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Ulster University: Physician Associate Studies

Institution Ulster University
Department Magee Campus
Telephone 028 7012 4805
Study type Taught


This is a full-time, two-year intensive medical training programme. It is designed to educate and produce knowledgeable and competent Physician Associates (PAs) who can practise medicine and support the medical team in the diagnosis and management of patients, and provide high quality medical care across a range of medical specialities.

The programme delivers the requirements of the Competence and Curriculum Framework for the Physician Associate, enabling graduates to successfully complete the university programme and the PA national examinations.

The first year of the programme is mainly theoretical and university-based (five days per week), with one day per week in a clinical setting. In second year, the majority of time is spent on clinical attachment with one day every ten weeks in university for formative or summative assessments.

You will learn to take medical histories; perform physical examinations; request and analyse test results; diagnose illnesses; and develop treatment and management plans.

Professional Recognition - The qualification is not currently recognised outside of UK/Ireland and graduates from any UK University offering the PA course cannot work in the USA/Canada/ Netherlands.


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