Physician Associate


On a physician associate apprenticeship course, you will help collaborate closely with registered doctors to deliver medical care.

Whilst on the apprenticeship course, you will undergo extensive medical training to provide comprehensive healthcare services to patients, encompassing consultations, assessments, treatments, and healthcare management.

After completing the apprenticeship course, you will be capable of conducting medical history assessments, performing physical examinations, ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests, making diagnoses, managing patients, and executing a wide range of specialised procedural skills within your `defined scope of practice.

What you’ll learn

On a physician associate apprenticeship course, you’ll learn:

  • Industry standards, regulations, and legislative guidelines pertaining to mortuary procedures and governance
  • Organisational policies, protocols, standard operating procedures, and the utilisation of systems and applications
  • To determine appropriate stock levels for consumables and sundries based on the scope of practice
  • To identify and prevent further deterioration and decomposition of the deceased, as well as the protocol for escalating issues
  • To assess risks and implement controls for chemical exposure
  • Navigate the organisation’s databases and systems for recording the deceased’s journey and care information

Entry requirements

You’ll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship.

Assessment methods

The programme is assessed in various ways before completing the End Point Assessment including examination papers (x2) and clinical examination stations.

Restrictions and requirements

  • Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the end-point assessment.

Duration, level, subjects and potential salary upon completion

  • Duration: 30 months
  • Relevant school subjects: Science
  • Potential salary upon completion: £35,000

Apprenticeship standard

More information about the Level 7 Physician Associate standard can be found here.

Apprenticeship end point assessment

For more information about the End Point Assessment Process, please read the Institute of Apprenticeships’ information page.


Updated on January 20, 2024

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