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Health Professions

Profession Overviews

Allopathic Medicine Physicians (M.D.s) and Osteopathic Medicine Physicians (D.O.s)

Allopathic Medicine Physicians (M.D.s) and Osteopathic Medicine Physicians (D.O.s) diagnose and care for people of all ages who are ill or have been injured. Doctors are interested in science, the intricacies of the human body’s systems, and care deeply about helping people to relieve pain, restore health, and promote well-being.
Handout: MD vs OS

Anesthesiology Assistants

Anesthesiology Assistants work under the direction of licensed anesthesiologists as part of anesthesia care team to design and implement anesthesia care plans.

Athletic Trainers

Athletic Trainers are multi-skilled health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.


Audiologists are licensed health-care professionals who provide patient-centered care in the prevention, identification, diagnosis, and evidence-based treatment of hearing, balance and other auditory disorders for people of all ages.


Chiropractors are primary care professionals who uses a wide variety of techniques and approaches to relieve pain, increase mobility and optimize performance through safe and effective spinal adjustments and manipulation.


Dentists diagnose, treat, and help prevent diseases, injuries and malformations of the teeth and mouth.

Occupational Therapists

Occupational Therapists is a health and wellness profession that assists people in developing the skills they need to participate in everyday life where they live, learn, work and play.


Optometrists are primary-care doctors who diagnose and treat disorders of the eye.


Pharmacists play a vital role on the healthcare team through the medicine and information they provide to other providers and to patients by focusing on safe and effective medication use.

Physical Therapists

Physical Therapists are evidence-based healthcare 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.

Physician Assistants

Physician Assistants are medical providers who are licensed to diagnose and treat illness and disease, and to prescribe medication for patients, working in a variety of settings.

Podiatric Medicine Doctors/Surgeons

Podiatric Medicine Doctors/Surgeons are qualified by their education and training to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle and related structures of the leg.


Veterinarians are medical professionals who protect the health and well-being of both animals and people by diagnosing and controlling animal diseases and treating sick and injured animals.


Additional healthcare careers exist beyond those listed above. Students are encouraged to use the following websites to further explore various health professions: ExploreHealthCareers.orgNAAHP Health Professions Links, and the CAAHEP Allied Health Program List.