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1 Careers in the Allied Health Sciences Julian Smith III Fall 2014 So you don’t want to be an MD or a Dentist or a Veterinarian, but you want to work in Healthcare…

2 Doctorate in Audiology Prevent, diagnose, evaluate, and treat hearing disorders in settings ranging from private practice through hospitals and schools Entry-level clinical doctorate Four-year program with a one-year externship in the fourth year No schools in SC (73 nationwide) ECU, UNC-CH, Auburn, USoAL Entry (O.U. @ Athens) GRE 1000 min (verbal + quant) GPA 3.0 min Bachelor’s degree with specific courses in science, math, and psychology Mean salary ~$76-87k (clinical doctorate) Job growth: faster than average www.asha.org http://www.ohiou.edu/hearingspeech/aud.htm#application

3 Speech/Language Pathology Treatment of communication and swallowing disorders Post-baccalaureate Masters’ program @ USC 2 Schools in SC (SC State, USC) 7 semesters (USC) Entry Bachelor’s degree GPA (3.5 overall and in science prerequisites) GRE 500/500 Job growth: slightly above average Median salary $66,900 www.asha.org http://www.musc.edu/chp/csd/index.htm

4 Cytotechnology/Cytopathology Tissue recovery (including Fine-needle aspiration biopsies), microscopic or molecular evaluation of cells and diagnosis of potential malignancy 36 Programs nationwide No program in South Carolina One in Charlotte at CPCC www1.cpcc.edu/health_sciences/cytotechnology Entry Bachelors degree 20 hours in Biology, 8 Chemistry, 3 Mathematics Average salaries $61k(staff) to $71k (supervisory) www.asct.com http://www.musc.edu/chp/cb/index.htm

5 Medical Technology aka “Medical Laboratory Scientist” Perform (largely automated) evaluations of blood, urine, sputum and other body-fluid samples for diagnostic purposes Post-baccalaureate program, either Bachelor’s plus certification or Master’s 228 programs nationwide 3 in SC (2 in Columbia, 1 in Florence) 1 in Charlotte, NC Entry (Palmetto Health Baptist, Columbia) Bachelor’s degree GPA 2.75 minimum 16hrs Chem, 10hrs Biol, 3hrs Math Median salary $56k www.naacls.org/ http://www.carolinascollege.edu/Academic/medical_tech.cfm

6 Orthotics/Prosthetics Build and fit medical support devices Clinical Baccalaureate or Master’s Plus one-year residency 2 Master’s programs nationwide Applicants (GA Tech) Bachelor’s degree with req’d courses in Math and Science GPA (ave 3.4) GRE exam Job growth: average Median income: $65k www.opcareers.org Men’s 100m finish, London Paralympics (10.9 sec)

7 Occupational Therapy Help patients regain skills for daily living following injury, illness, or disability Clinical Master’s 155 schools nationwide 1 in SC (MUSC) Clinical Doctorate 5 schools nationwide Admissions (MUSC) Bachelor’s degree GRE exam GPA minimum 3.0 Job growth: much faster than average Median income: $72k http://www.aota.org/ http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/occupational- therapists.htm

8 Physical Therapy Restore and improve both motion and function following impairment (injury, surgery, disease) Approx. 202 programs nationwide –2 in SC (USC, MUSC) Clinical Doctorate Entry –Bachelor’s degree –60 hrs pre-requisite courses –GRE exam –MINIMUM 40 hours’ work experience Job growth: much faster than average Median salary $76k www.apta.org http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/physical-therapists.htm

9 Optometry Diagnose and correct defects in vision; treat injuries to the eye Responsible for most primary care involving the eyes; third largest health-care career nationwide Clinical doctorate; generally prescribe corrective lenses, some medications, and conduct limited surgical procedures 4-year program 20 schools nationwide (plus one in Puerto Rico) Entry (varies by school) 90 hours up to Bachelor’s degree Prerequsite courses = PreMed Optometry Admission Test (OAT) Job growth: much faster than average Median income $94,900 www.opted.org/ http://www.opted.org/

10 Osteopathic Medicine Holistic approach to medical practice (but still prescribe drugs, perform surgery, etc) Includes training in Osteopathic Manipulation, which is used to alleviate pain About 7% of physicians (20% of medical students) 29 schools Applicants (2011) Bachelor’s degree with req’d courses in Math and Science GPA (ave 3.41) MCAT (ave 25.7) Job growth: faster than average Median income (1°care physician) $202k www.aacom.org http://www.aacom.org/om.html

11 Physician’s Assistant Practice medicine under the supervision of an MD or DO Post-baccalaureate Master’s plus licensure Approx. 164 entry-level programs nationwide –1 in SC (MUSC) –Seven postgrad/residency programs nationwide Admissions (MUSC) Bachelor’s degree 90 hours in Biol, Chem & Math GRE exam Job growth: much faster than average Median salary $86k www.aapa.org/ http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/physician-assistants.htm

12 Pharmacy Patient counseling, drug interaction advice, OTC medication advice—and filling prescriptions… Clinical doctorate Approx 126 schools nationwide Three in SC At SCCP 4 year program Entry: PCAT, GPA 3.6 ave. accepted Median income: $111k Job growth: faster than average ww.aacp.org

13 Perfusion Technology Operates Heart/lung machine, also chemotherapy and dialysis Baccalaureate-level program About 16 schools in US 2-year (21 months or five semesters) Entry requirements (MUSC) 60 hours college work Minimum 2.5 GPA SAT/ACT scores Shadowing Salary range $65k-$98k and up http://www.amsect.org/ http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/chp/cp/cvpmain.h tm http://www.musc.edu/perfusion/

14 For more info: Bench to Bedside (B2B) Ross University (School of Medicine and School of Vet Medicine) Sept 25 2014: 11:00 AM in Sims 215 SC Combined College of Pharmacy October 23, 2014: 11:00 AM in Sims 215 MUSC Dental Day (at MUSC) October 23, 2014: Contact me to register Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (Georgia Campus) November 13, 2014: 11:00 AM in Sims 215


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