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What undergraduate degree would be best for a career in the hospital? (Life Science, Health Science, or Biomedical Science)

And what interesting health care careers are there? I've always been interested in biomedical engineering, physiotherapy, but are there any other interesting careers in the hospital? Is being a nurse the closest thing to being a physician's assistant?
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PAs (physician's assistants) are new in Canada. There are only a few universities offering PA programs. Two of them are McMaster and U of Toronto.

Health care careers in hospitals include: doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, physician's assistant, physical therapist, occupational therapist, pharmacist, registered dietitian, and many others. There are also EMTs/paramedics, licensed practical nurses, PT or OT aides, and other health professions that generally require a college diploma as opposed to a university degree.

All of these programs will have different requirements. Nurses and registered dietitians are undergraduate programs you can enter directly out of high school, whereas pharmacy, PT, OT, medicine, and PA will require at least two years of university education, and some will require a bachelor's degree.
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@brady23 wrote
What undergraduate degree would be best for a career in the hospital? (Life Science, Health Science, or Biomedical Science)

And what interesting health care careers are there? I've always been interested in biomedical engineering, physiotherapy, but are there any other interesting careers in the hospital? Is being a nurse the closest thing to being a physician's assistant?





Hi Braddy

In my opinion career in medical lab technician is the best way to enter into the hospitals. The reason being, not many people opt for this career, though the demand being so high in hospitals. This may be due to lack of awareness. Mostly people goes for nursing or PA or Rt career. So this career has comparatively lesser competition. A bachelors degree or an associate degree certification is enough to enter into this profession. The following site has all the information about this career and the job prospects. http://medicallabtechnicianschool.org/medical-lab-tech-careers-and-jobs/
Mostly this career has jobs in hospitals. Other fields of work are in offices of physicians and in medical and diagnostic laboratories. Some medical lab technician can get offers in educational services and ambulatory healthcare services.
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Contrary to popular consensus amongst university pre-meds, doctors are not the only health professional in the world! Just remember that!
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There are several careers in healthcare that are both interesting and rewarding. It depends on what you want to do. While some healthcare professionals (like nurses) provide direct patient care, others (like medical transcriptionists) may never even see the inside of a hospital as their job involves transcribing doctor dictations into ready to use patient records and can be pretty much handled from home.

Your chosen field within the healthcare vertical will also determine the education path you’ll need to follow. Some of the occupations have a Bachelor's or higher degrees as the minimum credential, but some can be broken into after completing vocational training courses.
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