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 or MD programs, 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.

Degree Offered

Medical Studies ( BS)
Health Solutions, College of

Downtown Phoenix, West

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Career Outlook

Students graduating from this program are 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 are 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
Chiropractors 12.5%$68,640
Dentists, General 19.4%$151,440
Internists, General 14.6%$192,930
Naturopathic Physicians 13.3%$73,830
Optometrists 17.9%$110,300
Physical Therapists 28%$86,850
Physician Assistants 37.3%$104,860
Podiatrists 10.3%$127,740
Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 11.4%#

* 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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