So you're interested in allied health?

The journey to a professional school, and path to becoming a health professional is not an easy one, however it is rewarding in the end. If you're looking for helpful resources on everything you'll need to know as you move through your undergraduate career, then you've come to the right place. Below you will find useful information on popular allied health fields. In addition to this resource page, AED has many other useful tools to offer. Feel free to reach out to your allied health chair or your AED president for more information. 

​So, you want to help people but you don't want all the stress that comes with being a doctor. Physician Assistants, also known as PAs, practice medicine on teams with physicians, surgeons, and other healthcare workers all while they examine, diagnose and treat patients. Becoming a PA can open so many doors for your career and they have great benefits too.  Such as more flexibility than physicians and nurses, and PAs can move between specialties easier than other healthcare professionals. 


Physical Therapists, sometimes called PTs, help patients reduce pain and improve or restore mobility - in many cases without expensive surgery and often reducing the need for long-term use of prescription medications and their side effects.

Physical therapists can teach patients how to prevent or manage their condition so that they will achieve long-term health benefits. PTs examine each individual and develop a plan, using treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. In addition, PTs work with individuals to prevent the loss of mobility before it occurs by developing fitness and wellness-oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles.

Physical therapists provide care for people in a variety of settings, including hospitals, private practices, outpatient clinics, home health agencies, schools, sports and fitness facilities, work settings, and nursing homes. 

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapist, known as OTs, are very similar to physical therapist with a few exceptions. Occupational therapist focus on fine motor skills and improving on the functioning of activities of daily living. Occupational therapy services typically include an individualized evaluation, during which the client/family and occupational therapist determine the person’s goals, 
customized intervention to improve the person’s ability to perform daily activities and reach the goals, and
an outcomes evaluation to ensure that the goals are being met and/or make changes to the intervention plan. Occupational Therapist are seen in a wide variety of settings included in clinics, hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, work settings, and nursing homes.