every PA in the US needs hundreds if not thousands of patient contact hours before they can even apply to PA school. most nursing programs require, or at least recommend patient contact hours.
http://prospective.westernu.edu/physician-assistant/requirementsClinical experience, while preferred, is not required
emphasis added.Applicants must demonstrate health care experience sufficient to develop an understanding of the PA profession, the health care environment, and their own aptitude for the PA profession. Experiences should include shadowing a PA and work and/or volunteering in which responsibilities involve fairly extensive direct patient contact. Direct patient interaction is valued most highly by the admissions committee. Recent successful candidates have had hundreds of hours of work and/or volunteer experience. The program does not set a minimum number of hours of health care experience. Volunteer work is valued as highly as paid work.
Bayor University does not mention HCA at all.
http://shrp.umdnj.edu/programs/paweb/admissions/AdmisReqCASPA.htmlPrior patient contact experience is considered desirable and applicants with such experience will be given priority consideration but not to the exclusion of applicants without such experience.
Hyperbole much? Sorry, not all PAs need prior HCA before applying. Saying that is like saying that all medical students need HCA and research prior to applying just because the vast majority of them do.
as for doctors not needing any prior experience, that is correct. and how many first years residents are absolutely clueless? what about second year? how many nurses can run circles around a first year resident? By the third and forth year they tend to develop a good idea of what is going on, and many still go for a fellowship (another year in one specialty) before they are considered "experts." 4 years of undergrad over a broad spectrum of stuff, 4 years focused on med school solely on medicine, and they still need another 3 to 4 years before they are given the green light to operate on their own. hmmm, imagine that, it takes them 10+ years before a doc can go from knowing nothing to an expert, and some only require 2 years (or a few months at a medic mill) to become an expert at prehospital care. funny how that works out...
Are you really going to compare paramedicine to surgery? Heck, I wouldn't even compare medicine to surgery in terms of the amount of training needed. Similarly, as far as residency goes, it's not like residents go from 100% supervision to 0% supervision overnight when they graduate. Plenty of residents moonlight in double or triple coverage ERs where they are operating with less oversight than they do when working in their residency.