There are numerous careers in health professions. This page is aimed to give you an overview of what those careers are. 

Allopathic Medicine - 

A system in which medical doctors and other healthcare professionals (such as nurses, pharmacists and therapists) that treat symptoms and diseases using drugs, radiation, or surgery.

Athletic Training -

Healthcare professions who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. 

Audiology, Speech and Language Pathology-

 Assess, diagnose, treat, and help to prevent communication and swallowing disorders in patients.

Cardiac Rehab

A cardiac rehab specialistor therapist, works with patients who have had heart surgery orwho have chronicheart disease or chronic lung disease. A cardiac rehab therapist developsnutrition, exercise, and education programs to promote wellness and strengthenpatients who have had heart surgery or who have chronic heart disease. Their work caninclude nutritional guidance, group and individual exercise programs,strength training, and blood pressure and heart rate analysis.Rehabilitationtherapists typically work in hospitals or clinics, butmay also provide in-home service.

 Chiropractic -

Primary care professional for spinal health and well-being. They are interested in and care for the whole person. Chiropractic is a natural conservative form of health care.


The process by which a professional counselor helps a person cope with mental or emotional distress, and understand and solve personal problems.


Provides preventative and restorative care to keep people healthy and to alleviate pain and treat patients' oral health needs.


Emergency medical technicians (EMT) and paramedics are trained to administer on-site emergency care. They assess the patient's injuries or illness, provide emergency treatment, and transport the patient to a medical facility for further treatment. 

Genetic Counseling

Genetic counselors help individuals and families considering undergoing genetic testing by helping them identify their risks for certain disorders, investigate family health history, interpret information and determine if testing is needed. The genetic counseling process helps people understand and adapt to the medical, psychological and familial implications of genetic contributions to disease.

Medical Laboratory Science

A medical laboratory scientist (MLS),works to analyze a variety of biological specimens.They are responsible forperforming scientific testing on samples and reportingresults to physicians. Medical laboratory scientists perform tests on patientsamples using sophisticated equipment like microscopes. The data they findplays an important role in identifying and treating cancer, heart disease,diabetes, and other medical conditions.

Naturopathic Medicine-

 Is a distinct primary health care profession, emphasizing prevention, treatment and optimal health through the use of therapeutic methods and substances which encourage the person's inherent self -healing process, the vis medicatrix naturae.

Occupational Therapy-

Is a health and wellness profession that assists people in developing the skills that they need in everyday life where they live, learn, work and play. Occupational Therapists distinct value is to improve health and quality of life through facilitating participation and engagement in occupations.


The primary healthcare practice for the eye and the front line protectors of vision. 

Osteopathic Medicine

Provides all of the benefits of modern medicine including prescription drugs, surgery, and the use of technology to diagnose disease and evaluate injury. It also offers the benefit of hands-on diagnosis and treatment through a system of therapy known as osteopathic manipulative medicine.


Pharmacists play a vital role on the healthcare team through the medicine and information they provide to other providers and patients. Pharmacists can practice and specialize in any area of healthcare and while responsibilities vary among different areas of pharmacy practices, the bottom line is that pharmacists help patients get well.

Physical Therapy-

The practice of health care professionals who examine, diagnosis, and treat conditions that limit the body's ability to move and function in daily life. A primary role of physical therapists is to develop a plan of care and apply proven techniques to improve or restore mobility.

Physician Assistant-

Practice medicine in collaboration with physicians. They take medical histories, conduct physical exams, diagnosis and treat illness, write prescriptions, deliver babies and assist in surgeries.


The health professional who works independently, utilizes x-rays and laboratory tests and diagnostic purposes, prescribes medications, orders physical therapy, sets fractures and performs surgery.

Public Health-

professionals focus on preventing disease and injury while promoting healthy life styles.

Respiratory Therapist

Respiratory therapists help people who suffer from chronic respiratory diseases like asthma, bronchitis and emphysema. People who have had heart attacks or who have sleep disorders and infants who are born prematurely might also need respiratory therapy to help them breathe more easily. They also provide emergency care to patients suffering from heart attacks, drowning or shock


 *New residency requirements - 24 months

The Board of Regents changed the residency requirement for WWAMI/WICHE/MN Dental. Qualified applicants will now have to demonstrate 24 months of residency (students can only be part-time status to qualify). See attached policy


updated 07/2021