Defining "Health Professions"

While most students interested in the health professions think of medical school, there are many other professional careers that allow graduates to "care for people." These include but are not limited to:

Allopathic Medicine
This is what most think of when they think of being a doctor or an M.D.

Osteopathic Medicine
Similar in almost all respects to allopathic medicine, except with a focus on preventive and holistic health.

Not sure how Osteopathic Medicine is different from Allopathic Medicine?

Naturopathic Medicine
Programs generally award a doctor of Naturopathic Medicine or a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine. Two local schools, Bastyr, in Seattle Washington and National College of Naturopathic Medicine, in Portland Oregon, offer these programs.

Chiropractic

Dentistry

Nursing
Nurses comprise the largest single component of hospital staff, are the primary providers of hospital patient care, and deliver most of the nation's long-term care. A complete list of schools of nursing allows you to search by location and program.

The Bachelor of Science degree in nursing is the critical first step for a career in professional nursing. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and other leading nursing organizations recognize the BSN degree as the minimum educational requirement for professional nursing practice.

Of interest to students completing a bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field, the Master of Science in Nursing. This new program prepares qualified applicants with an earned baccalaureate degree in a non-nursing field to complete a MSN in approximately 36 months. You may also want to check out an online database focused on nursing opportunities.

Optometry

Pharmacy

Physician Assistant

Podiatry

Public Health

Veterinary Medicine