Speech-Language Pathology

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Cindy Seltzer, Ed.D., MBA

Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) are healthcare professionals who diagnose and treat people with speech, language, communication, and swallowing disorders. They work with patients from all stages of life, including newborn babies with nursing difficulties, elementary school children with disabilities, adults with brain damage, and elderly people with dementia.

Physician Assistant

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Cindy Seltzer, Ed.D., MBA

Physician assistants (PA) are medical professionals who diagnose illness, develop and manage treatment plans, prescribe medications, and often serve as a patient’s principal healthcare provider. Having thousands of hours of medical training, physician assistants are both versatile and collaborative and they can practice in every state and in every medical setting and specialty, improving healthcare access and quality.

Physical Therapy

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Cindy Seltzer, Ed.D., MBA

Physical therapists (PTs) are healthcare professionals who treat people with injuries, illnesses, or disabilities to improve their movement, reduce pain, restore lost function, prevent future injury, reach fitness goals, and generally promote an active lifestyle. PTs are experts on the movement of the human body. They educate patients, recommend exercises for their specific situation, and provide hands-on care such as deep-tissue massages. 

Pharmacy

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Cindy Seltzer, Ed.D., MBA

Pharmacists are healthcare professionals who prepare and dispense prescription medications and advise patients and medical doctors on their safe, effective use. Pharmacists are medication experts and are knowledgeable about medications’ chemical structures, biological mechanisms, manufacturing processes, dosages, interactions, side effects, storage requirements, and more.

Occupational Therapists

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Cindy Seltzer, Ed.D., MBA

Occupational therapists (OTs) are healthcare professionals who treat people with injuries, illnesses, or disabilities to allow them to perform the tasks (also called occupations) that they need or want to do. OTs assess their patients’ needs and desires and work with them to create an individualized treatment plan that will allow them to reach their goals as independently as possible.

Nursing

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Cindy Seltzer, Ed.D., MBA

Nursing is a varied field, which means that there is no typical answer as to what exactly nurses do. Responsibilities could range from making small treatment decisions or providing vaccinations in schools. Nursing is a career that takes both skill and drive, as it is necessary to take an all-encompassing view of a patient’s wellbeing. In the U.S. today, there are over 4 million registered nurses, which means that one in every 100 people is a registered nurse.

Genetic Counselor

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Cindy Seltzer, Ed.D., MBA

Genetic Counselors (GCs) are healthcare professionals who work with people that have been diagnosed with an inheritable condition or may be at a higher risk of developing an inheritable condition. GCs are trained in both medical genetics and psychological counseling and work with individuals, their families, and other medical providers. They assess patients’ risk of disease based on their personal and family history, determine the genetic testing that may be appropriate for them, and interpret and communicate the results of that testing

Certified Anesthesiologist Assistant

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Cindy Seltzer, Ed.D., MBA

Certified anesthesiologist assistants (CAAs) are highly skilled medical professionals who plan and deliver anesthesia care as essential members of the Anesthesia Care Team (ACT). The ACT builds a patient-centric team that provides each patient with the safest model of care. Within the ACT, CAAs work as physician extenders who deliver a variety of care techniques under the supervision of a physician anesthesiologist.1 A CAA is trained extensively in the delivery and maintenance of quality anesthesia care as well as advanced patient monitoring techniques.

Audiology

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Cindy Seltzer, Ed.D., MBA

An audiologist is a healthcare professional that works at identifying, assessing, and managing disorders of hearing, balance and other neural systems in patients of all ages. Part of their work can involve the selection, fit, and dispensation of hearing aids and other listening devices. Furthermore, audiologists can educate patients on the effects of noise on hearing and conduct research that helps to advance the identification, prevention, and management of hearing-related disorders. 

AAMC Allopathic Medical School Data: MCAT, GPA and Major

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Cindy Seltzer, Ed.D., MBA

This resource reviews MCAT and GPAs for applicants and acceptees to U.S. allopathic medical schools in the 2017-2018 application cycle

Managing Acceptances

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Cindy Seltzer, Ed.D., MBA

Health professions schools have varying timelines for notifying applicants about acceptances.

Resources for International Students Applying to Health Profession Schools

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Cindy Seltzer, Ed.D., MBA

It can be particularly challenging for international students to be accepted into US health professions schools. Many schools do not allow international applications, and those that do often accept international students in small numbers.

Resources for Underrepresented Students and Alumnae Applying to Health Profession Schools

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Cindy Seltzer, Ed.D., MBA

A crucial topic in healthcare today is how to eliminate inequities in the quality and availability of medical care for ethnic, racial, social, and economic minorities. There is an urgent need to increase both the diversity and cultural competence of our health care workforce.

Joint / Combined / Dual / Double Degree Programs (Health Professions)

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Cindy Seltzer, Ed.D., MBA

Many universities and health professions schools now offer the opportunity to earn more than one degree in joint/combined/dual/double degree programs. Individual institutions use these terms in different ways, so read the descriptions and outcomes on individual websites carefully as you compare programs. Work closely with your advisors, mentors, and faculty to decide if a dual degree program is necessary to meet your career goals.

Data: National Admissions Statistics for Some Health Professions

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Cindy Seltzer, Ed.D., MBA

Review admissions data for some health profession schools, including Dental, Medical (various), Nursing, and Veterinary Schools.

Resources for Undocumented Immigrants/DACA Status Students and Alumnae

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Cindy Seltzer, Ed.D., MBA

Gaining admission to health professions schools and identifying funding sources to finance professional school education can be challenging for undocumented immigrants/DACA students and alumnae. But resources do exist to help applicants.

Self-Assessment (Preparing to Apply to Health Profession Schools)

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Cindy Seltzer, Ed.D., MBA

Your first step in the application process is a thoughtful reflection on your readiness to apply. This resource contains the self-assessment planning document, questions to ask yourself as you consider applying, and information about competencies valued in the admissions process.

Entrance Exams (Preparing to Apply to Health Profession Schools)

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Cindy Seltzer, Ed.D., MBA

Preparing for and taking your MCAT, DAT or GRE will be an important part of your application process. Successful students can expect to spend 300-400 hours over a period of 3-4 months preparing. This resource will help you to understand how to approach the exams.

Financial Planning (Applying to Health Profession Schools)

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Cindy Seltzer, Ed.D., MBA

Application and medical/dental education will be expensive. This resource will help you understand the associated costs and direct you to resources.