The integrated Master of Physician Associate Studies provides an exciting opportunity for undergraduates to become healthcare professionals, combining university study with practical work-based placements. 50% of the final two years of the programme is spent in clinical environments. Physician Associates (PA) provide care to patients under the supervision of a Consultant or General Practitioner. Their role includes interviewing and examining patients, ordering tests and making decisions about patient management. This role is an exciting alternative to studying medicine and becoming a doctor. Our course will provide you with a solid foundation of scientific and clinical skills, and the opportunity to build on and use these through a variety of clinical placements in Lancashire and/or Cumbria. All of our course content is in line with the requirements of the Physician Associate Competence and Curriculum framework (2012) laid out by the Royal College of Physicians Faculty of Physician Associates. Our programme teaches the fundamentals of medical sciences in interactive small groups practical sessions and lectures. These are supported by case based learning, providing an opportunity for you to consolidate and contextualise your knowledge. From the start of the course clinical and communication skills are taught using our state of the art facilities, volunteer patients and simulated role players. During the first two years of the programme, you will be learning alongside students who are enrolled onto the MBBS programme. The final two years will employ a spiral curriculum principle to enable continuation of developing confident and competent students to begin their career in the healthcare arena. Outside of the classroom environment, the provision of clinical placements includes a full spectrum of opportunities: urban & rural, specialised hospital & general practice; single-handed or multi-disciplinary. Teamwork is essential for every PA and these placements will enable working with a variety of groups whilst under the supervision of medical colleagues. The geographical location of UCLan is ideal to enable this amazing combination of clinical opportunities, of which we are very proud. All applications must be accompanied by an academic reference. As part of the application process, candidates who successfully pass the initial selection panel will be invited to interview. You will be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB) and we will guide you through this process All successful applicants will need to undergo occupational health screening (including tuberculosis, hepatitis B and C and HIV) prior to enrolment.