This is an intensive two-year clinical course open to applicants with a first-degree in a health or science related subject. This course prepares you to work as a Physician Associate (PA) in the NHS.
PAs are healthcare professionals who work to a medical model alongside doctors in hospitals or GP surgeries. This course will prepare you to take a medical history, examine patients, diagnose common problems, perform procedures, and recommend treatment. For more information about PAs, please see the Faculty of Physician Associate website.
The Department of Health is committed to increasing the number of PAs in the NHS, particularly in general practice. In Dorset there is a real need for additional healthcare staff in all of the acute hospitals and in GP surgeries. It is expected that PAs will be part of the solution to this workforce shortage, so employment is highly likely following successful completion of this course. A typical starting salary for PAs is over £30,000.
To be eligible for the postgraduate loan and Academic Excellence Scholarship, you must enrol onto the full MSc route.
Next start date:
Bournemouth University, Lansdowne Campus
PG Dip and MSc: 2 years full-time
Health or Science subject
For 2019 entry: A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:1 or equivalent in a required subject. Applicants holding a 2:2 may be considered on an individual basis provided they have evidence of relevant, recent clinical experience.