Exploring the Health Professions

Learn more about graduate & professional school in the health professions, along with professional associations.

Not sure where to start? Check out ExploreHealthCareers.org!

Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC): central site for information about, and application to, allopathic (MD) medical schools

American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM): central site for information about, and application to, osteopathic (DO) medical schools

Texas Medical and Dental Schools Application Service (TMDSAS): centralized application for public Texas medical, dental, and vet med schools

Note: TMDSAS does not grant fee waivers

​​​​​​​MD-PhD Dual Degree Training: AAMC’s site about MD-PhD programs

AT Each Moment: Learn about athletic training careers, degree options, and programs

Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE): information about degree tracks and programs

ATCAS: centralized application service for athletic training programs

National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA): information about certification for athletic trainers

Association of Chiropractic Colleges: information about chiropractic education and careers

ChiroCAS: central application site for chiropractic programs

American Dental Education Association: central site for information about dental schools

American Dental Association: information for high school and college students pursuing careers in dentistry

AADSAS: central application site for dental school

National Society of Genetic Counselors: extensive information about the role of genetic counselors

Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling: directory of U.S. and Canadian programs

Association of Genetic Counseling Program Directors: application and match information

Genetic Counseling National Match: key dates and instructions for completing your Rank Order list

Regional Associations offering training & resources for students:

Association of University Programs in Health Administration: resources for students interested in health administration; note that HAMPCAS, the central application site, is linked from this site

Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Schools: information about naturopathic medicine and programs; note that application instructions are available on this site

American Association of Colleges of Nursing: information about nursing degrees; note that NursingCAS, the central site to apply to nursing programs, can be found on this site

Accelerated BSN and Entry-Level MSN degrees: information about nursing pathways for individuals holding a Bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field, plus a searchable database of programs

Pathways Into Nursing: Degree options for students at various levels for RN certification

NursingCAS: centralized application service for nursing programs

Info Sessions for Nursing Programs: virtual and in-person events to learn about nursing schools

American College of Nurse-Midwives: information about becoming a nurse-midwife and the national certification process

American Occupational Therapy Association: information about the field of occupational therapy

Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education: information about the profession, programs, and accreditation status, plus program directory

OTCAS: central application site for occupational therapy programs

Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry: information about optometry and schools of optometry

OptomCAS: central application site for optometry programs. Note: OptomCAS does not currently have a fee waiver/assistance program

Future Eye Doc: explore the field of optometry

Optometry Admissions: a guide to the world of optometry school

American Physical Therapy Association: information about the field of physical therapy

PTCAS: central application site for physical therapy programs

American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy: information about pharmacy education and careers

Pre-pharmacy Requirements

PharmGrad: training options and programs in pharmacy

PharmCAS: central application site for pharmacy programs 

Become a PA: information about the training and certification process from the American Academy of Physician Associates (AAPA)

Physician Assistant Education Association: information about physician assistant practice and programs

CASPA: central application site for physician assistant programs

PAEA Program Directory: searchable directory of all physician assistant degree programs

PAMO/PASO: national database of PAs willing to mentor or provide shadowing opportunities

American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine: information and application portal for podiatry

AACPM Career Center: learn more about the field, apply to summer internships, and research DPM programs

Explore Pod Med:  the most up-to-date information from DPM schools, events, and many other details about the profession. Note: This resource replaces the College Information Book (CIB)

Step Into Podiatry: explore the profession, find a mentor, and research schools

DPM Mentors Network: find a podiatrist to shadow

AACPM Application Service (AACPMAS): centralized application service for podiatric medicine programs

AAMC Postbaccalaureate Resource Page: information to help you decide if a postbac is right for you, including a searchable database of career-changer and record-enhancer postbac programs

AACOM Postbaccalaureate Premedical Programs: programs offered by the nation’s osteopathic medical schools to enhance your application

NAAHP’s Postbaccalaureate Program Information: answers to common questions and a glossary of frequently used terms

PostbacCAS: centralized application service for many postbaccalaureate programs

Explore the field of public health and learn more about graduate programs, including the Master of Public Health Cooperative Degree Program through the University of Iowa College of Public Health

Be An RT: Find your path, explore resources, and get connected

More RTs: celebrate the specialized skill of RTs on the front lines

American Association for Respiratory Care: learn about the training, profession, and scholarships

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care: find an accredited program

America Speech-Language-Hearing Association: learn about the profession and certification

Hearing + Speech Careers: explore CSD careers and plan your education

ASHA EdFind: find accredited graduate programs

CSDCAS: centralized application service for Audiology and SLP programs

Prerequisite Course Content Areas: liberal arts and SLP courses needed to apply to graduate programs. Note that some direct-entry Masters programs will allow you to complete SLP courses in a bridge semester after an offer of admission

Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC): information about veterinary medicine and vet schools

VMCAS: central application site for vet school

Vet School Student Engagement System (VSES): monthly AAVMC newsletter with customized pathways for first/second-year students and juniors/seniors/graduates

Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC): information about veterinary medicine and vet schools