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Physician Associate Studies MSc

Entry requirements


GCSE/National 4/National 5

Grade 6/B in English and Maths.

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About this course


Course option

2.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Physician associate studies

The position of a Physician Associate is a pioneering and rapidly growing clinical career. This course will enable you to develop the skills and knowledge to be part of a clinical workforce delivering excellent patient care. A tailored combination of clinical placements and innovative teaching, delivered by PAs, scientists and clinicians, provides the ideal educational environment for learning and skills development.

Physician Associates (PAs) are healthcare professionals, trained in a generalist medical model to deliver care and treatment within hospital and community environments. A PA works independently, under the supervision of a senior doctor, to diagnose, manage and treat a range of patients as part of a multi-disciplinary team. Once qualified, PAs may also develop a specialist area of practice.

Keele’s PA course utilises a diverse range of teaching faculty including PAs, clinicians, scientists and researchers to maximise students’ learning potential. Furthermore, Keele’s placement providers are committed to developing PAs for recruitment into their organisations. Postgraduate medicine is closely affiliated to the North Staffordshire PA Internship Programme and is actively involved with the development of PA education nationally.

The course is a full-time, two-year programme of experiential learning, where students engage with a range of teaching methodologies linked to clinical cases and associated skills. Both years follow a programme of clinical teaching with integrated placements in primary and secondary care with hospitals and GP practices. Students are taught by a range of specialist academics and clinicians to gain comprehensive input and guidance about the topic areas required to fulfil the programme requirements. They also have joint teaching with the UG medical programme to develop interpersonal awareness and knowledge.

Our aim is to prepare students for the national exam and their future careers with a structured programme of speciality teaching. Students will gain a broad understanding of clinical environments including: General Medical; Emergency Medicine; General Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Paediatrics and Mental Health.

Modules

For information regarding modules for this course, please visit the course page on the Keele University website

The Uni


Course location:

Keele University

Department:

School of Medicine

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

97%
UK students
3%
International students
47%
Male students
53%
Female students
88%
2:1 or above
7%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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After graduation


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£22,000
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Average annual salary
96%
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Employed or in further education
90%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

80%
Therapy professionals
4%
Science, engineering and production technicians
3%
Teaching and educational professionals

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