Clinical Experience Opportunities for Pre-Med Students Designed by Healthcare Professionals
Medical schools require pre-med students to gain clinical experience. Yet, it is a challenge to find a clinic willing to employ pre-med students. Most healthcare jobs require a 12-18 month certification process, not covered in your degree. Even if you can find a healthcare position without certification, your role may not even include patient care.
Clinical hours today. Medical School Tomorrow.
You’re guaranteed to gain clinical hours with our online certificates. ACT provides each student an optional clinical placement in our national network of healthcare providers.
Your certification also opens up new entry level healthcare positions so you can get paid while accruing clinical hours. To date, we’ve helped over 4000+ pre-med students with clinical opportunities in just 8 weeks.
When you enroll in one of our pre-med certificates, you will:
- Receive a Clinical Externship (placements guaranteed)
- Earn a nationally-accepted credential in as little as 8 weeks
- Gain skills and knowledge through our immersive training program
- Master vital patient-care skills to complement your medical knowledge
- Add critical hands-on experience to your medical school application
What Certificates can you enroll in as an aCT pre-med student?
ACT offers three pre-medical school certificates. You could become a Medical Assistant or a Patient Care Technician or a Phlebotomy Technician with our self-paced, online pre-med certificates. Either role will enable you to earn precious clinical hours for your medical school application.
In as little as 8-weeks, you could pass your exam to qualify as a CCMA (Medical Assistant) or a CPCT (Patient Care Technician). These certifications open up numerous job opportunities. Now, you could get paid to gain your clinical experience instead of volunteering your time.
Why Choose a Medical Assistant Certification
If you want to work in a specific area, then you should become a Medical Assistant. This pathway gives you access to the greatest variety of clinical settings. You could work in diverse clinics, such as dermatology, cardiology, or primary health. The choice is yours. No matter what you choose, you’ll be able to draw on your experience to write your personal statement for medical school.
Medical schools also value practical work experience because it proves your commitment to a career in healthcare. Yet if you want to excel in clinical environments, you need more than medical knowledge. You need compassionate and confident patient care skills.
ACT’s hands-on, immersive program prepares you to deliver exceptional patient care with modules on:
- Laboratory and diagnostic techniques
- Cardiopulmonary testing, electrocardiogram (EKG/ ECG), and other tests
- Monitoring and recording vital signs
- Patient-centered communication and patient education
Gain clinical experience and patient care experience for a competitive edge in the admissions process with our Medical Assistant Certification!
Why Choose a Patient Care Technician Certification
As a PCT, you’ll have direct experience caring for patients. You’ll gain clinical experience for your medical school application, and also see the healthcare system from the perspective of a team member. These teamwork skills will be vital for your career in medicine.
In this role, you will collaborate with nurses, medical staff, and physicians. You’ll be an integral part of the healthcare team. Plus, you’ll strengthen your medical school application one clinical hour at a time.
This certificate teaches you practical knowledge in areas, such as medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, and disease processes. You will also have the chance to complete hands-on tasks with patients in a simulated online environment.
Examples of basic patient care tasks include:
- Catheter care
- Vital signs
- Patient monitoring
As a PCT, you’ll see the challenges and rewards of working in healthcare. It is a great role for gaining patient care experience, proving your commitment to healthcare and strengthening your medical school application.
Why Choose a Phlebotomy Technician Certification
A phlebotomy technician is an entry-level role for the technical side of medicine. You’re responsible for taking blood draws and returning them to the laboratory. This essential skill sets a strong foundation for medical school.
This role gives you clinical exposure to many different types of patients and clinical specialities. Many doctors rely on blood tests to determine diagnoses. Your role will make you an essential part of the healthcare team. Phlebotomy experience could highlight your passion for medicine to admissions committees.
In this certificate, you’ll learn the following skills:
- Infection control practices
- Venipuncture techniques
- Point-of-care testing
- Basic Laboratory Procedures
- Healthcare Ethics
Master this in-demand clinical skill to earn clinical hours for your medical school application.
Take advantage of our pre-mentorship program
At ACT, we understand the importance of mentorship in your pursuit of a medical career. Our pre-med student mentorship program is designed to provide you with a reliable source of support on your journey to medical school.
Our mentorship program will help you overcome these common obstacles:
- Gain hands-on experience without scrambling for a clinical placement
ACT’s immersive programs are built around experiential learning. You will learn about real-world medical challenges through realistic patient interactions and clinical scenarios. We also guarantee clinical placements (optional).
2. Ask our Expert Mentors
Applying for medical school can be confusing. ACT’s expert mentors provide guidance and personalized support throughout the process. This nurturing environment will help you put together the best possible application.
3. Elevate your pre-med studies without committing to another class
Pre-med students already have demanding academic schedules, extracurricular activities, and even jobs. ACT’s online pre-med programs are not another university class. It is self-paced and 100% online. You can study at your own pace and convenience.
4. Become a competitive candidate
Pre-med students need to stand out from other applicants. ACT’s programs give you the opportunity to become a more competitive candidate. You’ll not only deepen your medical knowledge. You’ll learn practical skills not taught in traditional pre-med programs.
5. Save money while preparing for medical school
The journey to medical school is often costly. ACT created a cost-effective program without compromising quality. This affordable option exists 100% online for your convenience.
6. Get the flexibility pre-med students need
The convenience of immersive, online courses makes it easy for you to balance both work and study. This flexibility allows you to easily continue any extracurricular activities or prior commitments.
7. Real-world medical scenarios no matter your location
If you live in a remote area, you might find it difficult to gain clinical experience. Or, you might lack access to medical facilities. ACT’s online simulations provide clinical scenarios and realistic patient interactions from anywhere with an internet connection.
8. Earn a Nationally Accredited Certification
An ACT certification could add credibility to your medical school application. This extra qualification proves your commitment to the healthcare profession. Plus, your certification allows you to pursue other roles in healthcare while waiting for your acceptance letter.
Enroll now to gain access to your coursework and embark on this transformative educational experience, while also benefiting from the guidance of our pre-med mentors.