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Clinical Professions

Are you interested in providing direct medical treatment to patients (human or animal!)? If so, you might consider exploring clinical health care careers. Clinical professionals directly support and provide patient diagnosis, treatment, testing, and ongoing care, and they often (although not always) interact with patients face-to-face. Many clinical roles require a graduate degree, certification, and/or licensing.

Explore Career Paths and Possibilities:

Below is a list of sample roles for students and alums interested in clinical professions, including potential internships, post-grad entry points, and entry points for individuals with a professional degree. Clinical professions can be found in a variety of settings, such as hospitals, group or private practices, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, outpatient clinics, laboratories, academia, and government agencies.

Potential Internships:

  • Clinical Integration Program Intern
  • Dental Intern
  • Medical Assistant Intern
  • Medical Scribe Intern
  • Pharmacy Intern
  • Pre-Med Intern

Post-Grad Entry Points:

  • Health Navigator I
  • Home Health Aide
  • Medical Scribe
  • Medical Technologist
  • Patient Appointment Coordinator
  • Physical Therapy Technician
  • Program Coordinator
  • Rehabilitation Aide

Entry Points with a Professional Degree/Certification:

  • Allergist
  • Audiologist
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Dentist, Dental Hygienist
  • Dietician
  • EMT and Paramedic
  • Massage Therapist
  • Nurse, Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Midwife, Registered Nurse
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Optician
  • Pharmacist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Physician, Surgeon
  • Physician Assistant
  • Podiatrist
  • Respiratory Therapist
  • Sonographer
  • Speech-Language Pathologist
  • Veterinarian


Some industries change more quickly than others, and it is important to stay informed on the latest trends in your areas of interest to ensure that you are best preparing yourself for internships, full-time roles post-graduation, and/or graduate and professional programs. Below are a few resources to get you started.

Professional Organizations:

Professional associations offer excellent opportunities for networking, finding jobs and internships, and staying up-to-date on industry issues, trends, and research. Below are a few clinically-focused professional associations to get you started (click here for more tips on how to effectively engage with professional groups).

Transferable Skills:

  • Detail-Oriented
  • Teamwork
  • Flexibility/adaptability
  • Verbal communication skills
  • Stress management
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Compassion
  • First aid, CPR training, clinical skills (e.g., reading blood pressure), foreign language (hard skills)

DePaul’s Pre-Health Program:

Considering a health-related professional degree? Be sure to register for DePaul’s Pre-Health Program! The College of Science and Health offers specialized pre-health advising for students interested in a range of health careers, events, and other programs. Learn more here.