Navigate the links below to find more information and resources about specific health programs and professions.
- Athletic Training
- Chiropractic Medicine
- Dental School
- Genetic Counseling
- Medical School
- Nursing Programs
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Physician Assistant Programs
- Public Health
- Veterinary School
Athletic Trainers (ATs) are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. Visit http://caate.net/becoming-an-athletic-trainer/ for more information on how to become an athletic trainer.
Regional Athletic Program Prerequisites
Chiropractors are primary care professionals and play a vital, life-changing role. Chiropractic relieves pain, increases mobility and optimizes performance through safe and effective spinal adjustments and manipulation. Learn more about the profession at Discover Chiropractic. The Association of Chiropractic Colleges provides information on schools and academic requirements.
American Dental Education Association
Dr. Naty Lopez, Assistant Dean for Admissions & Diversity at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, speaks on Building a Competitive Application.
Minnesota became the first state in 2009 to establish licensure of dental therapists, with the primary purpose to extend dental health to underserved populations. Dental therapists provide basic preventive and restorative treatment to children and adults, and extractions of primary (baby) teeth under the supervision of a dentist. Dental therapists work primarily in settings that serve low-income, uninsured and underserved populations or in a dental health professional shortage area. Learn more about the dental therapy program at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry.
American Student Dental Association
The American Student Dental Association is a national student-run organization that protects and advances the rights, interests, and welfare of dental students. It introduces students to lifelong involvement in organized dentistry and provides services, information, education, representation, and advocacy.
The Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) provides information on health administration/management programs and a program directory.
There are two kinds of medical schools, allopathic (MD) and osteopathic (DO). The main difference is osteopathic schools teach osteopathic manipulative maneuvers used to find health in patients. This document and the resources below can provide you with more information on allopathic and osteopathic medical schools.
American Association of Medical Colleges
The Association of American Medical Colleges is a not-for-profit association representing all 141 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools, nearly 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems, including 51 Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers, and nearly 90 academic and scientific societies. Their Anatomy of an Applicant site features student profiles, a workbook, and supplemental resources. Materials are based on the 15 Core Competencies for Entering Medical Students.
Minorities in Medicine: The AAMC is committed to a culturally competent, diverse, and prepared health and biomedical workforce that leads to improved health and health equity. Increasing the number of underrepresented minorities in medical education and biomedical sciences is part of its mission.
Prehealth Collection of the iCollaborative is a web-based repository of teaching and learning resources for faculty and students as they teach and study for all areas represented in the new MCAT2015 exam. Instructional material ranges from textual resources with self-assessment questions to videos and linked assessment questions produced in collaboration with the Khan Academy. All material is searchable by content and tied explicitly to MCAT2015 “foundational concepts” and associated content categories in all fields represented in the new MCAT (biology, biochemistry, chemistry, physics, psychology, sociology, and statistics).
Regional MD Programs Prerequisites
Medical School and Residency: Research graduate and medical education programs, access educational resources about becoming a physician and get tools to help guide your career path.
This site features information about various health careers and the required licensure. There are also links to articles, subscriptions to free e-newsletters, and a link to FREIDA, a complete database of accredited medical schools.
Medically inspired is a Global non-profit organization dedicated to premed students. We have made it our goal to make the premed years as trouble-free as possible.
Sign up for the free membership in order to gain access to a newsletter, advice, and links.
Medical Student’s Resource Guide
This site is a resource for those already in medical school as much as it is for those looking to apply. However, there are plenty of resources for both groups of people (and reading the information for those already in school will give you a sense of what it might be like).
There are two separate sets of links: The left sidebar links to information on the subjects of student loans, essay editing, test prep, financial aid, and medical schools. Scroll down the middle section of the page to find links to the Medical School Forum and information about medical student finances, USMLE, medical careers, and premed resources. You can also find information about the pros and cons of Caribbean medical schools.
