25/05/2021

Categories: Postgraduate

Everything you Need to Know about Physician Associates Studies

The physician associate (PA) is one of the newest allied medical professions, providing clinical care graduates with a unique and exciting route to medicine.

The MSc Physician Associate Studies degree at the University of Bolton is a fantastic opportunity for non-medical graduates to enter the healthcare sector. It’s also a great way for healthcare professionals looking to take a different role, making medicine much more accessible.

Working as a physician associate (PA) means supporting doctors in the diagnosis and management of patients, putting you at the heart of patient care.

Are you interested in a career as a PA? Here’s everything you need to know about the training: 

It’s open to students from a variety of backgrounds

To apply for our course, you should at least have a lower second class honours degree (2.2) in a life or health science subject.

Or you can apply with an upper second class honours degree (2.1) in a science, engineering or social science subject, together with higher education credits in human biology and either infectious disease and public health or molecular and cell biology (with an overall mark of at least 60%).

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You’ll undergo intense training

The MSc Physician Associate Studies programme is fast-paced and challenging, but extremely rewarding, and you’ll also have the full support of our experienced faculty.

We offer one-to-one mentorship and spend time getting to know you, and your career goals, so we can tailor the programme to your needs.

You’ll learn a lot in two years!

Some things you’ll learn are:

-How to take medical histories from patients

-How to perform physical examinations

-Illness diagnosis

-Managing patients with long-term chronic conditions

-A range of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures

-Test result analysis

-Developing patient management plans

-How to provide healthcare advice for patients

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Hands-on training is provided

We work in partnership with local NHS Trusts to deliver this course, and you’ll have exposure to both primary and secondary care environments in the form of short placements in your first year. In the second year, you’ll have longer clinical placements in these areas, as well as in emergency care, paediatrics, mental health, and obstetrics.

Practical skills alone aren’t enough

Although, our course has a big focus on hands-on practical modules, it’s just as important to work on your soft skills. A physician associate role is largely patient-facing, so it’s vital to develop communication skills, listening skills, and other core interpersonal skills.

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You’ll be surrounded by like-minded people

One of the best things about training as a physician associate is being able to join a fantastic student community, where you’ll be able to grow your network and learn from your peers.

We have a friendly and supportive campus, and we nurture collaborative working, helping you develop transferable skills for the workplace giving you opportunities for building meaningful connections with other medical professionals.

Graduates will find plenty of opportunities

After completing the course, you will have access to a number of job prospects, including in the local area of Greater Manchester. This is because our programme was developed in response to the employer-led demand for the physician associate role in surrounding hospitals and surgeries.

In just two years, you could qualify to work in medicine as part of a multi-professional team, and our dedicated Employability Team is on hand to help you achieve your career ambitions!

Does this course sound like it’s for you? To find out more or to apply in September 2021, see our MSc Physician Associate Studies course page for details.

If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch on +44 (0)1204 903 394 or admissions@bolton.ac.uk.

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