Clinical Prerequisites

Applicants must have no less than two (2) years of paid, recent, full-time equivalent, hands-on experience in the direct delivery of medical care to patients (4,000 hours) by the October 1st deadline to be eligible to apply in the current admission cycle.

Common, competitive, direct patient care experience includes the following:

  • Military (medic, corpsman, pararescueman, etc.)
  • Emergency medicine (EMT, paramedic, emergency department technician, etc.)
  • Nursing (registered nurse, license practical nurse, certified nursing assistant, etc.)
  • Medical assistant
  • Community health aide/practitioner (CHA/CHP)

Other acceptable allied health experience includes:

  • Mental health practitioner
  • International medical graduates
  • Laboratory/medical technician
  • Radiology technician
  • Clinical research
  • Chiropractor
  • Massage therapy
  • Emergency room or clinical scribe.

While these allied health fields may meet the clinical prerequisite, they are also considered fairly specialized.

The positions that are NOT considered direct patient care and will not fulfill the MEDEX clinical prerequisite include:

  • Medical billing
  • Medical records
  • Medical interpreter
  • Medical transcriptionist
  • Patient scheduler
  • Anything considered administrative in nature

Clinical hours will be calculated up to the October 1st application deadline in the current application cycle. Hours accrued after October 1st will not be considered.

Experience must be from paid position(s) and not volunteer work. Exceptions include work as a paramedic or EMT when all emergency services are provided only on an all-volunteer basis. Clinical experience gained through a training program, as a student, does not count toward satisfying the 4,000-hour paid requirement.

If clinical experience is considered highly specialized, clinical volunteerism is one way of supplementing and strengthening clinical experience background. MEDEX Northwest strongly encourages spending time as a volunteer and shadowing physician assistants. Shadowing experience is valuable as it adds to an understanding of the PA role in healthcare, and expands the understanding of primary care. Volunteer and shadowing experience is a great way to supplement your experience but does not replace any required clinical paid time.

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