Physician Assistant FAQs

What type of experience is accepted towards the 500 hours of patient care experience?

Patient care experience must be direct, “hands-on” patient contact e.g., RN, EMT or paramedic, health educator, patient care attendant or nurse’s aide, clinic assistant, Peace Corps volunteer or other cross-cultural health care experience, technologist, therapist, clinical research assistant, respiratory therapist/aide, medical assistant, OR tech, PT/OT assistant, therapist.

What types of experience will NOT be accepted toward the 500 hours of patient care experience?

PA or physician observer or shadowing, non-clinical research assistant positions, student “intern” experiences (considered on a case by case basis), candy striper or junior volunteer positions, CPR or ACLS instructor, wilderness medicine instructor, patient transporter, pharmaceutical representative, ski patroller, life guard, aerobics instructor, unit clerk, insurance clerk, medical secretary or other clerical positions.

Do you have any suggestions on how I can obtain the 500 hours of patient care experience?

Many applicants begin working in the health care field in the summer between high school and college. By working in health care each summer through their undergraduate education they accrue the necessary hours. Potential entry-level positions (paid and unpaid) include EMT, phlebotomist, nursing aide, home health care aide, and volunteers for community mental health or family planning agencies.


Graduate Information Session @ Wahlstrom Library - 6th Fl Admissions
Oct 8 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

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Students interested in graduate programs at the University of Bridgeport are welcome to join us for information regarding the application process and program details.

The graduate programs represented will include those in:

  • Heath Sciences
  • Education
  • Business
  • Engineering
  • Design Management
  • Counseling
  • Public and International Affairs
Welcome Back Weekend 2015 @ University of Bridgeport Campus
Oct 9 @ 6:00 pm – Oct 11 @ 3:00 pm

Oct 09th 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Oct 10th 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Oct 11th 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

University of Bridgeport Campus

Come show your Purple Knight Pride! 

Alumni, students, families, faculty, staff and friends of UB are all invited to come to campus for Welcome Back Weekend 2015!  Reconnect with old friends and rediscover the University of Bridgeport by attending one of many great events throughout the weekend!


$20 for adults, $15 for students and children under 18, and free for students on a UB meal plan.

Your registration includes a free tee-shirt, continental breakfast and BBQ lunch on Saturday, and brunch at Marina Dining Hall on Sunday!  Also includes entry into events throughout the weekend (exceptions: UBCC Dinner, Athletics Hall of Fame, 5k). Pick up your shirt, lanyard, and more info at the Cox Student Center on Saturday and the Marina Dining Hall on Sunday.

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Schedule of Events – See below for details or Download PDF

Friday, October 9

Saturday, October 10

Sunday, October 11

All events, locations, and times subject to change.

Hotel and Travel

The University of Bridgeport has arranged discounted rates at local hotels for anyone attending Welcome Back Weekend:

  • Holiday Inn – 1070 Main Street, Bridgeport: $89 room rate will be offered until 9/25/15. Call (203) 334-1234 and ask for the Welcome Back Weekend UB room block or make a reservation online (discounted rate is applied automatically).
  • The Marriott – 180 Hawley Lane, Trumbull: $119 room rate will be offered until 9/18/15. Call (203) 378-1400 and ask for the University of Bridgeport room block

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UBCC Luncheon – WBW 2015 @ Knights Field Tent
Oct 10 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
UBCC Luncheon - WBW 2015 @ Knights Field Tent | Bridgeport | Connecticut | United States

Join fellow UBCC alumni, as well as faculty and staff, for a mid-day luncheon.


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UBCC Lectures for CEUs – WBW 2015 @ Chiro 100
Oct 10 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
UBCC Lectures for CEUs - WBW 2015 @ Chiro 100 | Bridgeport | Connecticut | United States

Earn continuing education credits during two lectures:

1 – 3 p.m.,  Drs. Tim Bertlesman and Brandon Steele: Exceptional Outcomes! Resolving 7 Hidden Musculoskeletal Problems that Delay Recovery

4 – 6 p.m., Dr. Tim Bertlesman: Ligament Laxity
More info to be announced.


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UBCC Facilities Tours – WBW 2015 @ College of Chiropractic
Oct 10 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
UBCC Facilities Tours - WBW 2015 @ College of Chiropractic | Bridgeport | Connecticut | United States

Learn about all of the great changes and improvements to the UB Chiropractic facilities on these special afternoon tours.


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