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Alternate Health-Related Career Options

Information about other health-related careers can be viewed at the following websites:

Listed below are some of the more common health care fields that differ from those that Butler students normally think about.


Podiatry focuses on the health and well-being of the foot and lower leg. Graduates will obtain their DPM after a four-year course of study. The course requirements for acceptance into a podiatric school of medicine are identical to that for medical school. The average accepted GPA is approximately 3.0 and the MCAT, DAT, OAT, or GRE scores are accepted.

Chiropractic Medicine

Chiropractic medicine focuses on a more naturalistic or holistic approach to healing. Students graduate with a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) degree. Applicants to these schools typically have completed biology, chemistry, and physics requirements and typically have a cumulative GPA >3.25.
Links regarding the profession:

Links regarding education in chiropractic medicine:

Occupational Therapy

An Occupational Therapist has direct interaction with all sorts of patients from nursing care to sports medicine. Entry into an occupational therapy program (MOT) requires significantly more psychology and biology, but requires only general chemistry. The GPA must be 3.0 or above.

Public Health

Sports Medicine

Forensic Science

Speech-Language Pathology and/or Audiology

This deals with disorders that affect communication skills. Entry into these programs is competitive and requires a GPA of 3.4 or above. In addition, the GRE is required and the admission prerequisites will vary from school to school.

RN/MSN Program

This program involves obtaining an RN degree (through an accelerated 18 month program) and then completing the Master's of Science in Nursing. There are a number of different areas of specialty you could focus on and several Butler students have chosen this route as an alternative to medical school.