Swansea University’s Medical School is offering a unique course in Wales which aims to transform the way healthcare is delivered.

The Post Graduate Diploma in Physician Associate Studies is one of the first courses of its kind in Wales. This new course has been developed as a collaborative venture between Swansea University Medical School and the College of Human and Health Science through the ARCH partnership.

It is an integrated two-year course which will teach students the knowledge and clinical skills they require to pass the National Certification Examination and start work as a Physician’s Associate. There are 15 funded places available for this course.

Students will spend the majority of year one undertaking university-based theory and practical sessions with some early clinical exposure to the working environment of the NHS. Teaching will be divided into four-week blocks according to body systems and Anatomy and Clinical Skills teaching will be integrated into this structure. Teaching will be case-based and will involve a combination of lectures, seminars, project work and small group learning.

During year two, students  will mainly take up clinical placements, with students applying their learning in the care of real patients under the supervision of a clinically qualified mentor. Students will be provided with the opportunities to: seek out and recognise the clinical applications of their theoretical learning; apply learning within the practice setting; reflect on practice to identify their individual learning needs; develop clinical reasoning skills;. develop a range of practical skills;. recognise, in practice, those principles, assumptions, beliefs and theories which shape that practice; work effectively with patients and where appropriate with carers; and, work within a clear understanding of the limitations of their knowledge and skills.


Closing date for applications is June 19. Competition is anticipated to be high for this innovative course with only 15 places available for 2016/17. All applications should be made directly to: PA.admissions@swansea.ac.uk by means of a Curriculum Vitae and covering letter. 

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