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Professional/Graduate Programs in NC: Health and Human Services

Dentistry - 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?

Social Work (Masters) - help people solve and cope with problems in their everyday lives. One group of social workers—clinical social workers—also diagnose and treat mental, behavioral, and emotional issues.