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PICS Requirements

PICS Hour Category Descriptions and Examples 

All PICS hours fall under one of the following three different categories: Health-Related Patient Care, Health-Related Non-patient Care and General Service.

Health-Related Patient Care involves but is not limited to…


  • OTC
  • Medication Therapy Management/Medication review (Brown Bag)
  • Proper use of medical devices


  • Distributing health information
  • Specific to a patient
  • General information to increase awareness of a disease, disorder, drug or class of drugs

Physical assessment

  • BP
  • BG
  • BMI
  • Weight
  • Body fat composition
  • Cholesterol screening
  • DEXA scan

Health-Related Patient Care activities include but are not limited to…

  • RAM
  • Brown Bag Day
  • Wellness Challenge
  • Booths
    • Health Screenings 
      • AHA Heart Awareness
    • Information
      • Asthma/COPD
      • OTC

Health-Related Non-patient Care involves…

Health Advocacy

Health Promotion

Preparation of materials for Health-Related Patient Care Activities

Health-Related Non-patient Care activities include but are not limited to…

Health Organization fundraising and awareness (Health Advocacy)

  • March of Dimes
  • Relay for Life

Educating other Health Care Practitioners (Health Promotion)

Developing a health issue webpage (Health Promotion)

Preparing for a Direct Patient Care Activity

  • Handouts
  • Posters

Blood Donation

General Service involves…

Activities not directly related to health education, awareness or provision

General Service activities include but are not limited to

  • Campus beautification (refer to the Dean, Dr. Mayhew, for projects)
  • Working with a youth group
  • Coaching a team
  • Cleaning a park
  • Reading to children