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Focusing on Careers in Health Care

Contact Information

P: 864-656-4154

Campus Location

102 Long Hall


Monday - Friday:
9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Chart Your Future Success in Health Care

Your future in a health profession starts here. With the help of Health Professions Advising, explore the wide array of health care professions to find the right fit for you and develop the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in that field.

Why work in health care?

Many careers in health care offer above-average earnings, opportunities to travel, flexible schedules and more. Perhaps most importantly, the job outlook is strong: Because of an aging population, the health care industry is expanding at a solid pace.

Our health professions advisors provide valuable assistance as students develop their path to a health professions career — from guidance on which major to pursue and courses to take to which activities outside the classroom will enhance their applications for medical school, dental school and other professional schools.

The HPA team advises prospective and current students as well as alumni interested in pursuing careers in the chiropractic medicine, dentistry, medicine, optometry, pharmacy, physical assistant, physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech language pathology fields.

Contact Information

P: 864-656-4154

Campus Location

102 Long Hall


Monday - Friday:
9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

The Role of HPA

The Health Professions Advising team aims to:

  • Introduce students to holistic development and guide them to grow into well-rounded candidates for the health professions.
  • Encourage students to self-assess and reflect on their experiences and their interest and readiness to pursue a career in the health professions.
  • Connect students to resources and opportunities on campus and in the community.
  • Introduce students to the skills and competencies they will need to become successful health care professionals.

Advising can begin as early as orientation and continue well past graduation.

Open House Events

In-person events: Join the Health Professions Advising team for an in-person Open House information session on the campus of Clemson University. HPA in-person open house events:

  • 9:30–10:30 a.m. June 28, Jordan Building Room G-33

Virtual events: Join our Health Professions Advising team for a virtual information session to learn more about Health Professions Advising at Clemson. Learn about the resources available to Clemson students who are interested in pursuing a health profession. No virtual events are currently scheduled for this summer. HPA virtual open house events will be held this fall:

  • 5-6:15 p.m. Sept. 12
  • 5-6:15 p.m. Oct. 10
  • 5-6:15 p.m. Nov. 7

What Our Students Say

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“My first year at Clemson, I was unsure of what career path I’d follow in the medical field. HPA provided me with an abundance of information on many different careers in the health professions and took careful consideration answering my questions and directing me toward resources. They have been instrumental in my success at Clemson, and have helped me transform into a confident, well-rounded applicant for physician assistant school.”

Amanda Geissler
Graduate — ’23
Biological Sciences
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“I started meeting with the HPA team during my first semester at Clemson. I knew I wanted to become a physician but needed guidance to make that goal a reality. Without their guidance and unwavering support, I can confidently say that I would not be the student and person I am today. I was recently accepted into VCOM Carolinas’ Osteopathic Medical School Early Assurance Program for their class of 2029 as a Rocovich Scholar. ”

Bailey Drake
Health Science

Upcoming HPA Events

    Find Your Future Career

    There are many different fields in the health professions. What interests you?


    Audiologists examine patients who have hearing, balance or related ear problems and determine and administer treatment. Audiologists may work as clinicians, researchers, educators, or program administrators.


    Chiropractic care is a health care discipline that emphasizes the inherent power of the body to heal itself without the use of drugs or surgery. It focuses on the relationship between the body’s structure (primarily the spine) and function, as coordinated by the nervous system.


    Dentists are medical professional who specialize in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases of the teeth, mouth and oral cavity. Dentists also provide a range of oral-health services.

    Occupational Therapist

    Occupational therapists are health care professionals specializing in occupational therapy and occupational science. OTs use scientific bases and a holistic perspective to promote a person's ability to fulfill their daily routines and roles.


    Doctors of optometry are independent primary health care providers who examine, diagnose, treat and manage disease and disorders of the visual system.


    Pharmacists are medication experts who play a critical role in helping people get the best results from their medications. Pharmacists prepare and dispense prescriptions, and counsel patients on the safe use of medications.

    Physical Therapist

    Physical therapists are movement experts who improve patients’ quality of life through prescribed exercise, hands-on care and patient education.


    Physicians diagnose and treat human disease, ailments, injuries and other conditions. Some doctors are general practitioners while others work in specialties, from emergency medicine to surgery.

    Physician’s Assistant

    A physician’s assistant is a medical professional who diagnoses illness, develops and manages treatment plans, prescribes medications, and often serves as a patient’s principal health care provider.


    A doctor of podiatric medicine is a specialist in the treatment of feet, ankles and related structures of the leg. DPMs specialize in a variety of areas such as surgery, orthopedics or public health.

    Speech-Language Pathologist

    Speech-language pathologists specialize in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of communication disorders, cognitive-communication disorders, voice disorders and swallowing disorders.


    Veterinarians diagnose and treat diseases and dysfunctions of animals. Specifically, they care for the health of pets, livestock and animals in zoos, racetracks, and laboratories.

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    Plan Your Future

    Are you ready to pursue a career in a health professions field? Let’s connect! To learn about potential careers in health care, discover opportunities on and off campus in health-related fields or to schedule one-on-one advising meetings, connect with the Health Professions Advising team.

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