Beyond allopathic medicine (MD), there are five professions that NYU students often become interested in: osteopathic medicine, dentistry, optometry, veterinary medicine, and physician's assistant. You will find more information on these careers on this website. Other careers that may intrigue you include chiropractic, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physical therapy, podiatric medicine, and public health. Each year more and more students are deciding to reject an offer from medical school to accept an alternative career in health care. The requirements for many of these professions are less stringent than for the M.D., and the life-style is certainly more relaxed.
Physician Assistants and Physical Therapy Students: These schools also require coursework in anatomy, physiology, microbiology, and biochemistry but many (although not all) will accept courses that are specifically designed for allied health professionals, and do not count toward a bio major. However, it is important to check each individual school. Most schools want a full year of A & P. Students should take the Human Anatomy OT-UE 1401/1402 course offered by the Occupational Therapy Department at Steinhardt, which offers the lecture in the fall and a 1 credit lab in the spring. Intro to Human Physiology NUTR-UE 1068 (without lab) is offered by our Nutrition program and Microbiology NURSE-UN 75 (without lab) by our nursing program. Students (undergrads and postbaccs) who are applying to programs that require labs must finish their NYU coursework and take the remaining work at another institution. Again, Pace University is the best option, although Hunter College does offer a year-long A and P course with lab.