Health Professions - Clinical Experience

Although academics are extremely important when considering a career in the health professions, it is also important to gain practical experience. By volunteering in one of the organizations identified below, becoming an EMT, or working in a medical office, you can witness firsthand what your future career can involve.

Campus Resources

  • Joining one of UCSB's many health professions organizations is a great place to begin collecting information and making connections for your future career. These organizations are intended to educate students about the specific health professions, provide insight into the application process, and help students prepare for a career as a health professional. Visit the Student Organizations section of the Health Professions webpage to find out more about the different pre-health clubs on campus.
  • The UCSB Pre-Health Advising Facebook page and the Health Professions and Honors Listservs, frequently post volunteer opportunities.
  • Finally, the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Office (URCA) is a helpful resource for laboratory research opportunities. Visit the URCA website and look for jobs posted on the departmental listservs, or speak with your professors about potential research opportunities.

Clinical Opportunities

Medical (PA, DO, MD)

                         NCTI Buellton

                         Santa Barbara City College

                         Ventura College          

                         Allan Hancock College

  • Certified Nursing Assistant Programs (CNA)

                         Santa Barbara City College

                         Ventura College

                         Ventura Training Institute

                         Oxnard Adult School

                          Allan Hancock College

                          American Red Cross



Physical Therapy

  • Email:
    1. Student must have completed human science course work; anatomy is mandatory.
    2. Student must have junior or senior standing.
    3. Student must be interested in pursuing physical therapy school.
  • Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital volunteer opportunities (bottom of the page). Application available on wesbite
  • In addition to the above opportunities, there many other local physical therapy clinics that may also take volunteers.
  • Alta Orthopaedics part-time Physical Therapy aide??.
    • Sports medicine physical therapy office looking for motivated and fun person to join staff. No experience is necessary. Great experience for students planning to apply to PT graduate programs.
    • Apply with resume to
  • Human Performance Center
  • UCSB Athletic Training Internships


Students interested in pharmacy may want to consider earning certification as a pharmacy technician in order to gain experience in the workplace. Students are also encouraged to contact local pharmacies and inquire about possible volunteer or internship opportunities. Also, UCSB Extension offers pharm tech training (does not earn units toward a UCSB degree). Finally, the UCSB Pre-Pharmacy club also has access to some local pharmacy volunteer opportunities.


2018 Podiatric Medicine Internship Programs

UCSB Athletic Training Internships

International Clinical Experiences

Global experiences can be very helpful in preparing you to work in a diverse healthcare environment, but here are important guidelines to follow to ensure that you don’t put your future as a healthcare professional at risk.  “If you can’t do it here, you shouldn’t do it there either.”  Some examples include: delivering a baby, prescribing medicine, pulling teeth or participating in clinical procedures.  If admissions committees find out that you have engaged in these activities, your acceptance could be in jeopardy—some schools may rescind their offer if you have been admitted as your actions show a lack of ethical principles.

Before participating in a health-related experience abroad, read the AAMC Guidelines for Premedical and Medical Students Providing Patient Care During Clinical Experiences Abroad and the ADEA Guidelines for Predental Students Providing Patient Care During Clinical Experiences Abroad.

The University Of Minnesota Global Health Ambassadors for Patient Safety Workshop (GAPS online workshop) is a good way to prepare what you need to know when seeking health experiences internationally.  UMN also has an interactive tutorial on “Learning Ethically While Abroad.”

The Forum on Education Abroad has guidelines for undergraduate health related programs abroad.

Global Activities by Students at Pre-Health Levels (GASP) has additional resources about best practice standards in health-related settings abroad for undergraduate students.

Study abroad can be a profoundly valuable experience, but we recommend that you start planning early and explore all your options with the EAP Office (South Hall 2431) in addition to speaking to your Department and College Academic Advisors.   UC Education Abroad offers Public and Global Health Programs too.



Community Service Opportunities At UCSB

More Community Service Opportunities

Research Opportunities

Conducting research is another great way to stand out as an applicant in any health-related profession. Approximately 85 percent of all medical school matriculates have conducted research in some capacity.

As a premiere research institution, UCSB is an ideal environment for this pursuit. The majority of UCSB faculty members are top researchers who are actively involved in their fields. Through special research assistance courses, UCSB students have the opportunity to work alongside these professors, gain valuable research experience, and earn academic credit.

If you are interested in potential research opportunities, please visit the links below:

UC Center Sacramento Internship Opportunities

A number of health-related internships are available through the UC Center in Sacramento Program. For more information on the UCCS Program, visit