Medical Studies , BS

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The BS program in medical studies allows students to meet the prerequisites for a variety of health professions programs (medicine, dentistry, physician assistant, pharmacy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, optometry and others) and prepares the student for required postgraduate entrance exams, including the revised MCAT.

Students can customize the medical studies degree to meet the prerequisites of the health professions programs for which they intend to apply. Students have the opportunity to learn directly from health care providers, and they can select clinically related internships or electives during their junior year.

This degree program integrates communication, ethics, critical thinking, teamwork and leadership, all of which are essential competencies for members of today's health care team.

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Medical Studies (BS)
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Downtown Phoenix, West

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Career Outlook

Students graduating from this program will be academically prepared, well-rounded and adept in skills for a number of exciting careers in the allied health fields, dentistry or medicine; education; government; health care industries; or nonprofit organizations. Positions could include:

  • community health worker
  • project coordinator
  • research assistant
  • sales or marketing representative (e.g., medical device or pharmaceutical industry)

Students will be well prepared to pursue postgraduate health degrees, resulting in a career as a:

  • chiropractor
  • dentist
  • naturopathic physician
  • optometrist
  • pharmacist
  • physician
  • physician assistant
  • podiatrist
  • public health professional

Many other career options may be available.

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Career*growth*median salary
Allergists and Immunologists 14.9%#
Anesthesiologists 21%#
Chiropractors 17.5%$66,720
Community Health Workers 14.9%$34,870
Dentists, General 18%$149,540
Dermatologists 14.9%#
Family and General Practitioners10.2%$180,180
Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners, All Other12%$73,400
Internists, General9.4%#
Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists8.3%$79,930
Midwives 13.8%$49,430
Naturopathic Physicians 12%$73,400
Neurologists 14.9%#
Nuclear Medicine Physicians 14.9%#
Obstetricians and Gynecologists 17.6%#
Ophthalmologists 14.9%#
Optometrists 27%$101,410
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons 17.9%#
Dentists, All Other Specialists8.5%$170,110
Orthoptists 12%$73,400
Pathologists 14.9%#
Pediatricians, General10.3%$163,350
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Physicians 14.9%#
Physical Therapists 34%$82,390
Physician Assistants 30.4%$95,820
Podiatrists 14.1%$120,700
Psychiatrists 14.9%$181,880
Preventive Medicine Physicians 14.9%#
Radiologists 14.9%#
Sports Medicine Physicians 14.9%#
Surgeons 19.8%#
Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 14.9%#
Urologists 14.9%#

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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