The most useful links for current undergraduates are probably “Medical School Admissions” and “Medical School Search: Are your MCAT scores competitive?” The latter, if you enter your MCAT scores, gives you an alphabetical list of programs with color-coding for “competitive”, “very competitive”, and “less competitive”, which might give you a vague sense (just based on this one factor–it’s by no means foolproof) of how easily you might get in to each program (click on “details” to get the school averages). http://www.studentdoc.com/
This site provides a similar application service for schools with a more holistic (and still scientific) approach to medicine. For more details about what osteopathic medicine entails, and how to use their application service, see their website.
Osteopathic medical schools to which our alumni apply include:
This group is designed to help students continue towards a career within osteopathic medicine. Its membership is free and open to all pre-medical students and professionals in/from Minnesota interested in pursuing a career as an osteopathic physician. It will provide events for networking with a wide variety of different people within the osteopathic profession or having a relation to the profession including osteopathic medical societies, policymakers, osteopathic physicians, current osteopathic medical school students, and people related to significant historical figures who played a role in Minnesota’s rich history of osteopathic medicine. See their website for more information or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Podiatrists, Doctors of Podiatric Medicine, are qualified by their education and training to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot and ankle. A doctor of podiatric medicine (DPM) is a specialist in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of foot, ankle, and related structures of the leg. Podiatric physicians specialize in areas such as diabetes and wound care, orthopedics, pediatrics, geriatrics, sports medicine, surgery, and dermatology. There are nine colleges of podiatric medicine in the US which all utilize AACPMAS for admission. The DPM Mentors Network is a powerful tool to discover podiatric medicine.
The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is the national voice for baccalaureate and graduate nursing education. AACN works to establish quality standards for nursing education; assists schools in implementing those standards; influences the nursing profession to improve health care; and promotes public support for professional nursing education, research, and practice.
There are three schools in Minnesota which offer entry-level Master’s programs:
Occupational therapists help people across the lifespan participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations). See the American Occupational Therapy Association for more information on resources for starting an OT career. The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education has mandated that the entry-level degree requirement for the occupational therapist move to the doctoral level by July 1, 2027. Currently, master’s degrees in OT are available from the following Minnesota institutions: College of St. Scholastica, St. Catherine University, and the University of Minnesota.
The American Occupational Therapy Foundation administers over 50 scholarships from corporate sponsors, state associations, and endowments.
Optometrists are primary-care doctors who treat and manage ocular disorders, diseases, and injuries of the eye. One of the fastest growing fields in the nation with nearsightedness on the rise and a growing aging population, optometrists are able to make meaningful connections with patients and find an appropriate work-life balance.
This comprehensive list of accredited schools and colleges of optometry in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico is provided by the American Optometric Student Association (AOSA), an affiliate of the American Optometric Association (AOA). The AOA represents more than 44,000 doctors of optometry (O.D.s), optometric professionals, and optometry students, and serves as a great resource for information on the ever-changing field of optometry.
The Pharmacy School Admissions Requirements provides information on each pharmacy school, admissions requirements, and selection criteria.
Physical therapists are health care professionals who diagnose and treat individuals of all ages who have medical problems or other health-related conditions that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives. The American Physical Therapy Association provides an overview of educational programs and questions to consider when selecting a program.
Regional PT Program Prerequisites
A physician assistant (PA) is a nationally certified and state-licensed medical professional who practices medicine as a member of a healthcare team with physicians and other providers. The American Academy of Physician Assistants provides general information on how to become a PA. PA programs typically require an application through the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) sponsored by the Physician Assistant Education Association and a supplemental application.
Regional PA Program Prerequisites
Public health promotes and protects the health of people and the communities where they live, learn, work and play. To find a program, visit the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health.
This website is a comprehensive resource for veterinary school. You can use it to both research and apply to schools. (The site links to VMCAS, one application that can be used to apply to multiple schools—a great time saver.) But be careful when navigating this site! Clicking on the links in the left sidebar provides different results than hovering over those same links, and both methods provide important information. Explore thoroughly! And check the application requirements for each school. Most of them require the GRE (and some the GRE bio subject test), but some will accept the MCAT instead.