Allied Health Fields

Career Options
The American Medical Association's Health Care Careers Directory lists information about 81 careers in health care, including the following in allied health fields:

  • Anesthesiologist assistant
  • Anesthesia technologist/technician
  • Athletic trainer
  • Cardiovascular technologist
  • Electroneurodiagnostic technologist
  • Emergency medical technician-paramedic
  • Exercise science (personal fitness trainer, exercise physiologist, and exercise science professional)
  • Kinesiotherapist
  • Medical assistant
  • Medical illustrator
  • Orthotist and prosthetist
  • Perfusionist
  • Polysomnographic technologist
  • Respiratory therapist
  • Surgical assistant
  • Surgical technologist

Curriculum and Career Planning

  • Timeline - Students should refer to Alfred University's Pre-Health Timeline and Checklist to assist them in curriculum and career planning.
  • A balanced and comprehensive high school and college education is an important first step in the pursuit of most allied health professions.
  • The requirements for admission into the different allied health programs vary so students should review the prerequisites relevant to the particular fields and programs they intend to apply to and then plan their course of study at AU so that these requirements are fulfilled.
  • Credential File/Dossier - Alfred University's Career Development Center has developed two resources to assist students in the preparation of a complete credential file/dossier. One provides instructions on preparing a credential file/dossier, the other is a pre-health dossier checklist.

Additional Information
Alfred University offers a major in Athletic Training Education and a minors in Exercise Science and Biological Illustration. The Biological Illustration minor may provide some of the background relevant to entering a master’s program in Medical Illustration.

Most of these allied health professions require specialized training beyond what Alfred University offers, but there are courses at AU that may help prepare a student for entry into one of these professional programs. Students should research the requirements for the allied health field they are interested in pursuing, and then arrange to meet with a member of the AU Health Advisory Committee to discuss how AU can support them in this goal.

The American Medical Association provides more information about careers in health care, including employment characteristics, salary, and educational programs. Each of these allied health fields also has its own professional organizations, which provide additional information related to these professions.