The course is assessed using Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE) and Knowledge tests at the end of each year. The latter consist of 120/240 Single Best Answer Questions for Years 1 and 2 respectively, and the OSCEs will adopt a typical multi-station approach. These tests are conducted as ‘Pass/Fail’ assessments; with a resit period available should any student fail their initial attempt. As part of the Clinical Practice – Foundation module, a number of clinical practice placements in local NHS CCGs affiliated with BSMS will be completed by the individual throughout the year.
In order to achieve accredited PA status, students will also be required to pass the Physician Associate National Examinations. These take place in January, March and September each year.
MDM151 Biomedical and Clinical Science for PA (30 credits)
MDM152 Case-based learning for PA (Foundation) (45 credits)
MDM153 Clinical Practice for PA (Foundation) (45 credits)
MDM154 Case-based learning for PA (45 credits)
MDM155 Clinical Practice for PA (Senior) (60 credits)
MDM156 Preparation for Practice (15 credits)