University of Portsmouth: Physician Associate Studies
|Institution||University of Portsmouth View institution profile|
|Department||Faculty of Science|
|Telephone||023 9284 5566|
Physician associates are a new type of healthcare professional, who – while not doctors – work to the medical model. As a physician associate, you'll have the attitudes, skills and knowledge to deliver holistic care and treatment within the general medical and general practice team, under supervision.
This MSc Physician Associate Studies degree course is the perfect next step to take a relevant undergraduate degree further, and work towards becoming a physician associate. You'll get the skills and knowledge to become a confident medical professional, working and learning under the guidance of experienced staff and assisting patients in real healthcare settings.
While fairly new in the UK, the number of physician associates is increasing and the Government wants to have 1,000 physician associates working in general practice by 2020. When you finish the course, you'll be in a strong position to work in this important role.
**What you'll experience**
On this course, you'll:
Access facilities that include the latest simulation training equipment, representative of the healthcare environment you'll experience in your career
Experience practice-based learning opportunities
Observe, examine, assess and engage with patients
Be trained to take medical histories, perform exams, diagnose illnesses and analyse results
Values and the NHS Constitution
We embed the principles and values of the NHS Constitution in all our health and social care courses. When you apply for this course, we’ll expect you to demonstrate how your values align with the values of the Constitution.
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**Careers and opportunities**
This programme will prepare you to complete the Physician Associate National Certifying Exam (PANCE) and take on the role of a physician associate in the healthcare environment.
As a physician associate, you can look forward to a career supporting doctors with diagnosing and managing patients, whether in a hospital setting or GP surgery.
In the future, other areas you could work in include leadership, service development, research, mentorship and practice education.
You'll be able to get advice and support from our Career and Employability Service for 5 years after you leave the University.
**Work experience and career planning**
To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, you'll get experience of working in real and simulated health settings. Our Careers and Employability service can also help you find relevant work experience that complements your studies.
|Level||RQF Level 7|
A second-class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject or a master's degree in an appropriate subject. Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered. Applicants are subject to interview. All offers are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and Occupational Health clearance.
You'll be assessed through:
You'll get plenty of feedback, to help you improve in the future.
The structure of this programme reflects the requirements of the Faculty of Physician Associates Competence and Curriculum framework. Your time will be split between practice and simulation-based learning and academic learning.
Practice-based learning includes placements in environments including community medicine, general hospital medicine, front door medicine, mental health, general surgery, obstetrics and gynaecology, and paediatrics.
Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits. In each year, you need to study units worth a total of 90 credits.
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.
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|EU||10200 GBP for Year 1|
|England||10200 GBP for Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||10200 GBP for Year 1|
|Scotland||10200 GBP for Year 1|
|Wales||10200 GBP for Year 1|
|Channel Islands||10200 GBP for Year 1|
University of Portsmouth
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