obstetrics. As a graduate, you’ll have competence in the core clinical skills of the physician associate, and possess practical experience of health care procedures ready for a career in this demanding and rewarding profession.
Information about the modules offered as part of this course is available on the University of Bolton’s website.
Details of the learning activities and assessment methods for this course are available on the University of Bolton’s website.
How to apply
This course has limited vacancies, and is no longer accepting applications from some students. See the list below for where you normally live, to check if you’re eligible to apply.
Republic of Ireland
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
You should have at least a lower second class honours degree (2.2) in a life or health science subject. Alternatively, you should have at least an upper second class honours degree (2.1) in a science, engineering or social science subject, along with higher education credits (for instance, Open University modules) in human biology, and either infectious disease and public health or molecular and cell biology, with an overall mark of at least 60%. Health care professionals (for instance, operating department practitioners, paramedics and adult nurses) with a Diploma of Higher Education with at least 50% overall, and a minimum of two years’ experience in a professional role are invited to apply. You must also have GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent) in English and Mathematics. If you don’t meet these requirements but have a level HE5 qualification in a relevant area, and recent honours-level or postgraduate credits linked to your profession (or a relevant professional qualification), and a minimum of two years’ experience in a professional healthcare role, and a portfolio of supporting evidence, we’ll consider your application.
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Additional entry requirements
Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)
You’ll be invited for an interview to ensure that you understand the requirements and level of this course, and ensure it’s the correct course for you. We may also ask you to submit a portfolio of evidence in support of your application, or undertake an assessment so that we can gauge your current academic ability. The interview process will involve face-to-face interviews with academic and practice staff. You’ll also be assessed on your values, behaviours, communication and problem-solving skills. We’re seeking students who can demonstrate commitment to a career as a physician associate, who have excellent communication skills and who are caring, compassionate and courageous. If you’re successful at the interview stage, you’ll be asked to undergo occupational health screening and a DBS check. You’ll need to demonstrate that you’re of good health and good character and satisfactorily pass occupational health screening.
Please note that this course is subject to the University of Bolton's Fitness to Practise procedure.
English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||7||If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 7.0 with no less than 6.5 in any band (or equivalent).|
We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.
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Fees and funding
|Republic of Ireland||£18000||Whole course|
|Northern Ireland||£18000||Whole course|
|Channel Islands||£18000||Whole course|
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