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Health and Human Services Professional Careers/Graduate Programs

Interested in a graduate career in health care? The Student Success Center wants our students to be successful in taking all the graduate pre-requisite courses prior to graduation. If you are interested in learning more about the specific graduate school requirements, explore links below to learn more.


Diagnose and treat problems with patients teeth, gums, and related parts of the mouth; provide advice and instruction on taking care of the teeth and gums and on diet choices that affect oral health. Programs are 4 years. Median annual wage was $ 159,770 in 2016.

Medicine (MD and DO)

Diagnose and treat injuries or illnesses. Physicians examine patients; take medical histories; prescribe medications; and order, perform, and interpret diagnostic tests. Surgeons operate on patients to treat injuries. Programs are typically 4 years of medical school, and, depending on the specialty, 3 to 7 years in residency programs. Median annual wage was $208,000 in 2016.

Nurse Practitioner

Coordinate patient care and may provide primary and specialty healthcare. Median annual wage was $107,460 in 2016. PA vs. NP?

Occupational Therapy

Treat injured, ill, or disabled patients through the therapeutic use of everyday activities; help these patients develop, recover, and improve the skills needed for daily living and working. Programs are 2-2.5 years with 3.5-3.67 Average GPAs. Median annual wage was $81,910 in 2016. PT vs. OT?

Physical Therapy

Help injured or ill people improve their movement and manage their pain; part of the rehabilitation, treatment, and prevention of patients with chronic conditions, illnesses, or injuries. Programs are 3 years with 3.3-3.72 Average GPAs. Median annual wage was $85,400 in 2016. PT vs. OT?

Physician Assistant

Practice medicine on teams with physicians, surgeons, and other healthcare workers; examine, diagnose, and treat patients. Programs are 2-2.5 years with 3.44-3.7 Average GPAs. Median annual wage was $101,480 in 2016. PA vs. NP?