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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. It is important to check with the schools you plan to attend for specific patient care requirements.

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 EMT, etc.

Other Health Care Experience

You are working in the health or a health-related field but are not 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

Time spent officially following and observing a health care professional at work.
Community Service
Volunteer work done outside of the health care field; for example, working for Habitat for Humanity, tutoring children, participating in or working for a fundraiser walk or blood drive, etc.