There is typically no set quantity, however, the average accepted student does have upwards of hundreds of hours in different areas. Before stressing out, realize that hours will add up quickly with consistent experiences. Also, keep in mind it is more about the quality and not the quantity of the hours. IT IS NOT A CHECKBOX! One student that has 500 hours in shadowing may not be a better applicant than one that has 100. Each student is different and should focus on building an application that portrays a picture of who they are as a person.
Volunteer and special program opportunities can be found on the Special Programs, Volunteering, and Research Opportunities Page.
Suggested amount of consistent healthcare related hours:
Pre-Med: 250+ shadowing, direct patient care, volunteering, etc.
Pre-Dental: 100+ shadowing, volunteering, etc.
Pre-PA: 350+ direct patient care and shadowing (Some PA programs require a certain amount of direct patient care/healthcare experiences)
Pre-Pharmacy: 100+ hours shadowing, Pharm Tech experience, volunteering
Pre-Vet: 100+ hours under licensed Vet (required for some programs)
Pre-PT: 150+ hours shadowing, direct patient care (Each program has some set observation hour criteria)
Pre-OT: 100+ hours shadowing, direct patient care (Each program has some set observation hour criteria)