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Clinical experience can be on a paid or volunteer basis. Many schools require a minimum amount of direct hands on patient care, from around 2000-4000 hours. Some schools require that the experience be in a paid position. It is important to check with the schools you plan to attend for specific patient care requirements.

Patient Care Experience

Patient care experiences is experience in which you are directly responsible for a patient’s care. Performing procedures, directing a course of treatment, working on patients as an active EMT are all examples of patient care experience.

Other Health Care Experience

Other health care experience includes working in a health-related field but not being directly responsible for a patient’s care: for example, filling prescriptions, performing clerical work, delivering patient food, cleaning patient rooms, working as “candy-striper” or hospital volunteer, etc.

Health Care Shadowing

Health care shadowing is time spent officially following and observing a health care professional at work.

Community Service

Community Service is volunteer work done outside of the health care field. This includes volunteer work for such things as working for Habitat for Humanity, tutoring children, participating in or working for a fundraiser walk or blood drive, etc. There are many ways to volunteer. Volunteer for something you are passionate about.