University of Toronto’s Physician Assistant Program (also known as PA Consortium) is the only PA program in Canada that REQUIRES health care experience hours to apply to PA school.
Note: McMaster and University of Manitoba does not require health care experience hours to apply to their programs.
PA Consortium (BScPA UofT) accepts health care employment, clinical placements as part of an education program, and volunteer work as part of the minimum hours required for admission.
You have to specify whether you provided direct patient care (e.g. registered massage therapist, nurse, physiotherapy assistant) or indirect patient care (e.g. research, health records, med lab technician where you are in the lab only, etc.), or patient care directed by others (e.g. administrative assistant, student in clinical placements, ward clerk, receptionist).