Career Planning & Internships

Allied Health students are highly encouraged to volunteer or conduct internships in the areas they plan on pursuing.

Career Planning

To choose a career path:

 

Volunteer Positions

GaelNation Online- Join to access the SMC Alumni Directory for potential internship and shadowing opportunities.

  • Follow this link

  • Register

  • conduct an advance search ot find alumni by occupation

LinkedIn SMC provides a listing of alumni that can be contacted for potential internship and shadowing opportunities.

Peer Health Exchange- This is an opportunity to teach health education in local public schools. To speak to someone about getting involved on campus, please contact sasherschapiro@peerhealthexchange.org

Internships- to find internship opportunities in a wide range of fields.

Volunteer Match- to find local volunteer opportunities such as at hospitals, clincis, and hospice.

 

Paid Positions- apply in Nov for summer positions

Health Career Connection- to find resources on health careers and apply for a summer internship in the Bay Area

Explore Health Careers is a comprehensive website that includes news, career information, paid internship opportunities, profiles of various professionals and more.

GaelLink provides job listing to SMC students and alum.

 

Graduate School Resources

My Health Career Navigator provides resources and information about health care careers and paid summer internships in health-related fields.

Explore Health Careers is a comprehensive website that includes news, career information, internship listings, profiles of various professionals and more.  

The Occupational Outlook Handbook contains job descriptions, education & training requirements, job outlook, earnings, and links to professional associations.

The US News and World Report provides graduate school rankings, entrance exam stats, and graduate salary data.

 

Graduate School Prerequisites

Chiropractic Medicine

Chiropractors are practitioners of complementary medicine based on the diagnosis and manipulative treatment of misalignments of the joints. Chiropractic colleges and Chiros.org provide information about the profession as well as links to chiropractic colleges and the application service ChiroCAS.

Degree: Doctor of Chiropractic

Exam: GRE

Application Website: https://portal.chirocas.org/

Prerequisites: Science: 24 semester credits of science, with half of those credits with corresponding labs

 

Dental Hygienist

A dental hygienist is a licensed dental professional, registered with a dental association, or regulatory body within their country of practice. See the American Dental Hygienist Association for more information.

Degree: Associate’s Degree in Dental Hygiene

Website: http://www.dentalcareersedu.org/california/california-dental-hygienist/  http://www.kpsahs.org/

Prerequisites:

A.  Biology:  biology, anatomy, physiology

B.  Chemistry: general chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry

C.  English: english

D. Kinesiology: nutrition

E. Sociology: introductory sociology

 

Emergency Medical Technicians & Paramedics

EMTs are sent to emergencies by specially trained dispatchers who maintain radio contact or patch them through to medical professionals for ongoing instructions. Following procedures, they examine victims to determine the nature and extent of injury or illness and administer first aid and emergency basic life support, such as giving oxygen and doing cardiopulmonary resuscitation. They may use special equipment, such as backboards, to immobilize patients before placing them on stretchers and securing them in the ambulance for transport to a medical facility.

Certification: Paramedic

Exam: California Emergency Medical Services Authority Exam

Website: On becoming an EMT or Paramedic in California http://www.labormarketinfo.edd.ca.gov/occguides/Detail.aspx?Soccode=292041&geography=0601000000

 

Genetic Counseling

The National Society of Genetics Counselors, Inc. “promotes the professional interests of genetic counselors and provides a network for professional communication.” NSGC.org provides career information, news, links to genetics counseling programs and more.

Degree: Masters of Science in Genetic Counseling

Exam: GRE

Website: http://www.nsgc.org/

Prerequisites:

A.  Biology: biology, genetics

B.  Chemistry: general chemistry, organic chemistry (2 semesters), biochemistry

 

Health Administration

The Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) vision is “to develop leaders to drive in the health system.” AUPHA.org offers resources for future and current students, faculty and program directors. You and your students can find links to events, undergraduate and graduate health administration programs and the centralized application service, HAMPCAS.

Degree: Masters in Health Administration

Exam: GRE

Website: http://www.aupha.org/home

Prerequisites: statistics

 

Nursing

AACN.edu provides career & admissions information, links to nursing programs, and to the application service NursingCAS.

The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) provides information on education, research and conferences, as well as links to nurse practitioner programs.

