Learn About More Health Career Options
Explore Health Careers is a free and interactive website that includes comprehensive and up-to-date information on a broad range of health professions and training programs. It includes student and professional profiles, funding information and links to keep you informed on current healthcare issues.
WHAT ARE ALLIED HEALTH CAREERS?
- 80 different professions involving direct patient care
- Therapists and technologists who use procedural skills to evaluate, diagnose and/or treat patients independently or as part of a health care team
- Examples include:
- Cardiovascular Perfusionist
- Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
- Occupational Therapist
- Radiologic Technologist
- Respiratory Therapist
- Speech Language Pathologist
CAREER PROFILES IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Read through this brief listing of profiles to expand your health career awareness. These are just a few examples of the many rewarding options available.
- Work as “physician extenders” under the supervision of licensed anesthesiologists.
- Operate anesthesia delivery, and monitor patients during and after procedures.
- Pre-test, calibrate and operate anesthesia equipment.
- Train to assist with life support measures.
- Master’s degree program requires an undergraduate premed curriculum and MCAT.
- Specialize in hearing healthcare
- Work with patients of all ages, beginning with newborns
- Evaluate, diagnose and treat hearing problems
- Fit and dispense hearing aids and other assistive devices
- Provide counseling to patients, as well as parents and teachers of pediatric patients
- Serve on multi-disciplinary healthcare teams
Read More at the Academy of Doctors of Audiology Website
- Specialize in musculoskeletal and nervous system disorders that affect general health
- Examine, diagnose and treat patients of all ages. May provide recommendations and referrals for rehabilitation, as well as nutrition and lifestyle counseling.
- Provide hands-on spinal manipulation or chiropractic adjustment to restore joint mobility. Use diagnostic imaging and interventions as appropriate.
- Complement or support medical treatment
Read More at the American Chiropractic Association Website
- Specialize in medical genetics and work as part of a health care team
- Study medical and family histories to determine hereditary risk for disease
- Educate patients and their families about inheritance, testing, options & resources
- Pursue specialties in infertility, oncology, prenatal counseling, neurogenetics, cardiovascular genetics, personalized medicine, psychiatric disorders, etc.
- Work in hospitals, outpatient offices, public health departments, biotechnology companies, HMOs, etc.
- Teach and conduct research
Read More at the National Society of Genetic Counselors Website
Find an Accredited Program
Genetic Counselors typically hold an M.S. degree
MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENTIST
- Perform advanced biomedical testing of body fluids, tissues and cells.
- Evaluate, and interpret results, and determine the absence or presence of disease.
- Consult with physicians and provide important data that influence clinical decisions.
- Conduct research and evaluate new testing methods.
- Work in a variety of settings, including, but not limited to hospital, pharmaceutical and forensic laboratories; research and teaching institutions; fertility clinics and transplant centers; biotechnology companies.
- Help patients who have disabilities or are recovering from illness or injury to participate in their everyday activities.
- Conduct evaluations, customize interventions, recommend and train in the use of adaptive equipment, and educate family members and caregivers.
- Adapt personal habits and routines, as well as environments to optimize independence and safety.
- Provide services in early intervention programs and in schools for children with disabilities.
- Meet the needs of an aging population and enable aging at home or “in place.”
- Work with individuals across the lifespan in hospitals, schools, long-term care facilities, outpatient settings, home health, and community centers.
Note: The majority of these programs (157 of 160) are offered at the master’s degree level. An increase in the number of entry-level programs offered at the doctoral (OTD) level is expected over the next few years. Students with a strong science background and interests in research, scholarship and leadership, may be best suited to the OTD programs.
Apply to Programs through The Centralized Application Service for Occupational Therapy (OTCAS), beginning in August.
Last modified February 22 2017 02:15 PM