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Physician Associate

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Course option

2.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Physician associate studies

If you have a scientific background and enjoy being with patients, a role working in the healthcare profession as a Physician Associate can be both inspiring and rewarding.

The MSc Physician Associate programme is in alignment to Physician Associate Curriculum Framework to ensure that the graduates succeed in the National Examination and work as physician associates in healthcare.

A career as a Physician Associate (PA) will mean that you will support doctors in the diagnosis and management of patients. This might be in a hospital or a GP surgery. You will be part of a growing profession in the NHS where vacancies currently exceed the supply of skilled professionals.

Health Education England, has launched a national funding strategy for all Physician Associate courses in England and students will receive a training grant of £5,000 per student; it is not expected that you will be required to make an application for this allowance. More information can be found in the HEE Physician Associate document.

By the time you complete the course, you will have learnt how to request and interpret test results, diagnose illness and develop treatment and management plans. All vital skills that will enable you to become an effective Physician Associate.

**Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?**
At BNU, we have great links with several partnerships within the local community such as Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, so you’ll add exceptional work experience to your CV.

The programme has a strong employability focus to enable you to become an effective Physician Associate. BNU has a number of well-established partnerships with health organisations in North-West London and South-East England to enhance your experience and promote practice based learning.

Therefore, you will be equipped with the experience and expertise that will give you an excellent start to your career as a Physician Associate.

Upon graduation you can progress to work as a Physician Associate in a range of clinical environments in Primary and Secondary care.

**What facilities can I use?**
We have invested in state-of-the-art, simulated clinical skills areas. Students regularly spend time in these areas, to practise their technical skills, and use the newest technologies, in a safe and supportive environment.

**What will I study?**
Our experienced lecturers will prepare you with all the skills you need to provide care and treatment to patients. You will learn to carry out a range of medical activities such as physical examinations, medical histories, diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.

Modules

Year 1 Modules
General and Adult Medicine as a Physician Associate: Theory and Practice
Generating Knowledge

Year 2 Modules
Dissertation
Specialist and Acute Medicine as a Physician Associate: Theory and Practice

Assessment methods

Taught lectures and seminars are led by industry specialists, with the aim of creating an ambience where you can express yourself in any form and understand the nature of working in the industry.

A range of learning and teaching methods are utilised. You will learn through:

lectures
seminar
workshop
group work
tutored classroom sessions
independent learning through individual learning plans
case studies (skills and simulations)
presentation
problem-based learning.
You will be assessed using a variety of methods such as single based answer (SBA), OSCE and case study.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£10,000
per year
England
£10,000
per year
EU
£16,000
per year
International
£16,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£10,000
per year
Republic of Ireland
£10,000
per year
Scotland
£10,000
per year
Wales
£10,000
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Buckinghamshire New University

Department:

School of Health Care and Social Work

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98%
UK students
2%
International students
27%
Male students
73%
Female students
79%
2:1 or above
6%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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D
C

After graduation


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£24,000
high
Average annual salary
98%
med
Employed or in further education
93%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

87%
Nursing and midwifery professionals
4%
Caring personal services
3%
Teaching and educational professionals

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