University of Vermont

Clinical Careers

Use your early college years to explore the wide array of potential clinical careers in one or more of the 4 categories identified in the healthcare section of Career Cornerstone Center.

View the range of career opportunities focused on:

  • Identification, evaluation and prevention of disease—see Allied Health tab Examples: audiologist, occupational therapist, pharmacist, physical therapist, social worker, speech language pathologist and more.
    Additional information and other allied health career options are described in ExploreHealthCareers (within Allied Health Professions and Complementary and Integrative Medicine sections). Examples: art therapist; certified anesthesiology assistant; athletic trainer (under Sports Medicine); genetic counselor; heath care interpreter; integrative health practice (acupuncturist, Chinese medicine therapist, health coach, massage therapist); pathologists’ assistant (and autopsy technician)
  • Use of diagnostic or therapeutic application of science / technology – see Medical Technology tab Examples: cardiovascular technologist, diagnostic medical sonographer, ophthalmic technician, radiation therapist, surgical technologist. Additional information and other medical technology career options are described in ExploreHealthCareers (in Allied Health Professions section). Examples: optician; pathologists’ assistant; perfusionist; respiratory therapist
  • Nursing opportunities
    See Nursing tab to learn about registered nurse (RN) roles and supplement with ExploreHealthCareers for additional information about bachelor-level careers (including public health nursing) as well as graduate level nursing careers --Advanced Practice Nursing-- such as nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, nurse midwife, nurse anesthetist
    Investigate accelerated pathways to BSN and advanced practice nursing at Association of American Colleges of Nursing (for students who will pursue a nursing degree after graduating from UVM)
  • Specialized fields of medical practice – see Medicine tab Examples: allopathic physician (MD), osteopathic physician (DO), dentist, optometrist, podiatric physician/surgeon, physician assistant, psychologist
    Supplemental information and additional careers, such as: chiropractic or naturopathic physician can be found at ExploreHealthCareers (in Chiropractic Medicine and Naturopathic Medicine tabs)

Seek out opportunities for exploring some of these professions “in person” by talking with, and ideally shadowing, providers in your home community and/or in the Burlington area.

Gain experience in the health care environment by working part-time while still in college (and potentially full-time during one or more growth years prior to entering health professions school). Many of these roles can be learned on-the-job or with a short training course:

  • Personal care attendant (in homes/rehabilitation centers/long term care facilities)
  • Pharmacy technician
  • Phlebotomist
  • Medical assistant (office or hospital-based)
  • Medical scribe (emergency department or office-based)
  • Emergency medical technician (EMT-B) or AEMT
  • Nursing assistant (LNA or CNA based on state licensing)

If medical or dental school remains a consideration, investigate MD & DO Specifics: The Path to Medical School and The Path to Dentistry to learn recommendations for navigating those specific pathways.

We recommend that anyone considering a career in patient care download and complete the AAMC’s Self-Assessment Guide as these Core Competencies are relevant to all future health professions providers.

Nationally, < 45% of candidates who apply to medical school are admitted. By fully investigating the wide array of career options in the health care industry, you are more likely to find the right field for you and make choices that enhance your likelihood of success and fulfillment.

Last modified January 15 2020 02:48 PM