Direct Clinical Patient Care Experience

Minimum 1,000 hours (six months of full time or twelve months of part time, paid or volunteer)


A minimum of 1,000 hours of direct (hands-on) patient care/health care experience in a position of responsibility is required of all applicants.

Shadow experience with a Physician Assistant may count towards the requirement, but will not fulfill the requirement completely.

The method to document this experience is through the CASPA online application. Please note: The Admissions Committee will consider the total number of hours accumulated, "at the time" you submit your CASPA application. No consideration will be given to hours projected for the future.

If you have questions regarding your hours, please contact Leah Baldwin at