Majors, Minors, & Certificates

Pre-Med/Health Professions

By combining the right degree program with our health or allied health professions advising programs, Siena students are able to gain the multidisciplinary knowledge and experience needed for professional school admissions in dentistry, medicine, optometry, osteopathic medicine, physician’s assistant medicine, physical and occupational therapy, podiatry and veterinary medicine.

National applicants to medical and dental schools outnumber available seats by a ratio of more than two-to-one. In 2011, the Siena health professions advisor helped 97 percent (30 out of 31) of applying students earn acceptance to professional schools.

In the past five years, nearly 75 percent of our traditional pre-med students with a GPA greater than 3.5 have been accepted into American M.D. programs. In the same time period 93 percent of all graduates were accepted to medical school (American M.D., D.O., and offshore schools), and nearly 75 percent of those applying to dental school have been accepted.

Articulation Agreements

Siena College has 17 different articulation and affiliation programs with several different professional schools in the fields of medicine (allopathic and osteopathic), dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, occupational therapy, physical therapy and physician’s assistant.

  • Albany Medical College Program in Science, Humanities and Medicine
  • Albany Medical College Early Assurance Program for Underrepresented Students
  • Albany Medical College Physician Assistant Early Assurance Program Masters of Science Degree in Physician Assistant Studies
  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. Early Acceptance Program
  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dual Acceptance Program
  • Lake Erie College of Dental Medicine Dual acceptance and Early Assurance Program
  • Lake Erie College of Pharmacy Early Acceptance
  • New England College of Optometry. (Accelerated Program)
  • Sage Graduate School Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program: Articulation Agreement
  • Sage Graduate School Masters in Occupational Therapy Program: Articulation Agreement
  • Sage Graduate School Masters in Applied Nutrition: Articulation Agreement
  • Salus College of Optometry (Accelerated Program)
  • State University of New York College of Optometry Early Assurance Program
  • State University of New York College of Optometry Dual Acceptance
  • SUNY Buffalo School of Dental Medicine. Early Assurance
  • SUNY Buffalo School of Dental Medicine. Dual Acceptance
  • SUNY Upstate Medical University. Dual Acceptance
  • SUNY Upstate Medical University. Early Assurance Program

Health Professions

Combining multidisciplinary knowledge, experience and an extensive academic network, Siena’s health professions advisor helps connect students to professional school admissions in Dentistry, Medicine, Optometry, Osteopathic Medicine, Pharmacy, Physician’s Assistant, Medicine, Physical and Occupational Therapy, Podiatry and Veterinary Medicine.

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Career Opportunities

Registered nurses (RNs) provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about various health conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients and their family members.

Job titles include: Charge Nurse, Director of Nursing (DON), Emergency Department RN (Emergency Department Registered Nurse), Oncology RN (Oncology Registered Nurse), Operating Room Registered Nurse (OR RN), Public Health Nurse (PHN), Registered Nurse (RN), School Nurse, Staff Nurse, Staff RN (Staff Registered Nurse)

Wages:

The median annual wage was $65,470 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 18% (faster than average) from 2012 to 2022.

Nurse Practitioners diagnose and treat acute, episodic, or chronic illness, independently or as part of a healthcare team. May focus on health promotion and disease prevention. May order, perform, or interpret diagnostic tests such as lab work and x rays. May prescribe medication. Must be registered nurses who have specialized graduate education.

Job titles include: Gastroenterology Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Family Practice Certified Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner, Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult Nurse Practitioner, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Thoracic Surgery Family Nurse Practitioner, Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner

Wages:

The median annual wage was $89,960 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 22% (much faster than average) from 2012 to 2022.

Dietitians and Nutritionists plan and conduct food service or nutritional programs to assist in the promotion of health and control of disease. May supervise activities of a department providing quantity food services, counsel individuals, or conduct nutritional research.

Job titles include: Clinical Dietitian, Dietitian, Clinical Dietician, Registered Dietitian, Correctional Food Service Supervisor, Dietary Manager, Nutritionist, Outpatient Dietitian, Pediatric Clinical Dietician, Registered Dietician

Wages:

The median annual wage was $55,240 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 15-21% (faster than average) from 2012 to 2022.

