On the other hand, for most PA schools, clinical experience is recommended but not required for admission (this includes highly competitive PA programs like Yale, Cornell, BU). The undergraduate degree doesn't have to relate to health care.
The 2000-hour requirement in the PA program is divided into 4- or 8-week part-time rotations across 7 practice areas plus 1 elective (8 sites).
The NP requires a nursing degree (including clinicals) plus a year minimum of FT nursing experience (2000+ hours). In order to graduate, I will need 4000 RN hours in my specialty track in addition to the 500 minimum hours of NP preceptorship, half of which is with one preceptor in one clinical environment, similar to a residency.
Working as an RN is a different role, but it requires intensive education, clinical judgment, responsibility, and immersion in the environment we'll eventually practice in as NPs. Given that nurse training/experience is a program requirement, it's puzzling how infrequently it's included in the equation.