Although the majority of Hamilton graduates entering the health professions will choose a career in medicine, dentistry or veterinary medicine, in recent years there has a marked increase in the number of Hamilton students interested in preparing for careers as nurse practitioners, physician assistants, public health specialists, and physical therapists. Nationally these professions are in great demand and will see rapid growth in the future. All the health professions afford the satisfaction of helping people while receiving good remuneration. In the United States in recent years, nurse practitioners and physician assistants have provided the care that twenty years ago was available only from primary care physicians. A strong liberal arts background is valued in the health professions, and Hamilton graduates will find excellent professional opportunities with only a one, two or three year postgraduate commitment. Like medical school, the allied health professions are competitive and have high standards for admission; each profession requires its own specific prerequisite classes and clinical preparation. Early and thorough research is recommended, including online exploration, speaking with your advisor, and planning shadowing experiences.
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