​Pharmacists dispense drugs prescribed by physicians and other health practitioners and provide information to patients about medications and their use. May advise physicians and other health practitioners on the selection, dosage, interactions, and side effects of medications.

Job titles include: Clinical Pharmacist, Hospital Pharmacis, Outpatient Pharmacy Manager, Pharmacist, Pharmacist in Charge (PIC), Pharmacy Informaticist, Registered Pharmacist and Staff Pharmacist.

Wages:

The median annual wage was $116,670 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 15-20% (much faster than average) from 2012 to 2022.

Veterinarians diagnose, treat, or research diseases and injuries of animals. Includes veterinarians who conduct research and development, inspect livestock, or care for pets and companion animals.

Job titles include: Associate Veterinarian, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM), Emergency Veterinarian, Equine Vet (Equine Veterinarian), Mixed Animal Veterinarian, Small Animal Veterinarian, Staff Veterinarian, Veterinarian (VET), Veterinary Medicine Doctor (DVM) and Veterinary Surgeon.

Wages:

The median annual wage was $84,460 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 8-14% from 2012 to 2022.

Chiropractors treat patients with health problems of the neuromusculoskeletal system, which includes nerves, bones, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. They use spinal adjustments, manipulation, and other techniques to manage patients’ health concerns, such as back and neck pain.

Wages:

The median annual wage was $66,160 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 15% (faster than average) from 2012 to 2022.

Occupational Therapists assess, plan, organize, and participate in rehabilitative programs that help build or restore vocational, homemaking, and daily living skills, as well as general independence, to persons with disabilities or developmental delays.

Job titles include: Occupational Therapist (OT), Registered Occupational Therapist, Staff Therapist, Assistive Technology Trainer and Industrial Rehabilitation Consultant.

Wages:

The median annual wage was $75,400 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 22%+ (much faster than average) from 2012 to 2022.

Optometrists diagnose, manage, and treat conditions and diseases of the human eye and visual system. Examine eyes and visual system, diagnose problems or impairments, prescribe corrective lenses, and provide treatment. May prescribe therapeutic drugs to treat specific eye conditions.

Job titles: Optometrist, Doctor of Optometry (OD), Doctor

Wages:

The median annual wage was $97,820 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to experience 22%+(much faster than average) growth from 2012 to 2022.

Physical Therapists assess, plan, organize, and participate in rehabilitative programs that improve mobility, relieve pain, increase strength, and improve or correct disabling conditions resulting from disease or injury.

Job titles include: Chief Physical Therapist; Home Care Physical Therapist; Outpatient Physical Therapist; Pediatric Physical Therapist; Per Diem Physical Therapist; Physical Therapist (PT); Physical Therapist, Director of Rehabilitation; Registered Physical Therapist (RPT); Rehabilitation Services Director; Staff Physical Therapist (Staff PT)

Wages:

The median annual wage was $79,860 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 12% (much faster than average) from 2012 to 2022.

Physician assistants, also known as PAs, practice medicine on a team under the supervision of physicians and surgeons. They are formally educated to examine patients, diagnose injuries and illnesses, and provide treatment.

Wages:

The median annual wage was $90,930 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 38% (much faster than average) from 2012 to 2022.

Physicians and surgeons diagnose and treat injuries or illnesses. Physicians examine patients; take medical histories; prescribe medications; and order, perform, and interpret diagnostic tests. They counsel patients on diet, hygiene, and preventive healthcare. Surgeons operate on patients to treat injuries, such as broken bones; diseases, such as cancerous tumors; and deformities, such as cleft palates.

Job titles include: Sports Medicine Physician, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Physician, Naturopathic Physician, Nuclear Medicine Physician, Medical Scientist, Pediatrician, Surgeon, Obstetrician, Gynecologist, Family and General Practitioner, Internist, Oncologist, Cardiologist, Anesthesiologist and Neurologist.

Wages:

The median annual wage was $187,200 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 18% (faster than average) from 2012 to 2022.