Medical Administration PDA

Course code 91NP

What is special about this course?

This professional development award is aimed at those either already working in a medical administration role or with administrative experience and aims to further develop knowledge and experience gained from the workplace.

This award will develop the competencies required to carry out administrative roles, at intermediate / senior level, within medical administration posts meeting the needs of both private and public sector organisations.

Entry requirements

  • Communication and ICT Core Skills at level 5 minimum
  • Experience in an administrative role
  • You will attend an interview, either face-to-face or by telephone

Year 1 - PDA

Mandatory units are:

  • IT in business - word processing and presentation applications (2 HN credits)
  • Medical terminology for administration staff (2 HN credits)
  • Hospital patient administration (1 HN credit) and/or GP medical administration (1 HN credit)

You will also choose three option units which may include:

  • Legal protection of NHS Scotland patient data (1 HN credit)
  • Creating a culture of customer care (1 HN credit)
  • IT in business - spreadsheets (1 HN credit)
  • IT in business - databases (1 HN credit)
  • Work placement (1 HN credit) or Employment experience 1 (1 HN credit)

How will I study my course?

  • Part time (unstructured)

You will study through a combination of face-to-face lectures in the classroom and online learning via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE).

How long will my course last?

Duration is flexible. Each units is approximately 40 hours of study.

Where can I study my course?

  • Moray
  • North, West and Hebrides - Stornoway campus (not available to study in 2024/25)

Start date

  • September
  • January (UHI North, West and Hebrides only)


For information on costs for this course please contact the campus where you wish to study.


External scholarships and financial support, such as an Individual Training Account, may be available. Please contact the relevant UHI partner for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Administration role in GP practice, hospital or business.

Can I progress into further study?

You can progress from the PDA award to complete the full HNC Administration and Information Management

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for Medical Administration PDA

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2024

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands. We operate a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.