Exploring Health Professions

There are over 200 healthcare fields and career options out there! Don't limit yourself by assuming that the traditional MD is right for you. Before you get too far into your undergraduate years, explore the healthcare careers available and decide which one is right for you. We have students on campus interested in fields from allopathic and osteopathic medicine to dentistry to physician assistants to physical therapy to public health to healthcare management and more! You can find out how to contact other students interested in the same field as you by checking out our Student Organizations page. You can also take a look at Explore Health Careers for information regarding different healthcare careers.


If you are set on becoming a doctor, take a look below at all the different doctoral degrees that are out there:

MD Allopathy www.aamc.org
DO Osteopathy www.aacom.org
DDS/DMD Dentistry www.adea.org
OD Optometry www.opted.org
DPM Podiatry www.aacpm.org
DVM Veterinary www.aavcm.org
PharmD Pharmacy www.aacp.org
DPT Physical Therapy www.apta.org
Au.D. Audiology www.audfound.org
D.C. Chiropractic www.chiropractic.org
OTD Occ. Therapist www.aota.org
DHA Health Administration www.aupha.org

Prosthetics and Orthotics

Prerequisites for Georgia Tech's program (Georgia Tech Master of Science in Prosthetics and Orthotics)  run by the School of Applied Physiology are:

ALL prerequisites must be completed (with a "C" or better) prior to matriculating into the MSPO Program. The minimum requirement for admission to the MSPO Program is a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution (Information for international students) with coursework that includes the following prerequisites:

  • Statistics (one lecture course)
  • EITHER Physics (non-Calculus-based course, lecture and laboratory) OR Calculus-based course (one course, lecture and laboratory)
  • Chemistry (one course, lecture and laboratory)
  • Psychology (one lecture course)
  • EITHER Human Growth and Development (one lecture course) OR Abnormal Psychology (one lecture course)
  • Biology (one course, lecture and laboratory)
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology (lecture course[s] -see details below)

The Human Anatomy and Physiology requirement must be completed as either Path A or Path B:

  • Path A: If you enroll in Human Anatomy and Physiology as a combined course, you must complete both Part I (equivalent to at least 3 semester credits) and Part II (equivalent to at least 3 semester credits) for a total of at least 6 semester credits. The combination of Part I and II courses is typically completed in two semesters).
  • Path B: If you enroll in separate Human Anatomy (equivalent to at least 3 semester credits) and Human Physiology (equivalent to at least 3 semester credits), you must complete each course for a combined total of least 6 semester credits. The combination of separate Human Anatomy and Human Physiology courses may be completed in one or two semesters).

More information can be found here: http://ncope.org/info_students/schools.asp