Prehealth Professions

Professions/Career Tracks

Susquehanna’s Prehealth Professions Program helps put you on the right path for the following fields:

Note:  Students interested in pursuing an allied health career, such as occupational therapy, nursing or laboratory technology also can benefit from the Prehealth Professions Program at Susquehanna. Students will be advised of coursework and internship options best fitting those graduate school/career paths.

Medicine

Physicians diagnose illnesses and prescribe and administer treatment for people suffering from injury or disease. They examine patients, obtain medical histories, and order, perform, and interpret diagnostic tests. They also counsel patients on diet, hygiene and preventive health care. Physicians work in one or more of several specialties, including but not limited to, anesthesiology, family and general medicine, general internal medicine, general pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, psychiatry, and surgery.

Years of professional school required:  4, plus 3–8 years of internship and residency, depending on the specialty selected.

Degree: Doctor of Medicine (M.D.), Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.).

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Dentistry

Dentists evaluate, diagnose, and treat diseases, disorders and conditions of the teeth and adjacent structures. They also educate patients about prevention techniques.

Years of professional school required:

Degree: Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.), Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D)

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Veterinary Medicine

Veterinarians are concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention or diseases in animals. They also advise owners on the proper care of animals and are often involved in the preservation of wildlife.

Years of professional school required:

Degree:  Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.), Veterinary Medical Doctor (V.M.D.)

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Audiology

Audiologists specialize in diagnosing, managing and treating hearing and balanced-related disorders. They use earware devices, such as programmable and digital hearing aids, to treat patients from birth to adulthood.

Years of professional school required:
Degree: Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.)

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Chiropractic Medicine

Chiropractors treat patients with health problems of the musculoskeletal system and treat the effects of those problems on the nervous system and on general health. Many chiropractic treatments deal specifically with the spine and the manipulation of the spine.

Years of professional school required:
Degree: Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.)

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Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists use treatments to develop, recover, or maintain the daily living and work skills of their patients. They help individuals perform all types of activities, from using a computer to caring for such needs as dressing, cooking, and eating.

Years of professional school required: 2-3, depending on the program selected
Degree: Master’s

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Optometry

Optometrists provide vision care. They find eye diseases and vision problems through various tests and prescribe drugs, eyeglasses and contact lenses to help treat vision problems.

Years of professional school required: 4, plus 1 year of internship and potential of residency in surgical specialties.
Degree: Doctor of Optometry (O.D.)

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Pharmacy

Pharmacists distribute prescription drugs to individuals. They also advise their patients, as well as physicians and other health practitioners, on the selection, dosages, interactions, and side effects of medications.

Years of professional school required: 3- 4, depending on the program selected
Degree: Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.)

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Physical Therapy

Physical therapists help restore function, improve mobility, relieve pain, and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities of patients suffering from injuries or disease. Their focus is on neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction.

Years of professional school required: 3
Degree: Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.)

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Physician Assistant

Physician assistants are formally trained to provide diagnostic, therapeutic and preventive health care services, as delegated and supervised by a physician. They take medical histories, examine and treat patients, order and interpret laboratory tests and x-rays, and make diagnoses.

Years of professional school required: 2-3, depending on the program selected
Degree: Master’s

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Podiatric Medicine

Podiatrists are devoted to the study and treatment of disorders of the foot and ankle. They independently diagnose, treat, and prescribe medicine or orthopedic devices for disorders of the foot. They may also perform minor surgery.

Years of professional school required: 4, plus 1 year of internship and potential of residency in surgical specialties
Degree: Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (D.P.M.)

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Public Health

Professionals in this field manage complex health issues, such as improving access to health care, controlling infectious disease and reducing environmental hazards, violence, substance abuse, and injury. They work to create healthy communities through education and prevention programs.

Years of professional school required:  2 years
Degree: Master of Public Health (M.P.H.)

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