Explore Health Professions

Check out the links below to explore health professions, required coursework, application processes, and career resources.

There are many professions in healthcare, and everyone’s path to a healthcare career looks different. Two wonderful resources to explore the breadth of healthcare careers and how they work together to help patients is explorehealthcareers.org and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook. Find additional resources to explore health careers on our Resources for Exploring page.

Our primary advising expertise is supporting students to explore, prepare for, and apply to graduate level professional programs, such as MD/DO, PA, OT, PT,  Dental, Optometry, Public Health, and Veterinary Medicine. Interested specifically in Nursing, Pharmacy or Veterinary Medicine? We also encourage you to connect directly with staff in UW’s programs for the best possible guidance.


Dentists are healthcare professionals who specialize in diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of conditions related to oral health.

Explore Dentistry


Optometrists specialize in primary eye care services, including assessing, diagnosing, and treating eye health conditions.

Explore Optometry

Public Health

Public health is a field of study and practice that focuses on improving the well-being of populations with the goal of preventing diseases, promoting health, and prolonging life.

Explore Public Health


MDs and DOs are physicians who diagnose, treat, and prevent illnesses. They can practice in a variety of medical specialties.

Explore Medicine

Physical Therapy

Physical therapists (PTs) specialize in helping individuals restore and improve their physical function and mobility.

Explore PT

Veterinary Medicine

Veterinarians specialize in the medical care and treatment of a wide range of animals, from household pets to farm animals to wildlife.

Explore Vet Med

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists (OTs) help individuals develop, recover, or maintain the skills needed for daily living and working.

Explore OT

Physician Assistant

Physician Assistants (PA) practice medicine as part of a healthcare team under the supervision of a licensed physician.

Explore PA

Additional Health Professions

Explore additional health professions such as Anesthesiologist Assistant, Cytotechnologist, and more!

Explore Additional Health Professions