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I would like to hear from qualified assistant physicians, students or anyone who knows someone please. I am a qualified adult nurse, I am considering applying for this course but I am unsure I believe it's intense any input will be appreciated thanks.
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I teach PA students and work with PAs. What specific answers do you need answering?


Here are some threads for you to read through in the meantime (for future reference, it may be better posting in them as long as it's not an old thread!)

General PA chat: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=3874379

PA 2019 Entry: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=5568412

PA 1st year student ask me anything: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=5632294 (consider sending the OP a message?)

Barts PA 2017 Entry: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=4386074 (locked, again consider sending the posters messages? They would be PAs by now)
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I teach PA students and work with PAs. What specific answers do you need answering?

Thanks for replying. I believe the course is intense so I am wondering how much work I would have to do to pass it with my nursing degree study experience. I understand there is exam at the end of the course as well. Have you got a sample of the course lay out by any chance please? Thanks.



General PA chat: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=3874379

PA 2019 Entry: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=5568412

PA 1st year student ask me anything: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=5632294 (consider sending the OP a message?)

Barts PA 2017 Entry: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=4386074 (locked, again consider sending the posters messages? They would be PAs by now)
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(Original post by Mimi2014)
...Thanks for replying. I believe the course is intense so I am wondering how much work I would have to do to pass it with my nursing degree study experience. I understand there is exam at the end of the course as well. Have you got a sample of the course lay out by any chance please? Thanks....
Nearly missed your reply! If you couldn't quote my post for whatever reason, just type in ecolier

Have a look at (a random Uni's) PA brochure, for example HYMS:
https://www.hyms.ac.uk/assets/docs/p...s-brochure.pdf
https://www.hyms.ac.uk/postgraduate-...ociate-studies

It is intense because effectively you are learning what the medical students do (clinical block + some theory) in 2 years.

Generally speaking, the PA students do a lot more self-directed and out of hours studying / practising / going round the wards compared to medical students - coming in weekends and nights on their own accord (not timetabled).

There is a PA exam, run by the RCP. https://www.fparcp.co.uk/examination...l-examinations
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(Original post by Mimi2014)
I would like to hear from qualified assistant physicians, students or anyone who knows someone please. I am a qualified adult nurse, I am considering applying for this course but I am unsure I believe it's intense any input will be appreciated thanks.
Are you referring to Physician Associate or Physician Assistant (anaesthesia) ??
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Hello ecolier,

Not sure if this thread is still open though seeking advice re: pre-requisite knowledge of the biomedical sciences for the PA course. I completed a general science degree with the Open University many years ago and a Psychology Masters more recently. I studied some cell biology/human biology/neuroscience though I think my biomedical science knowledge is insufficient to get a place/successfully complete the course.
I wondered from your perspective, how much knowledge is assumed when starting the course? I suspect a great deal though when I have contacted universities some have said it is worth applying as my experience combined with qualifications may be sufficient so I am little uncertain.

Many thanks.




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Nearly missed your reply! If you couldn't quote my post for whatever reason, just type in ecolier

Have a look at (a random Uni's) PA brochure, for example HYMS:
https://www.hyms.ac.uk/assets/docs/p...s-brochure.pdf
https://www.hyms.ac.uk/postgraduate-...ociate-studies

It is intense because effectively you are learning what the medical students do (clinical block + some theory) in 2 years.

Generally speaking, the PA students do a lot more self-directed and out of hours studying / practising / going round the wards compared to medical students - coming in weekends and nights on their own accord (not timetabled).

There is a PA exam, run by the RCP. https://www.fparcp.co.uk/examination...l-examinations
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Hello ecolier,

Not sure if this thread is still open though seeking advice re: pre-requisite knowledge of the biomedical sciences for the PA course.
Yes definitely still open.

I completed a general science degree with the Open University many years ago and a Psychology Masters more recently. I studied some cell biology/human biology/neuroscience though I think my biomedical science knowledge is insufficient to get a place/successfully complete the course
Well as long as you meet the entry requirements, you'll get an interview for sure!


I wondered from your perspective, how much knowledge is assumed when starting the course?
Not a lot at all. Remember that the role of a PA is very practical, and the background of students very diverse. Therefore it is expected that most students will have a basic science knowledge, and that's probably it!

In our Uni, the students are literally asked to go the wards within a few weeks of starting the course - so remember that it is very hands-on. There are lectures but the majority of your time will be spent in the wards, hospitals and GP surgeries.

I suspect a great deal though when I have contacted universities some have said it is worth applying as my experience combined with qualifications may be sufficient so I am little uncertain.

Many thanks.
You really should apply! If you can, see if you can speak to current PA students and ask for their advice. I have taught PA students in a clinical capacity but not in the Unis, so can't speak much of the theoretical stuff that they learn. If it is possible, see if there is any work experience that you can obtain - it would be very useful in helping you make a choice.
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Thank you very much for the reply, this is extremely useful information. I have been looking at doing a few free online courses with Future Learn and even some distance learning modules that come at a quite a fee but I think it would may be worth it to boost my confidence.
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Yes definitely still open.



Well as long as you meet the entry requirements, you'll get an interview for sure!




Not a lot at all. Remember that the role of a PA is very practical, and the background of students very diverse. Therefore it is expected that most students will have a basic science knowledge, and that's probably it!

In our Uni, the students are literally asked to go the wards within a few weeks of starting the course - so remember that it is very hands-on. There are lectures but the majority of your time will be spent in the wards, hospitals and GP surgeries.



You really should apply! If you can, see if you can speak to current PA students and ask for their advice. I have taught PA students in a clinical capacity but not in the Unis, so can't speak much of the theoretical stuff that they learn. If it is possible, see if there is any work experience that you can obtain - it would be very useful in helping you make a choice.
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