Shadowing and Healthcare Experience Requirements for Various PA Schools

Shadowing and Healthcare Experience Requirements for Various PA Schools

Look No Further. Get Started Today. 888-839-9997 info@admissionshelpers.com 20 Minutes Free Consultation PA School Shadowing and Direct Patient Care Experience Requirements   Patient care experience and PA shadowing are two important components of a PA school application. Many PA schools require and others highly recommend¬† that applicants gain direct patient care experience and shadow a PA before applying or matriculating into PA school. By working in the healthcare setting in a capacity that involves interacting with patients,¬† applicants can gain a better understanding of what being a PA involves and make a more informed decision about entering this profession.¬† PA shadowing is also a great opportunity to learn more about the PA profession and confirm that you are interested in the PA field. The requirements for patient care experience and shadowing can vary greatly from school to school. It is a good idea for applicants to research the programs they are interested in and ensure they fulfill each school’s patient care and shadowing requirements. Some programs may not require any direct patient care experience while others require more than a thousand hours. Similarly, some programs would not consider an application complete if the applicant has not shadowed a PA while others would. When it comes to clinical experiences working with patients, CASPA categorizes these into two broad areas: patient care experience and healthcare experience. According to CASPA, patient care experience is a type of activity where the individual is directly involved in providing care for patients while healthcare experience is an activity in which you are interacting with patients but not responsible for their care. When completing the CASPA...