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Areas of Study

Bachelor 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.

    Biotechnologists combine bioengineering and science to create new products such as vaccines or pharmaceuticals. They also develop factory processes to reduce pollution or treat waste products.
    Various specimens from the body are analyzed for the indicators of disease—microorganisms, normal and abnormal chemicals, and blood cell counts, to name just a few. The medical technologist also identifies donor-recipient blood compatibility, and may also be involved with the use of genetic techniques to identify the disease.
    Human body specimens are sent to the cytotechnologist and histotechnologist in the lab for processing and staining for interpretation—useful in identification of cancer cells and various microorganisms. A cytotechnologist will examine the sample for identification of cancer or other diseases, whereas the histotechnologist will send processed and stained specimens to the pathologist for interpretation.
    The hygienist checks the oral hygiene of the patient as well as cleans teeth.
    Dietetics cover a range of duties, from devising hospital patients’ diets to educating diabetics about the proper diet.
    MRI technologists use magnets and radio waves to produce a diagnostic image of an organ or a structure within the patient's body. The technologist takes the image and processes it, giving it to a physician to interpret.
    Nuclear medicine technologists use computers, scanners, and radioactive drugs to create diagnostic images of the patient's body or an organ. The technologist prepares the radiopharmaceutical, administers it to the patient, and uses a camera to identify the radioactive uptake in the body. The images are then interpreted by a physician.
    Nurses cover a wide spectrum of work areas–occupational health in corporations to school nurses to nurse anesthetists. The nursing programs span a large educational range, from licensed vocational nurse to post-graduate programs.
    These hands-on professionals assess patients’ injuries, develop devices to aid their physical abilities, and fit them.
    Radiologic technologists take X - rays and administer nonradioactive materials into the patient's bloodstream for diagnostic imaging. Fluoroscopy utilizes a contrast medium which enhances the resolution of the image. The technologist takes the image and processes it, giving it to a physician to interpret. Some specialize in computerized tomography (CT) or mammography.
    Rehabilitation counselors determine and coordinate services for people with physical as well as psychiatric disabilities. Services might involve employment, disability management, employee assistance, and mental health counseling.

Chiropractic & Podiatry

There are so many different occupations in the healthcare industry that any personality type will find the right career.

    Chiropractors have wide latitude in the job description, most often involved with adjusting the patient’s spinal column to alleviate stress and pressure on the body.
    The podiatrist diagnoses, treats, and educates patients about foot injury and diseases.

Graduate Programs

There are so many different occupations in the healthcare industry that any personality type will find the right career.

    Speech therapists and audiologists determine course of treatment for patients suffering from physical problems as well as conditions like autism.
    The dentist diagnoses, treats, and educates patients about oral disease.
    Artists having a strong background in the sciences work in a variety of media, from computer software to textbooks.
    Allopathic and osteopathic doctors diagnose, treat, and educate patients about disease.
    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.
    Optometrists diagnose, treat, and educate patients about eye disease and injury.
    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.
    Under the supervision of a doctor, the PA takes on similar responsibilities for diagnosis, treatment, and education of the patient.
    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 professionals are specialists in disease prevention and control, environmental health, and health promotion and education activities designed to improve the health of the people.
    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 assistants assist pathologists in the preparation and performance of postmortem examinations and surgical specimen examinations.
    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.