A minimum of 3,000 hours of direct patient care experience must be completed in the USA and by the application deadline. Hours accrued as a student in a training program cannot be used towards this total. This requirement can be met with 18 months of full-time work experience or equivalent part-time hours. This requirement is meant to help the applicant achieve a knowledge base and skill set needed for the successful completion of our Program. Not all health care positions can or will provide the appropriate clinical experience. Both paid and volunteer hours are acceptable.
Examples of Acceptable Clinical Experiences
Clinical experiences involving direct patient care are evaluated on an individual basis. Students have entered training from a variety of clinical backgrounds, including, but not limited to:
Other clinical experiences involving direct patient care are evaluated on an individual basis.
Due to the accelerated nature of the Program, competitive applicants generally have many years of experience working in clinical settings which involve various levels of patient responsibility and involve a high level of critical thinking. Additionally, some or all of their clinical experience has been in the US where they have interacted with a PA or NP and gained insight to the US medical system.
Clinical experiences which are not acceptable would consist mainly of, but not be limited to, the following: administrative duties, massage therapy, home care and "shadowing a doctor". Although valuable to the practice of medicine, clinical experiences which lack direct patient care responsibilities are not competitive and do not prepare students for successful completion of our accelerated program.
All required coursework must be documented as being completed on an official transcript from a United States school, college or university possessing "institutional accreditation" by one of the following six regional associations: Western Association (WASC-Junior and Senior), Middle States Association (MSA), Northwest Association (NASC), North Central Association (NCA), Southern Association (SACS-CC), and New England Association (NEASC-CIHE and CTCI) of Schools and Colleges. The institution's accreditation must be awarded at the time the coursework was taken. All prior coursework will be considered regardless of the year in which the course was taken. All high school coursework submitted to meet program prerequisites must be completed in the United States. Except for meeting the program and GE prerequisites, advanced placement, transfer of credit, or credit for experiential learning are not permitted because of the integrative structure of the curriculum.
Institutions that have specialized, professional or single mission types of accreditation (often held by trade, technical, vocational, occupational or military schools) will need to be reviewed by Foothill College to determine whether such credits will be acceptable. Candidates with chiropractic and naturopathic degrees often need to fulfill Foothill College's General Education (GE) requirements, unless they possess a degree from an accredited institution. Courses offered through the United States military must be credited by a regionally accredited institution. Official transcripts from all regionally accredited institutions attended must be included in the application packet; therefore, request them at least a month in advance.
Applicants who expect to receive their Associate's degree or higher before the end of the Spring term of the application year must include a letter from a school evaluator or counselor verifying degree candidacy in the application packet. Applicants who expect to obtain the Associate of Science degree from Foothill College upon completion of our program are required to complete the General Education requirements, unless they have a Bachelor's degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution.
All applicants must complete the following courses with a grade of C or better. A minimum of three (3) semester or four (4) quarter units is required for each course. It is strongly recommended that the Anatomy, Physiology and Microbiology courses be completed within the last 5 years and be at least a 3.0 GPA or higher. (This will be a requirement beginning 2013).
All prerequisites must be provided by the application deadline. For combined Human Anatomy and Physiology (A&P) classes, a full academic year curriculum is required. All coursework for A&P must total at least 12 quarter units or 8 semester units. Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements or who completed A&P more than 10 years ago are encouraged to retake the full year curriculum of A&P. For example, we encourage applicants to complete a general statistics course and take English 1B. Class substitutions that do not cover the scope or information covered in the above classes will not be accepted. If you have any questions regarding academic prerequisites, please contact our admissions office.
Applicants who have not received an Associate's degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution and who do not expect to receive a degree by the end of the Spring term of the application year, must complete coursework for the following Foothill College General Education requirements:
CLEP, high school and upper-division coursework are not acceptable for the General Education prerequisites. Class description of the courses that satisfy General Education requirements can be found in the Foothill College General Catalog, which is available online. Any concerns about these requirements should be directed to Foothill College's Counseling office.
The College Board offers Subject and General College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams which may be used to meet Program prerequisites as listed below:
Depending on the scoring range for the particular exam, only CLEP scores above 500 (or 50) will be accepted. Official CLEP score reports must be included in the application packet. Subject College Level Examination Program will only be accepted by the Primary Care Program and cannot be used to meet General Education requirements to satisfy the Associate Degree requirements at Foothill College.
Applicants who complete coursework outside of the United States must have their official foreign transcripts evaluated and translated by an independent educational evaluating service based in the United States. The evaluation should establishes degree, course and credit (unit or hour) equivalency for all foreign coursework. Prerequisites in Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, and Microbiology cannot be met using foreign credit unless the coursework was completed in Great Britain or Canada. If coursework was completed in Great Britain or Canada, please contact the Admissions Office for information on using these credits to meet the prerequisites. Otherwise, these courses must be taken at a regionally accredited institution in the United States.
All other prerequisites may be met with foreign equivalent credits, pending approval of applicable courses by the Primary Care Associate Program Admissions Office. Prior to submitting an application for admission, applicants must submit a course description, in English, from the foreign school attended. The Admissions Office then determines if the course is comparable to one offered at a regionally accredited institution in the United States. No foreign high school classes will be accepted.
Applicants with foreign degrees that are awarded equivalency of a Bachelor's degree or higher are not required to meet General Education prerequisites. Applicants with foreign degrees that are awarded the equivalency of a Doctor of Medicine degree are not required to meet program prerequisites for Algebra and Chemistry. No PA Program courses will be waived for prior completion of similar courses at a foreign medical school. An official copy of the independent evaluation as well as the course descriptions of the pre-approved coursework must be included in the application packet.
The International Education Research Foundation, Inc. (IERF), World Education Services (WES) or an equivalent organization are recommended educational evaluators.