Physician associate apprenticeship

Work alongside registered doctors providing medical care as an integral part of a wider healthcare team

Physician associates are healthcare professionals who work alongside registered doctors and provide medical care as an integral part of a wider healthcare team. As a dependent practitioner, you must work with a dedicated medical supervisor, but are also able to work autonomously with appropriate support. You’ll mainly work within GP surgeries, A&E departments, care homes and hospitals. During the physician associate apprenticeship, you’ll be medically trained to provide all aspects of healthcare to patients, including consultation, assessment, treatment and management of their health care. You’ll take medical histories of patients, perform physical examinations, request and interpret investigations, diagnose and manage patients, and perform an extensive range of specialised procedural skills within their scope of practice. On completion, you’ll gain a diploma or MSc recognised by the Royal College of Physicians, Faculty of Physician Associates.


Duration: 30 months

Relevant school subjects: Science

Entry requirements for the physician associate apprenticeship: Typically, a bioscience-related first degree or already a Nursing and Midwifery Council-registered nurse or midwife, or a Health and Care Professions Council-registered allied healthcare professional

Achievement upon completion: Level 7 (Degree)—equivalent to a master’s degree

Potential salary upon completion: £40,000

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