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Physician Associate postgraduate diploma – University of Reading

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    Excellent career prospects from a course created for your future

Physician Associate postgraduate diploma

The Reading Physician Associate Programme has been developed in partnership with local NHS groups in response to the growing demand for this professional role in the NHS.

With our partners the Royal Berkshire Hospital and the Berkshire Healthcare Trust, and with the collaboration of local clinical commissioning groups, we are committed to providing our students with intensive evidence-based academic knowledge coupled with the hands-on workplace training that is required for this important role in the NHS.

Our open evenings are scheduled for 17 Jan and 12 March 2018. Email to book your place. At these events, you can meet staff, current students and our NHS partners, and find out more about the Physician Associate programme.

Applications will be open from 8 January to 11 May 2018.

Created with your future in mind

Qualified Physician Associates are in high demand across the country. We are proud that our first graduating cohort are already working as PAs across the country, with five working at the Royal Berkshire Hospital.

How you learn

Our programme is an intensive two years of evidence-based teaching in our dedicated state-of-the-art clinical teaching facilities, combined with hands-on workplace training in primary and secondary healthcare settings with our NHS partners.

All of our teaching staff are medically trained and many of our lectures are delivered by clinicians from our partners at Royal Berkshire Hospital and the Berkshire Healthcare Trust, ensuring that you are taught the most up-to-date content by people who have on-the-ground experience.

You will learn how to take medical histories, perform physical examinations, diagnose illnesses, request and analyse test results, and develop treatment and management plans.


In the past our students have had their tuition funded by HEETV. We will know if this is the case for our 2018 intake in the spring of 2018.

Apply for the Physician Associate postgraduate diploma

You can find out more about the entry requirements, fees and financial support, and how to apply on our course listing page.

Further information on being a Physician Associate can be found on the NHS Careers Website, and with the Faculty of Physician Associates,

 A Physician Associate (PA) is a trained healthcare professional who works as a member of a medical team under the supervision of a doctor or surgeon in GP practices, community health services, and all types of hospital care.

PAs support doctors in the diagnosis and management of patients, and are trained to perform a number of roles including:

  • Taking medical histories
  • Performing examinations
  • Diagnosing illnesses
  • Analysing test results
  • Developing management plans

Further information on being a Physician Associate can be found on the NHS Careers Website, and with the Faculty of Physician Associates.

Excellent career opportunities

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