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Physician Associate Studies

Do you want to join one of the world's fastest growing healthcare professions?

The physician associate (PA) role has grown rapidly internationally, with PAs fast becoming one of the most sought after healthcare professionals.

A PA works as a member of a medical team under the supervision of a doctor or surgeon in a wide variety of workplaces (including all types of hospital and surgical care, GP practices and community health services).

PAs are highly skilled healthcare professionals who provide a broad range of medical services. PAs support doctors in the diagnosis and management of patients and are trained to perform a number of roles including taking medical histories, performing examinations, making diagnoses and analysing test results.

Find out more about the role of the PA in the healthcare system.

Is Physician Associate Studies for you?

Yes – if you are a graduate of the health sciences or your career is already in healthcare and you want to pursue a career that offers you the opportunity to provide patient-focused care in a wide variety of healthcare settings.

Key features of the course

An intensive, demanding, fast-paced two-year course

Quality clinical placements from year one

Teaching delivered by experienced international PA educators and Medical School faculty

One-to-one mentoring

Why Physician Associate Studies at RCSI?

Ireland's largest medical school

Shaped and delivered by PA clinicians with over 35 years' experience of this career

Mentorship by qualified PA clinicians in clinical practice areas

Access to clinical specialties across hospitals and communities

Access to simulation facilities as part of the new RCSI Academic and Education Building

Be part of this new and rapidly growing profession and follow a career path which has already had proven international success in countries including the US (there are over 110,000 Physician Associates practicing there), Canada, the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Germany.


2 years full-time

Further enquiries

If you are interested in the programme and would like to find out more, call +353 1 402 2282 or email

Subjects taught

This full-time level 9 Masters (two years) has a balance of theory and practice so that your focus is on the patient from day one. The programme will be an RCSI/NUI award.

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