Careers in healthcare and nursing offer opportunities to use science, research, compassion, and critical thinking to provide care, improve the health of others, and solve global health challenges. We invite you to explore this cluster to determine if it is a good fit for you and leverage our resources to launch your job, internship, or graduate school search.
 

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This cluster may be for you if:

You have a strong desire to help others

You highly value the health and well-being of individuals and communities

You are compassionate, caring, and looking to address health inequities

Careers in healthcare and nursing are open to students of all backgrounds. If you have preconceptions or doubts that are preventing you from exploring careers in these fields, we encourage you to make an appointment. Let’s dig deeper into these beliefs and engage in a meaningful conversation together.

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Allied Health

Allied health professionals are important to the healthcare delivery system. While there is not one strict definition of allied healthcare, generally speaking, allied health refers to those areas within healthcare that are distinct from medicine and nursing. The Association of Schools Advancing Health Professions has more information here about allied health professions.

Types of Positions

  • Genetic Counselor
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Chiropractor
  • Speech Language Pathologist

Where BC Graduates Have Gone

  • Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Paggi Physical Therapy Sports Rehabilitiation
  • Walden Behavioral Care

 

Hiring Timelines for Healthcare Professions

  • 5% received job offers before senior year
  • 8% received job offers during fall semester of senior year
  • 50% received job offers during spring semester of senior year
  • 37% received job offers after graduation
     

Outcomes

Do I need to go to graduate school?

While there are some entry-level roles to support allied health providers that do not require graduate education, to work as an allied health professional, advanced study and training is required. You should research the requirements for the specific field you plan to enter. For example, physical therapists must earn a doctor of physical therapy (DPT) and pass a licensing exam while occupational therapists need to earn a masters degree and license.

Graduate School

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Clinical Professions

Clinicians are healthcare professionals qualified in the clinical practice of medicine. Clinicians work together to provide care and support the overall health of their patients in healthcare settings. Clinical researchers design, implement, and monitor studies designated for clinical development. The most common clinical paths beyond nursing for BC students include Physician, Dentist, Veterinarian, Physician Assistant, and Clinical Researcher. This section covers the various clinical professions within medicine that are beyond nursing (see the Nursing tab).

Types of Positions

  • Physician
  • Dentist
  • Veterinarian
  • Physician Assistant
  • Clinical Researcher
     

To work as a clinical professional, you will need to attend graduate school. To explore these clinical medical fields and support applications for graduate school admission, students may pursue roles while in school or during gap years in clinical research, medical scribing, medical support (EMT, CNA, PCA), or volunteer opportunities.

Where BC Graduates Have Gone

Employment:

  • Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Dana Farber Cancer Institute
  • McLean Hospital
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
  • New York Presbyterian Hospital
  • Scribe America
     

Graduate School:

  • New York Medical College
  • Tufts University
  • University of Massachusetts
  • Columbia University

Hiring Timelines for Healthcare Professions

  • 5% received job offers before senior year
  • 8% received job offers during fall semester of senior year
  • 50% received job offers during spring semester of senior year
  • 37% received job offers after graduation
     

Outcomes

Do I need to go to graduate school?

While there are entry-level positions in clinical research that do not require a graduate degree, graduate study is required to work in clinical fields. Physicians require an M.D. or D.O. degree. Dentists require a D.D.S. or D.M.D. degree. Vetrinarians require a D.V.M. degree. Physician Assistants require a master's degree. Clinical Researchers often pursue a master's or doctoral degree. 

Graduate School

Graduate Program Resources:

8%

Average percentage of BC graduates that pursue graduate degrees in medicine directly after graduation

Healthcare Administration

Healthcare administration incorporates a variety of business functions within a healthcare organization or system. The ultimate goal of healthcare administrators is to ensure effective and efficient healthcare delivery. While the work of healthcare administrators (from health policy to human resources) occurs behind the scenes, it is critical to the quality and accessibility of frontline healthcare.

Types of Positions

  • Healthcare Insurance Representative
  • Healthcare Consultant
  • Healthcare Data Analyst
  • Department Manager
  • Medical Billing Specialist
  • Healthcare Software Implementation Specialist

Where BC Graduates Have Gone

  • Epic Systems
  • Definitive Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Athenahealth
  • Optum
  • Foundation Medicine

Hiring Timelines for Healthcare Professions

  • 5% received job offers before senior year
  • 8% received job offers during fall semester of senior year
  • 50% received job offers during spring semester of senior year
  • 37% received job offers after graduation
     

Outcomes

Do I need to go to graduate school?

A graduate degree is not required for most entry-level positions in healthcare administration. A master's degree in business or healthcare administration can increase your employability and ability to work in management positions.

Graduate School

Mental Health

Mental health providers help to address situational or chronic mental health disorders, such as depression, anxiety, or addiction. Many mental health providers work with clients in individual or group therapy, but the environment may vary from private practice to an educational or government organization. This resource on types of mental health professionals explains the differences between psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and therapists/counselors.

