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Physician Associate

Anglia Ruskin University

24 months
10500 GBP/year
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The Physician Associate course at Anglia Ruskin University will train you in a wide range of clinical skills vital to the diagnosis, treatment and care of patients in primary and secondary care. Physician Associates are in demand because of a shortfall in the number of doctors. 

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Key facts

As a Physician Associate, you’ll fill an important clinical role. You’ll be able to take a patient’s history, perform physical examinations and request and interpret diagnostic test results. You’ll be able to diagnose illnesses; develop treatment and management plans; perform therapeutic procedures; and undertake patient education, counselling and health promotion. From year one you’ll undertake integrated primary care placements in GP surgeries. In year two you’ll be on placement for the entire year as well as producing a Quality Improvement Plan for the NHS.

The Physician Associate course at Anglia Ruskin University will help you develop a critical understanding of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems, musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal and neurological systems, haematology, paediatrics and more. Your learning will consider children, adults and elderly care and include an appreciation of the applied pharmacology of disease, patient considerations and management of the associated diseases.


The UK Physician Associate scheme builds on 60 years’ proven success of a similar system in the USA. Physician Associates fill an emerging and increasingly important role in the UK, not least because they help to mitigate the UK shortfall in medics as well as contributing to the general efficiency of improving health care delivery for all NHS patients.

There are increasing opportunities for employment in the NHS primary and acute healthcare service sector across the East of England. Graduate Physician Associates are frequently appointed to roles in general practice, cardiology, neurosurgery and other specialties.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Medical Practice & Patient Care 
  • Policy, Practice & Governance
  • Primary Care Practice
  • Quality Improvement in the NHS
  • Medical Practice in Primary & Secondary Care

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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It can take up to four weeks to consider applications, so we recommend you apply at least a month before your preferred start date.


180 alternative credits


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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A first degree in life sciences (such as human biology, biochemistry, medical science or allied health degree) with at least a 2:1 classification or an equivalent qualification.
  • Health experience in a clinical setting is preferred.
  • An Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) disclosure will also be required.
  • A satisfactory Occupational Health clearance will also be required.

Tuition Fee

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    10500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10500 GBP per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Chelmsford

660 - 1140 GBP /month
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