Health Professions Advising

Graduate Programs

There are so many different occupations in the healthcare industry that any personality type will find the right career. The following programs may be offered through these colleges and universities.

COMMUNICATION DISORDERS
Speech therapists and audiologists determine course of treatment for patients suffering from physical problems as well as conditions like autism.

DENTISTRY
The dentist diagnoses, treats, and educates patients about oral disease.

MEDICAL ILLUSTRATION
Artists having a strong background in the sciences work in a variety of media, from computer software to textbooks.

MEDICINE
Allopathic and osteopathic doctors diagnose, treat, and educate patients about disease.

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OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY
Occupational therapists help people improve their ability to perform tasks in their daily living and working environments. They work with individuals who have conditions that are mentally, physically, developmentally, or emotionally disabling. They also help them to develop, recover, or maintain daily living and work skills. Occupational therapists help clients not only to improve their basic motor functions and reasoning abilities, but also to compensate for permanent loss of function. Occupational therapists assist clients in performing activities of all types, ranging from using a computer to caring for daily needs such as dressing, cooking, and eating.

OPTOMETRY
Optometrists diagnose, treat, and educate patients about eye disease and injury.

PHARMACY
The doctorate in pharmacy provides the pharmacist with various work options–hospital pharmacy, retail, pharmaceutical, and research. Not just limited to filling prescriptions, a pharmacist can be involved with education, research, or compounding chemicals.

PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT
Under the supervision of a doctor, the PA takes on similar responsibilities for diagnosis, treatment, and education of the patient.

PHYSICAL THERAPY
Physical therapists restore and maintain the overall health of patients who have physical disabilities or are suffering from injuries or disease. Their goals are to relieve pain, increase mobility, and limit physical disability. They develop plans describing a treatment strategy, its purpose, and its anticipated outcome.

PUBLIC HEALTH
Public health professionals are specialists in disease prevention and control, environmental health, and health promotion and education activities designed to improve the health of the people.

VETERINARY MEDICINE
The veterinarian diagnoses, treats, and educates pet owners about their pets’ injuries, in addition to promoting preventative health. Not only for domestic pets, this field also covers large animals and exotic animals in zoos or wildlife parks.

Emerging Careers

In addition to the above healthcare occupations, there are some up-and-coming ones that are presently gaining momentum around the country. Although not as common as the occupations listed above, more educational programs are being developed across the country.

PATHOLOGY ASSISTANT
Pathology assistants assist pathologists in the preparation and performance of postmortem examinations and surgical specimen examinations.

RADIOLOGIST ASSISTANT
A radiologist assistant is an advanced-level radiologic technologist who works under the supervision of a radiologist to enhance patient care by assisting the radiologist in the diagnostic imaging environment.

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