The following categories can serve as a guide when gauging the quality of an applicant's health care experience. This is not an exhaustive list; there are other forms of direct patient care experience.
Slight patient care experience: medical interpreter, medical volunteer, neonatal intensive care unit volunteer, patient transport, patient coordinator, pharmacy technician, personal/fitness trainer, shadowing, veterinarian technician.
Minimal patient care experience: chiropractic assistant, dental assistant, dietician, health professions student (practicum), ICU technician, lab technician, lactation specialist, living assistant/home health aide, medical mission work, mental health counselor, phlebotomist, physical therapist assistant, polysomnographic technician, telemetry technician.
Moderate patient care experience: anesthesia technician, athletic trainer, dental hygienist, EMT with paid and volunteer experience, licensed practical nurse (LPN), medical assistant (CMA), nursing assistant (CNA), ophthalmic technician, optometrist technician, orthopedic surgeon assistant, oncology technician, patient care technician, pulmonary technologist, radiology technician, respiratory technician, scribe.
High level patient care experience: chiropractor, physician (M.D./D.O.), paid foreign medical graduate, paid registered nurse (RN), paramedic, pharmacist, physical therapist, occupational therapist, veteran with medical experience