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Allied Health is an umbrella term for any healthcare profession distinct from medicine, pharmacy, and nursing. Allied Health careers currently make up 60% of the total US healthcare workforce — and is growing! These careers include physician assistants, physical therapists, occupational therapists, anesthesia assistants, and genetic counselors, as well as other areas and specialties.

Optometry involves much more than just prescribing and fitting eyeglasses and contact lenses. ODs are trained to evaluate any patient’s visual condition and to determine the best treatment for that condition. Optometrists are not medical doctors.

Nursing is one of the most popular health careers. Nurses are critical because they expand access to care, improve the quality and safety of healthcare, and reduce healthcare costs.  The profession of nursing offers a wide variety of career opportunities through multiple levels of education and professional practice.

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The links below provide basic information for students interested in attending a variety of healthcare programs. Please see the side-bar for additional links that contain more in-depth information about applicant credentials, required coursework, and the process for applying to these programs.

Helpful Handouts for Pre-Allied Health, Nursing, & Optometry Students

Helpful PowerPoints for Pre-Allied Health, Nursing, & Optometry Students