The modular structure for Year 1 comprises two modules delivered by Swansea University Medical School and three modules delivered by the College of Human and Health Science (CHHS). The knowledge based module (Foundations in Clinical Medicine for Physician Associates) will be assessed by two summative Progress Tests. The “Physician Associate Clinical Skills” module will be assessed by Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE's). The CHHS modules are “An introduction to Sociology and Psychology for Physician Associates” ( 10 credits), “An introduction to Health Care Law and Ethics for Physician Associates” ( 10 credits) and “An introduction to Research, Evidence based practice and Reflection for Physician Associates” (SHHM55 20 credits). The CHHS modules will be assessed by a combination of essays and a presentation.
The modular structure for Year 2 contains two 40 credit modules delivered by SUMS. The “Foundations in Clinical Medicine” module will be assessed by two summative Progress Tests. The “Clinical Skills” module will be assessed by two OSCE's as well as workplace based assessments (Mini-CEX) and satisfactory completion of the learning log. The CHHS Year 2 module (SHHM 25) is entitled ” Public Health and Lifelong Learning (40 credits). This is assessed by a combination of an essay, a presentation and a reflective portfolio.
The module credits for SHHM 55 (taught in Year 1) and SHHM 25 (taught in Year 2) combine to provide the 60 credits that form the equivalent of the MSc extended study.
The course is designed so that all examinations and assessments, including supplementary assesments, will be concluded in time for students to sit the National Certification Examination for Physician Associates in late August/early September of the year in which they complete their studies.
The PA programme is currently supported through Welsh Government bursary (see further details under “Funded Places for 2019 entry”). At this time, we are unable to offer places for self-funding students.