Types of Positions

  • Mental Health Counselor
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Clinical Social Worker
  • Therapist
  • Psychotherapist
  • Substance Abuse Therapist
  • Mental Health Research

Hiring Timelines for Healthcare Professions

  • 5% received job offers before senior year
  • 8% received job offers during fall semester of senior year
  • 50% received job offers during spring semester of senior year
  • 37% received job offers after graduation
     

Outcomes

Do I need to go to graduate school?

While there are some entry-level roles to support mental health providers that do not require graduate education, to work as a mental health provider, a graduate degree is required. Before pursuing a degree, it is important to learn about what each degree will allow you to do career-wise to determine which type of program will help you achieve your goals (e.g. some degrees will qualify you for a specific type of licensure while others will not). The National Alliance on Mental Illness website shows the degree requirements by type of mental health professional.

Graduate School

Nursing

Nursing is the largest healthcare field. It combines science and technology with the desire to help people. The two most popular career options in nursing include becoming a Registered Nurse (RN) or Nurse Practitioner (NP). Both RNs and NPs work closely with patients to monitor their health and provide care. NPs hold graduate degrees and specialize in areas such as family, adult, gerontology, psychiatry, women's health, anesthesia, and more. While a majority of nurses work in hospitals, opportunities are available in a variety of settings including private healthcare, nonprofits, education, the military, and more. 

Graduates of the Connell School of Nursing (CSON) undergraduate program will be prepared to fill RN positions and graduates of the Connell School of Nursing will be prepared to fill NP positions as well as research and education positions. Non-CSON students who are interested in a career in nursing will take a different path to nursing, as additional education is required to enter nursing as a RN or NP. 
 

Types of Positions

  • Registered Nurse
  • New Graduate Residency Program
  • Nurse Externship Program
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Nurse Anesthetist
  • Nurse Educator
  • Certified Nurse Assistant

Where BC Graduates Have Gone

  • Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Boston Children's Hospital
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
  • New York Presbyterian Hospital
  • UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center
  • Yale New Haven Hospital
  • Bellevue Hospital
  • Medstar Georgetown Hospital
  • McLean Hospital

Hiring Timelines for Healthcare Professions

  • 5% received job offers before senior year
  • 8% received job offers during fall semester of senior year
  • 50% received job offers during spring semester of senior year
  • 37% received job offers after graduation
     

Outcomes

Do I need to go to graduate school?

A graduate degree in nursing is not required to continue as a Registered Nurse (RN). However, graduate education is required to become a Nurse Practitioner (NP) or to become a nurse leader or educator. For non-nursing students interested in a career in nursing, additional education is required. You may consider an advanced baccalaureate or direct entry program depending on your goals. 

Graduate School

Public Health

According to the CDC Foundation, “Public health is the science of protecting and improving the health of people and their communities. This work is achieved by promoting healthy lifestyles, researching disease and injury prevention, and detecting, preventing and responding to infectious diseases.” Whereas clinicians typically take care of individuals, those working in public health think about and develop interventions to address the health needs of communities. This video from the American Public Health Association (APHA) explains the field of public health further. Public health workers can work in public, private, non-profit, or educational settings.

Types of Positions

  • Epidemiologist
  • Community Outreach Specialist
  • Health Educator
  • Program Coordinator
  • Researcher

Where BC Graduates Have Gone

  • Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program
  • Mothers’ Milk Bank Northeast
  • Lowell Community Health Center
  • Eliot Community Health
  • Bay Cove Human Services
  • Boston Public Health Commission

Hiring Timelines for Healthcare Professions

  • 5% received job offers before senior year
  • 8% received job offers during fall semester of senior year
  • 50% received job offers during spring semester of senior year
  • 37% received job offers after graduation
     

Outcomes

Do I need to go to graduate school?

There are some entry-level positions in public health that do not require a graduate degree, but to advance in the field, a graduate degree is required. 

Graduate School

Wellness (Nutrition/Fitness)

Careers in nutrition and fitness include those in which one is helping others to achieve healthy lives and lifestyles. Professionals who work in these fields need to have strong knowledge of health factors, nutritional facts, and the human body. Some of the key skills required to enter these fields include: communication, critical thinking and problem solving skills, decision-making, and interpersonal skills.

Types of Positions

  • Health Coach
  • Nutritionist
  • Registered Dietitian
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Fitness Manager/Director

Hiring Timelines for Healthcare Professions

  • 5% received job offers before senior year
  • 8% received job offers during fall semester of senior year
  • 50% received job offers during spring semester of senior year
  • 37% received job offers after graduation
     

Outcomes

Do I need to go to graduate school?

For Registered Dieticians and Nutritionists, education and licensure requirements vary by state.

Fitness professionals typically need to seek out certification that aligns with their specific area(s) of focus within fitness. In addition, they may decide to pursue a masters degree in exercise science or kinesiology. 

Graduate School

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