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Physician Associate


Physician associates support doctors in the diagnosis and management of patients.

You will be a graduate who has undertaken postgraduate training and you will work under the supervision of a doctor. You will be trained to perform a number of day-to-day tasks including taking medical histories from patients, performing physical examinations, diagnosing illnesses, seeing patients with long-term chronic conditions, performing diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, analysing test results, developing management plans, provide health promotion and disease prevention advice for patients.

Most physician associates currently work in general practice, acute (internal) medicine and emergency medicine.


You will need:

  • knowledge of medicine
  • knowledge of biology
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • the ability to understand people’s reactions
  • active listening skills
  • to be thorough/pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently


You will usually need 3 A levels, or equivalent, including at least 1 science and a bioscience-related first degree to get onto one of the training programmes available.  Undergraduate integrated Master of Physician Associate Studies programmes are now available and these courses require A-levels or equivalent for entry.

Alternatively, if you are a registered healthcare professional such as a nurse, allied health professional or midwife you can also apply to become a physician associate.

There is also a level 7 apprenticeship for physician associates. Apprenticeships give you the chance to earn a living while gaining your qualification.

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