There are more than 200 health related occupations. Many require
hospital based training, while others require an associate degree or a B.S. degree
education. Listed below are areas that are often considered by students who hold a
B.S. degree (typically in biology or a related area). For more information click on the highlighted titles.
A physical therapist is an important member of the
healthcare team. Using basic principle of biomechanics and an understanding of the
anatomy and physiology of the human body, PTs assist people with disabilities . The
University offers a post B.S. degree program.
The physician assistant
(PA) is trained using a medical model to
diagnose and treat patients in a manner similar to that used in medical schools.
Most PA programs require some college education in clinical experience. Typically PA
applicants hold a B.S. degree in another allied health field. The American Academy
of Physician Assistants is considered the complete source of information about PA.
The goal of
public health professionals in the broadest
sense is to promote good public health through the application of science and technology
and interventions that will improve the quality of life. Public health professionals
hold diverse positions and generally have the MPA degree as career entry degree.
Follow this link to reach the primary source of information about public health education
- the Association of Schools of Public Health
Dietetics and nutrition is an area of health care that is
growing in significance and interest. The registered dietician is a food and
nutrition expert who must complete at least a B.S. education, however many programs offer
a M.S. degree program. The American Dietetics Association is the main source of
information about dietetics and nutrition.
Respiratory care specialists treat and assist in the
diagnosis of people with heart and lung diseases. Respiratory care practitioner
training programs exist at associate degree and B.S. level. Follow this link to
learn about the University B.S. program.
Diagnostic imaging includes a wide variety of high
technology instruments to gain valuable images of the human body. The University of
Hartford offer a B.S. program that prepares graduates to be imaging experts.
Osteopathy: If you are interested in a career in medicine and your dream is to be a physician who has a holistic approach to healthcare you should consider being a osteopathic physician. A doctor of osteopathy has a fundamental belief in the power of the body to heal itself and focuses on direct patient contact working side by side with other physicians and health care providers. A doctor of osteopathy has all the rights and privileges given to MDs. Click on the "Links" bullet below to learn more about this challenging opportunity and what a doctor of osteopathic medicine is.