Programs in the Medical Field Prosper: From Drugs to Physical Therapy

Published May 26, 2014

629-h_main-wSome careers never go out of fashion, and this is certainly true for medical careers such as pharmacy and physical Therapy. Although both of these fields involve long term study in order to be qualified, you are pretty much guaranteed a job for life and can expect to earn a decent salary.

As a pharmacist you can expect to have to take approximately 3-4 years of professional training which will lead to you holding a Doctor of Pharmacy certification.

Top schools in the US include the University of California, University of North Carolina, University of Minnesota, University of Texas, University of Wisconsin, University of Kentucky, University of Michigan, Purdue University, Ohio State University and the University of Washington.

These pharmacy programs were voted the ten best courses by the U.S. News and World report in 2012. It is important to make sure that the program you study is accredited by the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education.

Competition can be fierce to get a place on any one of these programs so you will need a strong application to get noticed from other candidates. These top universities attract high research funds which helps to make them stand out from other universities, the courses can also be very expensive so it is worth checking out all the available courses to see it meets your study criteria and budget.

Physical therapists are concerned with maximising mobilisation and can be involved in healthcare settings, sports clubs and private health practices. To work as a physical therapist you will require a graduate degree in the subject and will need to obtain a licence.

It is important to study a course accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education, this will provide you with Doctor of Physical Therapy certification.

The top ten physical therapy schools as reported by the U.S. News and World Report include the University of Southern California, University of Delaware, University of Pittsburgh, Washington University, Baylor University, University of Iowa, Emory University, MGH Institute of Health Professions, Northwestern University  and the University of Miami. Each of these Universities offers an array of different benefits such as low staff to student ratio, state of the art facilities or specialisms within the field.

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