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Health Professions

Navigate the links below to find more information and resources about specific health programs and professions.

Athletic training

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 for more information on how to become an athletic trainer.

Regional Athletic Program Prerequisites

St. Scholastica

MSU Mankato

Chiropractic Medicine

According to the Association of Chiropractic Colleges, chiropractic focuses on the relationship between the body’s main structures – the skeleton, the muscles and the nerves – and the patient’s health. Chiropractors believe that health can be improved and preserved by making adjustments to these structures. More information for prospective students can be found at their website.

Dental School

American Dental Education Association

The ADEA is the voice of dental education. ADEA provides information on the admissions process, deciding where to apply, and how to prepare to submit the AADSAS application.

Dr. Naty Lopez, Assistant Dean for Admissions & Diversity at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, speaks on Building a Competitive Application.

Dental Therapy

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.


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

University of Minnesota

Creighton University

University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine

Medical College of Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin

The American Medical Association’s Med School page

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

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.

Student Doc

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).

U.S. Medical Schools for International Students

American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM)

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:

A.T. Still-Kirksville

Des Moines University

Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences

Michigan State University

New York Institute of Technology

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Western University of Health Sciences-Pomona

MN Pre-Student Osteopathic Medical Association Regional Chapter (MN Pre-SOMA)

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



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. See their website for more information on education resources.

There are three schools in Minnesota which offer entry-level Master’s programs:

Metropolitan State University

Saint Catherine University

University of Minnesota


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 American Occupational Therapy Foundation administers over 50 scholarships from corporate sponsors, state associations, and endowments.


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.


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.

The Minnesota Academy of Physician Assistants (MAPA) promotes quality, cost effective, accessible health care, and promotes the professional and personal development of Minnesota physician assistants. MAPA offers first-year PA student scholarships and can aide in locating a PA to shadow.

Regional PA Program Prerequisites

Augsburg University

Bethel University

College of St. Scholastica

Des Moines University

St. Catherine University


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.


Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges

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.