Direct Patient Care Experience

  • Direct patient care experience (DPC) may be paid or volunteer. The admissions committee will review and evaluate each individual DPC experience.
  • DPC should provide exposure to patients and members of the healthcare team in a clinical capacity to allow for the understanding of medical terminology, interaction with a wide variety of patients and exposure to various clinical scenarios.
  • One year (2,000 hours) of direct patient care (DPC) experience is preferred.
  • Examples of DPC include but are not limited to:
    • Nursing (RN, CNA)
    • Nutrition (RD)
    • Pharmacy (Pharmacist, Pharmacy tech)
    • Other (Medical assistant, radiology tech, phlebotomist)
    • Physical Therapy (PT, PT Aide)
    • Athletic Training (AT)
    • Dental Hygienist
    • Paramedic, EMT
    • Respiratory Therapist
    • Researcher (if performing direct patient care)
    • Optometric assistant

For additional information please contact CDU Office of Enrollment at (323) 563-4800.