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Mid Level Provider Careers

Nursing (Accerlated BSN Programs)
Occupational Therapy
Optometry
Pharmacy
Physical Therapy
Physician Assistant

Nursing (Accelerated BSN programs)

Nursing is a very diverse occupation, with possibilities for a great variety of kinds and levels of patient care. For students who complete a degree at HWS, accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) programs allow them to sit for the national licensure exam (NCLEX-RN) and gain entry into the profession. The programs build on your prior undergraduate training, and are typically completed in one calendar year. Some programs allow applicants to apply for the BSN with a guarantee of direct entry into masters (nurse practitioner) programs.

Many of the following courses are commonly required for admission to BSN accelerated programs. Since each nursing program's criteria is unique, students are advised to refer to the individual schools to determine specific course admission requirements.

  • Biology - General
  • Chemistry – General (2 semesters)
  • Statistics
  • Psychology - Developmental
  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Microbiology
  • Nutrition

All science courses must be accompanied by a lab.

The Health Professions Office in Career Services has more detailed information about the prerequisites for specific degree programs.

In addition to completing individual school course requirements, students should plan to participate in health related experience. Many programs also require the GRE or other entrance exam.

Note that Hobart and William Smith Colleges has an agreement with the University of Rochester School of Nursing that allows students to secure early admission to the U of R. Students begin the application process for this program toward the end of their sophomore year.

Occupational Therapy (OT)

An Occupational Therapist (OT) works with patients who suffer from mental, physical, developmental or other disabling conditions. The OT works with patients to help them better perform the tasks of daily living as well as tasks necessary to be productive in the workplace. The OT helps patients recover lost function as well as compensate for permanent disabilities. As much as possible, the goal of occupational therapy is to enable patients to live independent, useful, and satisfying lives.

Some institutions offer entry-level master's programs that are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE).

Many of the following courses are commonly required for admission to OT accredited Master of Science degree programs. Since each OT program's criteria is unique, students are advised to refer to the individual schools to determine specific course admission requirements.

  • Biology – General
  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Psychology: Abnormal, Developmental
  • Sociology
  • Statistics

All science courses must be accompanied by a lab.

Some programs also require standardized test scores such as the GRE.

Optometry

Optometrists are the primary care providers for all things associated with vision. Most Optometrists are generalists, but specialization is possible by completing a one year residency program after the four year Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) degree.

Note that optometrists should be distinguished from opticians, who fit people for eyeglasses or contacts, and from ophthalmologists, who are specialized physicians (MD) who perform eye surgery and treat a variety of diseases associated with the eye.

The following courses are prerequisites for admission to most optometry programs. Since each program's criteria is unique, students are advised to refer to the individual schools to determine specific course admission requirements.

  • Chemistry - General (2 semesters)
  • Organic Chemistry (2 semesters)
  • Biology - General
  • Microbiology
  • Calculus
  • Physics (2 semesters)
  • Psychology
  • Writing
  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Statistics

Students interested in applying to optometry programs are encouraged to begin planning early. Admission to optometry schools also requires that you take the Optometry Admissions Test (OAT). More information on the Optometry Admissions Test (OAT).

Click here for a list of specific optometry programs.

Physical Therapy (PT)

Physical Therapists work with patients to improve, restore and maintain physical mobility. They often work in close consultation with physicians as they help patients recover from a wide range of illnesses, accidents, and conditions. Physical therapists work with patients of all ages, and the work can often be physically demanding.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) is the credential that enables the practice of physical therapy. Many states also require passage of a licensing exam. The length and curriculum of DPT programs vary, but a typical program takes three years of full-time study after college to complete.

Many of the following courses are commonly required for DPT admission. Since each DPT program's criteria is unique, students are advised to refer to individual schools to determine specific course admission requirements.

  • Biology - General (2 semesters)
  • Chemistry - General (2 semesters)
  • Physics – General (2 semesters)
  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Social Sciences: Psychology or Sociology
  • Physical Movement (1 Semester)
  • Statistics
  • English: Writing

All science courses must be accompanied by a lab.

The Health Professions Office in Career Services has more detailed information about the prerequisites for specific degree programs.

Students interested in applying to DPT programs are encouraged to begin planning early. Many PT schools require a specific number of hours spent in clinical settings. Many also require the GRE.

Physician Assistant (PA)

Physician Assistants are licensed to practice medicine under the supervision of a doctor. They diagnose and treat patients, and may work with part of a large team in a hospital setting or act as primary care providers in small clinics. Many specialize. For additional information on the profession of physician assistant, click here.

PA programs typically last between two and three years and award a PA accredited Master of Science degree upon completion. Since each PA program's criteria is unique, students are advised to refer to the individual schools to determine specific course admission requirements.

  • Chemistry - General (2 semesters)
  • Organic Chemistry (1 semester) or Biochemistry (1 semester)
  • Biology – General (2 semesters)
  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Microbiology and/or Genetics
  • Statistics
  • Behavioral Health: Sociology and/or Psychology (developmental)
  • English: Writing

All science courses must be accompanied by a lab.

The Health Professions Office in Career Services has more detailed information about the prerequisites for specific degree programs.

Most PA programs require significant experience in clinical settings, often in direct patient care. The hourly requirement can be up to 1000 hours.

Additionally, applicants should refer to each school's GPA criteria and verify if an admission test is required (GRE or MCAT).

Pharmacy

Pharmacy college programs generally last four years. Some schools accept transfer applications from students who have completed the college course prerequisites. The most common route for HWS students, however, is to apply at the end of the junior year and complete undergraduate training at HWS before matriculating at pharmacy school. Many of the following courses are commonly required for admission to Doctor of Pharmacy programs, however, course requirements vary from school to school. For more information on the profession, educational preparation and specific admission requirements including admission testing (PCAT), refer to the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) website.

  • English: writing
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences: Psychology or sociology
  • Some programs ask for additional social science courses such as economics
  • Calculus (1 or 2 semesters)
  • Statistics
  • General Chemistry – (2 semesters)
  • Organic Chemistry – (2 semesters)
  • Physics – (1 or 2 semesters)
  • Biology – (4 or more semesters)

Students interested in a career in pharmacy should plan to participate in health related experience. The entrance exam for pharmacy programs is the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT). Click here for more information about the PCAT.

 

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