Pre-Health Organizations

Where do I Find Information about my Chosen Health Career?

Below is a list of organizations that represent Schools and Programs for the education in Health Careers. These associations usually run centralized application systems (CAS) and set the standards for entrance exams and certifications. Be informed about the requirements for each CAS as early as possible.

Each school and/or program has their own prerequisites and entrance exams requirements (that is, there is not a “set” list of classes you have to take to qualify, but each school has its own list). Check each individual school/program for them! Inform yourself EARLY so you can take the best decisions about your career path at John Jay. is a free, interactive health careers website designed to explain the array of health professions and provide easy access to students seeking information about health careers. A joint initiative, the site involves national foundations, professional associations, health career advisors, educational institutions and college students. The information on the site comes from health associations, educational organizations, universities and colleges, government databases, professional journals and published articles.


Association of American Medical Colleges

The Association of American Medical Colleges is a not-for-profit association representing all 141 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools; nearly 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems, including 51 Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers; and nearly 90 academic and scientific societies. Through these institutions and organizations, the AAMC represents 128,000 faculty members, 75,000 medical students, and 110,000 resident physicians. In addition to the activities listed above, the AAMC is responsible for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT®) and the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS®) and provides detailed admissions information to the medical schools and to undergraduate premedical advisors.


American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic MedicineAACOMpic
Osteopathic medicine is a distinct form of medical practice in the United States. Osteopathic medicine provides all of the benefits of modern medicine including prescription drugs, surgery, and the use of technology to diagnose disease and evaluate injury. It also offers the added benefit of hands-on diagnosis and treatment through a system of therapy known as osteopathic manipulative medicine. Osteopathic medicine emphasizes helping each person achieve a high level of wellness by focusing on health promotion and disease prevention.


American Association of Colleges of Podiatric MedicineAACPM Student Brochure Cover

Doctors of Podiatric Medicine (DPMs) strive to improve the overall health of their patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing, and treating conditions associated with the foot and ankle. They treat a variety of conditions and employ innovative treatments to improve the well-being of their patients.




American Dental Education Association

ADEA_logo-color-taglineThe American Dental Education Association (ADEA) is the voice of dental education. Its members include all U.S. and Canadian dental schools and many allied and advanced dental education programs, corporations, faculty and students. The mission of ADEA is to lead individuals and institutions of the dental education community to address contemporary issues influencing education, research and the delivery of oral health care for the health of the public. ADEA’s activities encompass a wide range of research, advocacy, faculty development, meetings and communications like the esteemed Journal of Dental Education, as well as the dental school admissions services AADSAS, PASS, DHCAS, and CAAPID.


Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical CollegesAANMC

Naturopathic medicine is dedicated to the study and celebration of nature’s healing powers. It is as old as healing itself and as new as today’s medical breakthroughs. It is a dynamic philosophy as well as a profession that recognizes the interconnection and interdependence of all living things. It utilizes the most natural, least invasive and least toxic therapies to treat illness and to promote wellness by viewing the body as an integrated whole.


AACNAmerican Association of Colleges of Nursing

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) serves the public interest by setting standards, providing resources, and developing the leadership capacity of member schools to advance nursing education, research, and practice, including the Centralized Application Service for Nursing Programs.


Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometrylogo_asco

Students seeking to make a real difference will find no better career than optometry. Only one degree qualifies you to become an optometrist:  the Doctor of Optometry (O.D.), a four-year, doctoral-level degree. While concentrating primarily on structure, function, and disorders of the eye, students in a professional O.D. program will also take courses in human anatomy, biochemistry, and physiology, among others, to prepare for their role as primary-care doctors protecting patients’ overall health and wellness.


American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

AACP-LogoWhether a prospective or current student, here you will find pharmacy education and career information, including school-specific admission requirements, a list of degree programs, career opportunities, job outlook, research and award programs, financial aid and much more.


American Physical Therapy Association apta_logo

Physical therapists (PTs) are health care professionals who diagnose and treat individuals of all ages, from newborns to the very oldest, who have medical problems or other health-related conditions that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives.


Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges

AAVMC_logoEmbark on an exciting career path where you can put your knowledge and compassion into practice. Whether you’re a student or advisor, this can be your portal to putting it all together, from career information to tools that will help walk you through a successful veterinary school application.


American Academy of AudiologyAAALogo



Audiology is a licensed health-care profession. Audiologists diagnose, treat, and manage hearing loss and balance disorders for adults and children. Treatment for hearing loss typically involves selecting and fitting hearing aids, cochlear implants, and other assistive technologies. These diagnostic and treatment services require audiologists to have knowledge of existing and emerging technologies. As well, sharp interpersonal skills are necessary to counsel and guide both patients and their family members through the rehabilitative process. – See more here.

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