St. Mary's College of Maryland

General Resources: Practical Experience

Practical experience is one of the most important aspects of your professional school application, and it will also help you make sure you have chosen the right career field. Click here to read about the HSAC's philosophy on practical experience. Below is a list of some ways that St. Mary's students have gotten practical experience in the past.

Note: Keep track of your practical experience hours religiously. Knowing exactly how many hours you have volunteered/worked in the field will help you later on with the application process, especially with schools that require a certain number of hours. Veterinary schools and physical therapy schools are especially strict about having lots of practical experience.


Opportunities for practical experiences in healthcare:

  • Scribe America
    • Paid experience! Interact with doctors and patients while learning technical terms and the logistics of the emergency room.
    • You can find the general application here
    • Many of our students participate in this program at St. Mary's Hospital in Leonardtown
    • To contact the Chief Scribes at St. Mary's Hospital directly (recommended), please use the following address: smhscribe@scribeamerica.com
  • Volunteering at St. Mary's Hospital through our facilitator program

    Mary B. Cheseldine
    Volunteer Student Services Coordinator
    St. Mary's Hospital
    PO Box 527
    25500 Point Lookout Road
    Leonardtown, MD  20650
    301-475-6453
    Fax: 301-475-5388

  • Volunteer Rescue Squad
  • For pre- Physical Therapy students: ANOVA Clinic in Leonardtown
    • Many of our students have had excellent experiences at the physical therapy center in Leonardtown on Moakley Street.
    • Sometimes these experiences have even included following a patient through surgery and rehabilitation. It is in the surgical suite where some students, long committed to Physical Therapy, discover a passion for Osteopathic Surgery.
  • Red Cross
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Hospice - a real challenge
  • Assisting students with disabilities
  • Lifeguarding
  • Camp counseling
  • Tutoring


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