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Careers in Allied Health

Allied health professionals provide medical services such as treatment, diagnostic procedures, prevention, educate patients and work in conjunction with physicians. The demand for allied health careers is growing.

There are many different career choices in Allied Health such as dietary and nutrition services, respiratory therapists, diagnostic medical personnel, health information technologists; health educators, pharmacy, physical therapy, chiropractic, nursing, physician assistants and speech-language pathologist. For more information on allied health professions, visit the explore health careers.

Nursing

Nurses are the frontline to primary patient care, they attain and preserve the health of patients. Nurses generally practice in community health centers, hospitals, nursing homes, as well as patient homes. Nurses collaborate with a team of healthcare professionals and can choose from a wide range of specialties.

Pomona College does not offer a traditional four-year undergraduate nursing degree; we contribute to your success with guidance during your college years and during the time of your application to nursing programs.

Quick Facts: Registered Nurses

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics   

Category Details

2018 Median Pay

Salaries equal to $71,730 per year or $34.48 per hour.

Typical Entry-Level Education

Bachelor's degree.

Work Environment

Often work in hospitals, physicians’ offices, home healthcare services, and nursing care facilities. Others work in outpatient clinics and schools, or serve in the military.

Medical Specialties

Clinical nurse specialist, Nurse anesthetist, Nurse midwife, Nurse practitioner.

Professional Association

Paths You Can Take

  • Accelerated Master of Science in Nursing (A-MSN) or Direct Entry BSN-MSN
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (BSN)
  • Registered Nurse (RN) or Advanced Practice Registered Nursing (APRN)
  • Diploma from an approved nursing program

Common Prerequisite Courses

  • Anatomy
  • Chemistry (Organic/BioChem)
  • Microbiology
  • Nutrition
  • Physiology
  • Psychology
  • Statistics
  • Sociology

Nursing schools have a wide range of requirements, and states have varying licensing requirements. See each school of interest for specific requirements.

Entrance Exams

GRE

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Speech and Language Pathology

Speech-Language Pathologists (SPL) focus on a range of verbal and nonverbal communication. They assess, diagnose and treat children and adults. SPL’s work with individuals who have difficulty with speech, language, social and cognitive-communication, as well as individuals with swallowing disorders.

Quick Facts: Speech-Language Therapists

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Category Details

2018 Median Pay

Salaries equal to $77,510 per year or $37.26 per hour.

Typical Entry-Level Education

Master's degree.

Work Environment

Some work in schools. Most others work in healthcare facilities, such as hospitals.

Medical Specialties

N/A

Professional Association

How to Become a Speech Language Pathologist?

  • Earn a graduate degree
  • Complete a supervised postgraduate clinical fellowship
  • Get a passing score on a national examination. State Licensing Information

Prerequisites

  • Biological Sciences
  • Physical Sciences
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences
  • Statistics

Entrance Exam

GRE

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Physician Assistant

A Physician Assistant (PA) practices medicine under the direction of a physician, and alongside surgeons and other healthcare professionals. PA’s responsibilities include conducting physical exams, diagnosing and treating illnesses, order and interpret tests, counsel on preventive health care, assist in surgery, and writing prescriptions.

Quick Facts: Physician Assistants

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics        

Category Details

2018 Median Pay

Salaries equal to $108,610 per year  or $52.22 per hour.

Typical Entry-Level Education

Master's degree.

Work Environment

Work in physicians’ offices, hospitals, outpatient clinics, and other healthcare settings.

Medical Specialties

Specialties for PA

Professional Association

How to Become a Physician Assistant?

  • Graduate from accredited PA program
  • Pass the national certification exam
  • Obtain a license in the state in which you wish to practice.

Prerequisite Courses

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Microbiology
  • Healthcare Clinical Hours (e.g.: EMT, CNA)

Entrance Exams

  • The GRE is a standardized test designed to test your capacity to master graduate level information in three main areas: analytical writing, verbal reasoning, and quantitative reasoning.
  • Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE)

Gain Experience

Many applicants gain experience by being a scribe, certified nursing assistant, a phlebotomist, or a patient care technician. 1,000 hours of experience in any of these professions is strongly recommended.

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