Registered Nurse

Degree: Bachelors of Nursing for Registered Nurse

Association: National Nurses United

Test: Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) or HESI exam

Prerequisites (vary by program):

A.  Biology:  biology, anatomy, physiology, microbiology (take in fall)

B. Chemistry: general chemistry, 1 semester organic chemistry (for micro)

C.  Math: statistics

D.  Psychology: human development

E.  Kinesiology: nutrition

F. Communicaiton: oral comm (Com 2, 112)

Nurse Practitioner

Degree: Bachelors of Nursing for Registered Nurse, Masters in Nursing for Nurse Practitioner

Exam: GRE

Association: AANP

ecommended Programs: Masters Entry Programs in Nursing http://www.bestnursingdegree.com/programs/direct-entry-msn/

Prerequisites (vary by program):

A.  Biology:  biology, anatomy, physiology, microbiology (take in fall)

B.  Chemistry: general chemistry, 1 semester organic chemistry (for micro)

C.  Math: statistics

D.  Psychology: introductory psychology

E.  Sociology: introductory sociology

F.  Kinesiology: nutrition

G.  Communication: oral communication (Com 2, 112)

 

 

Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologist

Certification: Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologist

Exam: California Department of Health Clinical Laboratory Technologist Exam

Website: http://www.calmis.ca.gov/file/occguide/mdclinlb.pdf

Prerequisites:

A.  Biology:  biology, anatomy, physiology, 2 UD biology courses

B.  Chemistry: general chemistry, organic chemistry (2 semesters)

C. Physics: introductory physics

E. Math: calculus, statistics

D. Training: 12 months in laboratory listed by California Association for Medical Laboratory Technology

 

Nutrition

The American Society for Nutrition (ASN) provides career information, as well as links to professional publications like The Journal of Nutrition. Under the Professional Development tab, you will find links to graduate programs.

Degree: Registered Dietician, Masters in Nutrition, Doctorate of Philosophy in Nutrition

Exam: GRE

GPA: ≥3.0

Association: www.nutrition.org

Prerequisites (vary by program):

A.  Biology:  biology, anatomy, physiology, genetics

B.  Chemistry:  general chemistry, organic chemistry (2 semesters), biochemistry

C.  Math: Statistics

D.  Physics: general physics

 

Occupational Therapy

AOTA.org has information for those considering occupational therapy as a profession. You can also find links to programs and the application service, OTCAS.

Degree: Masters of Science, Doctor of Occupational Therapy

Exam: GRE

Websites: www.aota.org

Prerequisites:

A.  Biology:  biology, anatomy, physiology

B.  Math: statistics

A.  Psychology:  psychology, abnormal psychology (Psych 148), developmental psychology

B.  Sociology: introductory sociology

 

Physical Therapy

The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) provides information about practice and patient care, career pathways and links to physical therapy programs and the application service PTCAS.  

Degree: Masters of Science, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Exam: GRE

Websites: www.apta.org, http://www.ptcas.org

Prerequisites:

A.  Biology:  biology, anatomy and physiology

B.  Chemistry: general chemistry

C.  Math: statistics

D.  Physics: general physics

E.  Psychology: psychology, social/behavioral psychology

F.  Experience: ~150 hours of clinical experience in both inpatient and outpatient physical therapy clinics.
 

Physician Assistant

The Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) provides career information and descriptions of the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA). American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) includes news, career information, and resources for finding out about state licensing.

Degree: Masters of Physician Assistant

Exam: MCAT or GRE

Websites: www.paeaonline.org https://portal.caspaonline.org/ www.apap.org

Prerequisites:

A.  Biology:  biology, anatomy, physiology, microbiology (take in fall)

B.  Chemistry:  general chemistry, org chemistry (1 sem)

C.  Sciences:  24 semester hours 

D.  Math: calculus and statistics

E.  Physics: general physics

F.  Experience: One year of healthcare experience through the following (not an exhaustive list):

Scribe

Medical assistant

Emergency medical technician

Peace Corps volunteer

Lab assistant/phlebotomist

Registered Nurse or Certified Nursing Assistant

Emergency room technician

Surgical tech

 

Phlebotomy

Certification: Phlebotomist

Website: http://kpsahs.edu/                

             

Public Health

The Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) provides resources including information on programs, areas of study, and curricula. You will also find links to schools of public health and for virtual fairs that allow participants to speak with admissions representatives, current MPH students, and how to apply through SOPHAS.

Degree: Masters in Public Health, Doctor of Public Health

Exam: GRE

GPA: ≥3.0

Association: www.aspph.org, http://www.sophas.org/

Prerequisites: 1-2 years of community health/laboratory/health research experience

 

Radiography, Nuclear Medicine, Sonography

Certification: Radiographer, Nuclear Medicine Technologist, Sonographer

Website: http://kpsahs.edu/

Prerequisites:

A.  Biology:  biology, anatomy, physiology

B.  Chemistry: general chemistry, organic chemistry

C.  English: english

D.  Physics: general physics

E. Math: calculus, statistics

F. Communication: oral communication (Com 2), computers and information technology (Com 125)

G. Other: Medical Terminology