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The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Clinical experience

Each applicant must complete a minimum of 1,000 hours of clinical experience to qualify for application to the physician assistant studies program. Certain types of clinical experience are more highly valued by the program than others. Broader experience with a variety of patients across the lifespan in a variety of situations and settings is considered stronger experience than narrowly focused technical experience.

Experience working in back- office medical records departments or other experiences with no patient contact is not acceptable.

A minimum of 1,000 hours, paid or volunteer, of (hands-on) patient-care experience is required. Examples of positions that provide this experience include:

• Certified nursing assistant (CNA)
• Licensed vocational nurse (LVN)
• Registered nurse (RN)
• Chiropractor
• International medical graduate (IMG)
• Dietitian or nutritionist
• Psychiatrist
• Patient advocate
• Phlebotomist
• Dental assistants or dentist
• Paramedic or emergency medical technician (EMT)
• Health service specialist (Planned Parenthood)
• Home health and personal care aide
• Hospital unit secretary coordinator (HUSC)
• Occupational therapist (OT)
• Physical therapist (PT)
• Respiratory therapist (RT)
• Speech therapist (ST)
• Medical assistant (MA)
• Clinical assistants
• Clinical lab scientist/medical technologist
• Physical therapy aid
• Physician’s aid
• Pharmacy technician
• EKG, radiology or X-Ray technician
• Hemodialysis technician
• Scribe
• Shadowing (MD, NP, PA, RN, paramedic, etc.)