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Clinical Experience

Med school students

Clinical experience refers to any employment or volunteer experience in a medical setting. Clinical experience offers an opportunity to explore medical careers first-hand and provide assistance to patients and their families. The clinical experience required will be dependent on your preferred healthcare track. For example, most physician assistant programs require paid experience working directly with patients. It's important to check with the professional schools you are considering and to talk with a pre-health advisor to learn more. 

Volunteer Opportunities 

As a volunteer in a clinical setting, you may greet patient and families, restock supplies, deliver meals to patients, provide comfort and support, and assist staff with various errands. Clinical volunteers are most often found in:

Paid Opportunities 

Most paid positions in healthcare will require training and/or certification. Explore the options below and check with community colleges and technical schools to obtain the necessary training:

  • Medical scribe
  • Certified Nurse Aide/Assistant 
  • Emergency Medical Technician 
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Physical Therapy Aide 
  • Phlebotomist 
  • Dental Assistant 
  • Medical Assistant 

Remember to track your clinical experiences using the Pre-Health Co-Curricular Tracker

Pre-Health Advisors

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Contact for Current Students 

Undergraduate Academic
Student Affairs
Natural Science Building
288 Farm Lane, Room 108
East Lansing, MI 48824

Email: natsci.prehealth@msu.edu
Phone: (517) 355-4470

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Contact for Alumni and MSU Graduates

Please call (517) 355-4470 to schedule a Pre-Health Appointment

Follow us on Instagram @msu_prehealth and visit the Pre-Health Student Blog!

Contact for Prospective Students

Gabby Wahla, M.A.
Undergraduate Recruitment Coordinator
Email: natsci.explore@msu.edu  
Phone: 517-355-4470