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Career Paths in Health Professions

From forensic science to informatics to medicine, the opportunities in health careers are as exciting as they are diverse. With a bachelor’s degree from University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis you will be prepared to pursue a career that engages your skills and interest and inspires you.

A few popular career and graduate studies paths include:

Physician (M.D.)

There are two paths to become a physician — a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) or a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.). A career in medicine offers a number of specialties to pursue during training leading to a fulfilling career that compliments your skills and puts your passion into practice.

To learn about how a University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis education prepares graduates for medical school, read "2019 Graduate Begins Medical School at the University of Missouri School of Medicine."


As the experts in the science of hearing, balance and related disorders, clinical audiologists practice in a variety of settings and have the opportunity to specialize in a number of areas including pediatrics, geriatrics, balance, cochlear implants, and more.


Dentists are at the forefront of new developments from dental implants to computer-generated imaging and are integral in the early detection of oral cancer among other conditions of the mouth.

Through a partnership with A.T. Still University Missouri School of Dentistry and Oral Health, students at the University benefit from having three reserved interview invitations per academic year for the Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) program.

Learn more about the Dental Medicine program.


From entry-level practitioner to doctoral-level researcher, nursing provides many career opportunities. After a three-year registered nurse degree, you will be equipped to enter the workforce, or may continue to pursue a Master of Science in Nursing or doctoral program.

Students can earn their BSN through a dual enrollment partnership between the University and Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College.

Learn more about our Bachelor of Nursing program.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists help people of all ages to fully engage in their daily lives. As an occupational therapist you will have an ever expanding list of specialties at your disposal.

Through a partnership with Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, students have two pathways to obtain their master’s or doctoral degree in occupational Therapy.

Learn more about the Occupational Therapy program.


Ranked as one of the most rewarding careers, according to U.S. News & World Report, a career in optometry is filled with opportunity as the field continues to advance and expand its scope.

Ideal majors to pursue this career include our Bachelors of Science in Biomedical Sciences and Pharmaceutical Sciences with an emphasis in Health Sciences.


A career in pharmacy is dynamic with many opportunities to specialize from veterinary medicine to oncology.

Through our Doctor of Pharmacy, you will be prepared to pursue a residency or jump headfirst into a fulfilling career in pharmacy.

Learn more about our Doctor of Pharmacy program.

Physical Therapy

Physical therapists diagnose and treat patients of all ages with conditions that limit their abilities to move and engage their daily lives and practice in a variety of settings including hospitals, private practices, outpatient clinics, fitness centers and more.

Through a partnership with Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis our graduates are guaranteed admission into their 3-year Doctor of Physical Therapy program, as long as all requirements are met.

Learn more about the Physical Therapy program.

Physician Assistant

Physician assistants collaborate with licensed physicians to provide high-quality health care through the diagnosing and treating illness and disease and prescribing medication to patients.

You must graduate from an accredited physician assistant program, pass the national certification exam and become licensed in the state you wish to practice.

Public Health

Public health experts are key in emergency preparedness and response, which has spurred growth in the field. Careers in public health cover a wide spectrum of professions and provide diverse opportunities in many sectors from federal to private to nongovernmental organizations.

Our Bachelors of Arts in Global Humanities or Medical Humanities, as well as our Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Chemistry, as well as the University’s master’s in global health and equity, will build an ideal foundation to pursue the degrees necessary for a career in public health.

Veterinary Medicine

The demand for veterinarians with postgraduate education in specialties such as molecular biology, laboratory animal medicine, toxicology, immunology, diagnostic pathology or environmental medicine is rising.

To practice, veterinarians must have a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M. or V.M.D.) from an accredited college of veterinary medicine and be licensed.

Learn how our academic programs prepare you for a fulfilling career in health professions.

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