Types of Experiences Required by PA Schools:
PA schools expect you to describe X number of hours of experiences on the application for admission. For example, for Towson/CCBC's program, you must list a minimum of 800 documented hours of Patient contact or medical/health related experience. Here are Experience Areas listed on the PA Application Service website:
Patient Care Experience
Experiences in which you are directly responsible for a patient’s care; for example: prescribing medication, performing procedures, directing a course of treatment, working on patients as an active nurse or EMT, etc.
Health Care Experience
Both paid and unpaid work in the health or a health-related field where you are not directly responsible for a patient’s care; for example, filling prescriptions, performing clerical work, delivering patient food, cleaning patient rooms, working as a scribe or hospital volunteer, etc.
Paid work done outside of the health care field; for example: a retail or restaurant job.
Time spent officially following and observing a health care professional at work, preferably a physician assistant.
Research projects done in addition to classroom work; research should NOT appear as credit on a school transcript.
Volunteer work done outside of the health care field; for example, working for Habitat for Humanity, tutoring students, participating in or working for a fundraiser walk or blood drive, etc.