Healthcare Science Assistant and Associate

Healthcare science assistants and associates make a difference to patients' lives by supporting assessment and diagnosis of disease and illness. Some will work in laboratories but others will work directly with patients every day.


Healthcare science assistants work towards vocational qualifications, often apprenticeships are used as a training route. Healthcare science associates are commonly trained through a higher level apprenticeship, foundation degree or diploma. Many organisations are familiar with developing their wider support workforce using these education routes and already have arrangements in place. Through MSC a national learning and development framework has been developed, once implemented the modular framework will provide a national learning structure for assistants and associates with vocational awards and qualifications.

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Last updated on 15th February 2024