Loyola University Chicago

Pre-Health Professions

Career Services

Clinical Experience

PA schools often require a significant (i.e. 1,500+) number of clinical hours as a pre-requisite.  Because the accepted experiences for these hours differ from those accepted at many medical schools, we have provided a list of clinical experiences that are typically accepted by PA schools: 

  • Nursing Assistant (CNA)
  • Paramedic/EMT
  • Medical Assistant
  • Radiology Tech
  • Military Medic/Corpsman/Tech   

Some experiences typically NOT accepted by PA schools are:

  • Shadowing
  • Volunteering in a hospital, clinic, etc.

Please keep in mind all health professional schools have different requirements and recommendations.  We suggest students research the specific requirements of schools they are interested in and speak with a Pre-Health advisor.