Other Health-Care Careers


The website of the American Dental Association (ADA) provides information for students who are interested in a career in dentistry. This includes information about prerequisite courses, the Dental Admissions Test (DAT), and general admissions requirements for U.S. schools of dentistry.

The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) website offers a list of all schools of dentistry in the United States and Canada.

WICHE Professional Student Exchange Program (PSEP) – Alaska is a supporting state of the WICHE PSEP Dentistry Program

Nursing - Programs at UAA

The University of Alaska Anchorage School of Nursing offers the following degree and certificate programs:

AAS – Associate Applied Science
BS – Bachelor of Science
MS – Masters of Science
RN to BS

Nursing - Other Resources
Occupational Therapy

UAA is offering a pilot distance-learning program in Occupational Therapy through Creighton University. Contact Diana Steer, coordinator of the CU/UAA Occupational Therapy Doctorate program at afdls1@uaa.alaska.edu or (907) 786-4490 for more information about this new and exciting program!

Learn more about careers in occupational therapy by visiting the website of the  American Occupational Therapy Association.


Find out how you can become an optometrist at the website of the  Association of Colleges and Schools of Optometry.


Visit the website of the   American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy   to learn about careers in pharmacy, schools of pharmacy, and more.

WICHE Professional Student Exchange Program (PSEP) – Alaska is a supporting state of the WICHE PSEP Pharmacy Programs

Pharmacy Technician

US Bureau of Labor and Statistics – information about Pharmacy Technician careers

UAA Pharmacy Technology Program

Physical Therapy

Visit the website of the   American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)  for Association information, a description of the profession, and links to physical therapy resources on the Internet.

Physician Assistant Program at UAA (MEDEX)

UAA's Department of Health Sciences, in partnership with MEDEX Northwest, offers a Physician Assistant Training Program. Students who complete the program earn a Bachelor of Science, Health Sciences degree. Learn more about the MEDEX Physician Assistant Program at UAA

For more information about the physician assistant occupation, see the website of the   American Academy of Physician Assistants,  which features an overview of the profession, a listing of undergraduate and graduate programs, and PA organizations.


The website of the American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine  provides information about careers in podiatry (the care and treatment of the human foot).

Public Health

The UAA Department of Health Sciences offers a Master of Public Health in Public Health Practice degree program. What is Public Health?

Sports Medicine

Are you interested in sports medicine? Visit the website of the   American Academy of Sports Medicine   to learn more about this field.

Other Health-Care Career Programs Offered at UAA

UAA's Community and Technical College, Division of Allied Health, offers a number of programs for students interested in health-care careers. Programs offered include:

  • Dental Assisting
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Fire and Emergency Services
  • Massage Therapy
  • Medical Assisting
  • Medical Imaging Sciences
  • Medical Laboratory Technology
  • Paramedical Technology
  • Pharmacy Technology

More information:   http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/ctc/programs/alliedhealth/

Veterinary Medicine

The   Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC)   provides information for students interested in veterinary medicine. This information includes veterinary school prerequisites, the application process, standardized test requirements, VMCAS (Veterinary Medical College Application Service), and links to U.S. and Canadian schools of veterinary medicine.

American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
US Bureau of Labor and Statistics – information about Veterinary Medicine

Veterinary Technology/Assisting

US Bureau of Labor and Statistics – information about Veterinary Technology

Matanuska-Susitna College now offers an Occupational Endorsement Certificate in Veterinary Assisting

AVMA.org – Listing of programs accredited by the AVMA Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA)
VetTech.org – website that lists Veterinary Technician programs in the US


US Bureau of Labor and Statistics – General health-care career information

US Bureau of Labor and Statistics – Health-care Jobs You Might Not Know About (.pdf)

Healthcare Career Information (ThinkQuest)  – list of many more careers in the field of health care


The   Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education (WICHE)  offers two graduate-level student exchange programs to students from selected western states, including Alaska. Click on the links below to learn more about the purposes and benefits of each program and to view lists of participating schools:

Professional Student Exchange Program (PSEP)

Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP)