Briefly about the program Programmas kods: 41 721

Study direction
Health care
Study program
Education level
First level professional higher education
Qualification to be awarded
Physician assistant
Duration of studies and amount of credits
3 years, 120 credit points (180 ECTS)
Type of studies
Full-time studies
Admission requirements
Secondary education

Program structure

General education block:
21 CP (31.5 ECTS)
Specialization courses:
68 CP (102 ECTS)
Elective courses:
3 CP (4.5 ECTS)
Internships (outside educational institutions):
20 CP (30 ECTS)
Development and defense of the qualification thesis:
8 CP (12 ECTS)

Program aims

To train physician assistants as health care specialists who:

  • provide emergency medical care to the sick (victims) in life-threatening and critical conditions at the pre-hospital stage and in inpatient (emergency) wards;
  • can work independently and in collaboration with a doctor; diagnose, treat, independently use and prescribe medications, including highly effective ones, diagnose death, provide ongoing medical care and prevention to patients of both sexes and all ages at all three levels of health care (primary, secondary, tertiary) in collaboration with a doctor;
  • organize and manage their own and their colleagues' workload; educate patients, members of the public and team members; promote the development of their profession; continuously enhance their knowledge and skills;
  • are motivated to continue their education in their specialty.

Program objectives

To attain the aims of the study program, the College has identified the following key objectives:

  1. to ensure the implementation of a high-quality study process;
  2. to ensure the acquisition of the study program in accordance with the 4th professional qualification level of the professional standard of the medical assistant and with the requirements of employers;
  3. to provide knowledge and develop skills in health care and legislation;
  4. to provide knowledge and develop skills in research activities and application of management principles;
  5. to develop and enhance students' creative abilities and skills to effectively act in extreme situations;
  6. to develop students' skills in medical treatment, acute situations and chronic health disorders;
  7. to develop and enhance students' skills in performing medical manipulations in primary health care institutions;
  8. to develop and enhance students' skills in performing surgical manipulations in the EMS service and at admission departments;
  9. to give an opportunity to master writing of medical documentation in the EMS, outpatient service, NAF (National Armed Forces) Medical Service;
  10. to give an opportunity to acquire skills to organize and manage own and colleagues' workload in primary health care institutions, addmission departments and to motivate to participate in the organization of EMS activities;
  11. while implementating the study program to emphasize the preventive direction and to continuously renew the study content and research activities.

Profession contents

Professional standard for the physician assistant:

Career opportunities

  • Emergency medical services
  • Family doctor’s practice
  • Clinic admissions and operating rooms
  • NAF medical service

Opportunities for continuing education

  • Continuing education for certification
  • Specialization in the EMS or outpatient service
  • Specialization in the NAF medical service

Contact information

Inese Indrāne

Acting Head of Treatment and Pharmacy Department