University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham

Physician Assistant (Anaesthesia)

This programme is intended for existing health care practitioners or graduates with a science background who wish to work as part of the anaesthetic team. The Physicians' Assistant (Anaesthesia) is a health professional who expands the anaesthetic service and make operating theatres work more efficiently. Students work alongside other members of the anaesthetic team and under the supervision of their anaesthetist.

Entry requirements

Registered health care practitioners (eg, nurses, operating department practitioners) require 1 or both of the following: at least 3 years' full-time, post-qualification work experience in a relevant area, and evidence of recent (within 3 years) and successful academic activity; a 1st degree in a health-related subject. New entrants to health care (graduates or graduate equivalent) require: a biomedical science or biological science background; preferably a 2nd Class Honours degree or better, or other evidence of recent and successful academic activity; a demonstrable commitment to a career in health care.

Course modules

Introduction to clinical practice (1); introduction to clinical practice (2); introduction to anaesthesia; physics in anaesthesia; the anaesthesia machine and monitoring; the heart and circulation; the airways and lungs; the kidneys, liver, endocrine system and blood; the brain and nervous system; clinical history and examination; management of life-threatening emergencies; advanced practice.

Assessment methods

Exams and the mock OSCE. The final OSCE examination takes place at the Royal College of Anaesthetists in London.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PgDip Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,380 per Year 1 (EU) 27 months
PgDip Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,380 per Year 1 (England) 27 months
PgDip Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,380 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 27 months
PgDip Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,380 per Year 1 (Scotland) 27 months
PgDip Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,380 per Year 1 (Wales) 27 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Edgbaston Campus Birmingham B15 2TU West Midlands

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