We operate a modular system for this course which means the qualification is obtained by a process of credit accumulation - a model used on courses throughout the UK and Europe.

The course is designed to cover all aspects of the Physician Associate Competence and Curriculum Framework to ensure that graduates are able to take the National Examination at the end of the course and work as a physician assistant in acute or community care.

Year one

The first year is dedicated to ensuring all students have a good grounding in the sciences underpinning healthcare. You will spend three days a week on campus and one day on clinical placements in GP practices.

Weeks Theme Modules
4 Introduction Evidence based practice in Healthcare; Personal and Professional Development; Foundations in Clinical Medicine; Applied Pharmacology.
4 Cardiovascular
3 Respiratory
3 Gastrointestinal
2 Ear Nose and Throat/ Ophthol
2 Renal and Genito Urinary
2 Endocrine
2 Neurology
2 Infectious Disease
2 Musculoskeletal Personal and Professional Development; Foundations in Clinical Medicine; Applied Pharmacology.
2 Dermatology
2 Haeme/Oncology
2 Care of the elderly Foundations in Clinical Medicine; Personal and Professional Development; Applied Pharmacology.
2 Mental Health
3 Paediatrics
2 Female Health
1 Male Health
1 Sexual Health

Year two

In the second year you will be on campus one day every three weeks as the emphasis shifts towards clinical work and placements, with 40 weeks being spent in hospital and six weeks being spent on a GP placement.

Weeks Theme Modules Placements
3 SP Topics Personal and Professional Development; Foundations in Clinical Medicine. Hospital (40 weeks) and General Practice (six weeks)
37 All themes covered in year one

The modules for this course are integrated; your learning throughout one module will significantly inform and influence your learning in another module. The course consists of six modules totalling 120 credits at level seven.

Foundations of Clinical Medicine (45 credits)

This module covers integrated body systems, pathology, differential diagnosis skills, models of decision-making and applications of the underpinning sciences to patient conditions. It also provides an overview of the clinically relevant elements of human anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, microbiology, immunology and pathology.

Evidence Based Practice in Healthcare (15 credits)

This module enables you to locate and evaluate evidence underpinning decision-making in healthcare and to develop your skills in critically appraising this evidence.

Applied Pharmacology (15 credits)

This module lays the basis for future prescribing activity and ensures you have a good understanding of common drugs and their effects. 

Personal and Professional Development for Physician Associates (30 credits)

This module runs throughout the two years and your achievement of core clinical competencies, procedural skills and work with specific clinical conditions will be documented. Developmental reviews every three months support the practical learning achieved during this module.

Download a detailed description of the modules (PDF)


Last Updated: Tuesday, 16 June 2015 14:45