Although most PA schools require clinical hours to be paid, hands-on clinical work, volunteer work is always encouraged and are great resume building experiences. Some schools may accept volunteer work for clinical hours, so it is important to check with the schools you plan to apply to 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 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.