Quick Health Care Experience for PA School?

Dear Paul, I am currently completing my junior year of undergrad as a Biology major and I’m psyched about becoming a Physician Assistant.  The trouble is, after looking at the requirements, it seems that every school wants to see something like 1000 hours of health care experience.  Some schools even want 3000 hours!  You see, I have none.  What is the quickest way to get 1000 hours?  I want to have things ready so I can start PA school in the fall after I graduate.  Any advice?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             –Rebecca Dear Rebecca: First, let me say that I’m psyched that you’re psyched about it – your enthusiasm will take you far.  Some variation of your question has been asked of me many times – enough times that it’s the topic of today’s post.  The answer to “How do I get health care experience for PA school quickly?” is very important to PA school applicant success. […]

What is the Best Health Care Experience For PA School?

Getting good health care experience (HCE) is crucial to getting into PA school and to one day becoming a solid PA. What’s the best form of health care experience (HCE) if you want to get into Physician Assistant School?  To answer this question, you need to know a little history… […]

PAI 06: Health Care Experience – Part I

Today's episode of the podcast covers a frequently asked about topic: what makes good health care experience (HCE) for applying to PA school?Here I go over what to look for in any activity you are planning on participating in for health care experience.  What makes good HCE?  What types of HCE are best?  Which types [...]

PA School Application Tip #4: Get Great Health Care Experience

After your grades, the most important aspect of your pa school application is your health care experience. PA school is a relatively brief two years.  In that time you need to learn so many things – physiology, disease processes, pharmacology, behavioral health, health care policy, and so much more.  The only way you can learn it in such a short span is if you already know something about medicine when you start. […]