Physician Associate Studies

Physician associates

Your future

While all physician associate (PA) students hold a foundation degree in health science or a science-related area, they come from a diverse range of backgrounds.

Some have previously worked in healthcare, others are from a purely academic background, and all find life as a PA student equal parts demanding and fulfilling.

If you’re interested in a career as a PA and playing a central role in patient care, read, listen and watch some of our current students and graduates stories below and find out first-hand about day-to-day life as a PA.

Watch our open event:

ur latest online open event in which programme faculty and current students talked about day-to-day life as a physician associate. Watch the video back here.

Listen to The Physician Associate Podcast:

Learn all about PA training in Ireland, the history of the profession and some of the similarities with PAs in the UK here.

Discover the positive impact of physician associates in Irish healthcare:

Watch the video

Ciara Melia

"... I had previously been working as a medical secretary. I really enjoyed the patient interaction but felt I wanted to be more involved in patient care ..."

Kyra O'Dwyer

"I have always been interested in caring for people and I knew I wanted to join a medical profession. The physician associate role is perfect for me."

Kellie Nwaokorie

"To be truly successful as a PA student you have to be willing to put in the work, be dedicated, diligent and always ready to learn.”

Alex Troy

"I really loved interacting with different patients from different backgrounds when I was out on placement [as part of the programme] ... I'm grateful for my job as a physician associate, every day is different."