What is a Physician Associate?

A Physician Associate is a member of the allied clinical team, they are trained like a Doctor in an intense two year masters degree, where they provide continuity of care, supporting Doctors in clinical practice under the direction of a Doctor. A Physician Associate will undertake similar tasks to a Doctor including examination, diagnosis and management of patients. A Physician Associate will tend to be a generalist and could therefore spend their career across a variety of specialisms in hospital or general practice.

Our Student Stories

Rabhia Khan
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"The clinical skills sessions on Friday are such fun, we learn everything from how to inject anesthesia (into oranges!) and suture incisions to learning the cardinal signs for someone in heart failure and the appropriate examination to take. Everyone on the cohort is so friendly and it honestly as cliché as it may sound, it feels like one big family, we run regular revision sessions to help each other out. Placement is also really great, the buzz of working in a hospital or general practice and seeing your own patients with the clinical supervision and support makes you feel as if you are already qualified and working as a PA."

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What does Physician Associate Studies cover?

Physician Associate Studies MPAS covers many of the topics in Medicine and focuses on the areas and skills necessary to support Doctors in Clinical decision making which are reflected in the key role a Physician Associate plays in a clinical team. Throughout the two year MPAS you can expect to cover a range of topics from; Clinical Skills, Healthcare Law, Research and Evidenced based practice, Violence and Aggression and Public Health and Life Long learning skills vital to maintaining a strong clinical skills set throughout your career. 

Want to know more?

We have so much more we want to share with you, why not visit our Physician Associate course page, for a more detailed look at the course, entry requirements and how you will be taught.

Want to find out More about Swansea

Feeling inspired to train for a career in the NHS? Take the time to explore our campus from the comfort of your own home using our virtual tour, talk to some of our current students about what it is like studying at Swansea and make sure you register for our next Open Day where you can experience Swansea, our community and our courses in person.