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Experiences

Overview

In this section, you can enter your professional experiences in several categories, or types. Review the type definitions below, consider the duties you performed during the experience, and use your best judgment to determine which category your experience falls into. If you have any questions about your experiences fulfilling an individual program's requirements, inquire with that program directly.

Although you can enter any experiences that you believe are relevant to your application, we recommend focusing on those experiences within the last 10 years and at the collegiate level and above. Enter only current and in-progress experiences, and check your program's requirements regarding documentation. 

Experience Types

Animal Experience

Animal Experiences include farm and ranch experience, 4-H membership, animal training, or similar activities that were not under the supervision of a veterinarian. Experiences listed as Animal Experience should be different from those entered for Veterinary and Employment experiences. 

Volunteer

Animal Experiences include farm and ranch experience, 4-H membership, animal training, or similar activities that were not under the supervision of a veterinarian. Experiences listed as Animal Experience should be different from those entered for Veterinary and Employment experiences. 

Dental Experience

Both paid and unpaid work in a dental field where you were directly responsible for a patient's care.

Dental Shadowing

Time spent officially following and observing a dental professional at work, preferably in the profession field.

Employment

Paid work done outside of the health care field or a research lab; for example, a retail or restaurant job.

Extracurricular Activities

Related activities you would like your selected programs to review; for example, academic clubs and competitive teams. Do not include paid work experience in this section. 

Healthcare Experience

Both paid and unpaid work in a health or health-related field where you are not directly responsible for a patient's care, but may still have patient interaction; for example, filling prescriptions, performing clerical work, delivering patient food, cleaning patients and/or their rooms, administering food or medication, taking vitals or other record keeping information, working as a scribe, CNA (depending on job description), medical assistant, etc.

Internships and Clinical Experience

Time spent either following and observing a healthcare professional at work or a paid or unpaid position related to healthcare.

Leadership Experience

Experiences in which you held a leadership role within an organization, such as the president of a club, fraternity/sorority, etc. 

Ministry

Volunteer work specifically done within a religious setting.

O&P Professional/Technical Experience

All paid and unpaid O&P professional and/or technical experience. 

Optometric Experience

All paid and unpaid optometric work experience with the exception of shadowing/observation and volunteer experiences. 

Patient Care Experience

Experiences in which you are directly responsible for a patient's care. For example, prescribing medication, performing procedures, directing a course of treatment, designing a treatment regimen, actively working on patients as a nurse, paramedic, EMT, CNA, phlebotomist, physical therapist, dental hygienist, etc.

Podiatric Experiences

Experiences shadowing in the field of podiatry. If you have shadowed more than one podiatry physician, start with the most recent experience.

Research

Any experience working on a research project, preferably in addition to or outside of regular classroom work. This may include student research positions, research technician positions, summer research student, master’s rotational student, etc.

Shadowing

Time spent officially following and observing a health care professional at work.

Teaching Experience

Experiences in which you were in charge of instructing others, such as a teaching assistant, tutor, etc. 

Training Attended

Identify any training or development received, preferably in the healthcare field.

Veterinary Experience

Veterinary Experience includes any veterinary clinical, agribusiness, or health science experiences that took place under the supervision of a veterinarian. Experiences listed as Veterinary Experience should be different from those entered for Animal and Employment experiences. Do not list any veterinary research experience. 

Enter Your Experience

  1. Click Add an Experience.
  2. Select the appropriate experience type from the drop-down. 
  3. Enter information about the organization where the experience took place.
  4. Enter information about your supervisor at the organization. This is a person that programs can contact to verify that this experience occurred. If the experience was a student-organized group and there was no advisor, list a member who can verify your experience.
  5. Enter the date or date range in which the experience took place. Note that your experiences will not display on your application in any specific order, regardless of the dates entered. 
  6. Enter additional details about the experience, including the title of the experience and the time commitments. Enter the average weekly number of hours that you completed for this experience during the date range that you indicated.  
  7. Select Yes or No to indicate a release authorization to allow your selected programs to contact the organization. 
  8. Click Save & Continue

Note that you cannot repeat hours between Experience types. So, if position duties encompass more than one section, enter the position in both sections and divide the hours and duties accordingly.

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