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UMR Career Pathways

The University of Minnesota Rochester is located in the heart of the medical world, just minutes from the globally respected Mayo Clinic. Our innovative degree programs and integrated curriculum provide students with a foundational undergraduate education that allows them to pursue a wide range of careers in the health sciences field.

UMR Career Pathways

THE BUSINESS AND LEADERSHIP OF HEALTH CARE

UMR’s BSHS degree is the right foundation for a career as a leader in managing the delivery of medical services.

RESILIENCE, WELL-BEING AND MENTAL HEALTH

Achieving an ongoing balance among all of the elements that contribute to a robust and productive life is a skill that can be acquired through education and practice

PATIENT CARE

Students interested in a hands-on career offering quality care to patients will find UMR’s innovative curriculum provides ample preparation for entry into the workforce or advanced study.

HEALTH CARE RESEARCH AND DISCOVERY

Outstanding research opportunities for all UMR students prepare them for careers that apply rigorous investigation and analysis to the grand health challenges of the 21st century.

PUBLIC POLICY AND GLOBAL HEALTH

UMR students can explore the implications of the delivery of health care and can create careers based on the creation of policy that addresses societal concerns.

EMERGING HEALTH TECHNOLOGIES

Students who aspire to careers in this area will systematically bring their knowledge and skills to solving health problems through the creation and application of innovative technologies.

UMR's Career Pathways In Depth

The management of health care delivery, including hospitals, public health departments and health care systems is an increasingly specialized role that demands a blend of health sciences knowledge with leadership and entrepreneurial skills. UMR’s BSHS degree is the right foundation for a career as a leader in managing the delivery of medical services. Leading and managing health care systems, students who pursue this extremely high-demand Career Pathway immerse in leadership experiences and industry training in their senior year with the option to enter the workforce and secure employer support for completion of advanced study.

These UMR graduates seek to make a difference through industry leadership, entrepreneurship and health care management. This leadership Career Pathway can be pursued in conjunction with other Career Pathways.

Achieving an ongoing balance among all of the elements that contribute to a robust and productive life is a skill that can be acquired through education and practice. Helping others find ways to integrate body, mind and spirit in healthy activities is an exciting and innovative career opportunity for many UMR students. 

Making a difference in a key area of need, students who follow this Career Pathway might become:

  • addiction and recovery counselors 
  • child life specialists
  • health and wellness coaches
  • integrative medicine practitioners 
  • psychologists
  • social workers

Healing bodies and minds is an art, a skill and a science. Students who are interested in a hands-on career offering quality care to patients, families and the community will find UMR’s innovative curriculum provides ample preparation for entry into the workforce or for advanced study. 

Serving the needs of patients in a variety of urban and rural contexts, students who follow this Career Pathway might become:

  • advanced nursing practice 
  • athletic trainers 
  • chiropractors 
  • dentists
  • nuclear medicine technologists 
  • occupational therapists
  • pharmacists
  • physicians
  • physician assistants 
  • physical therapists
  • prosthetists/orthotists
  • surgical first assistants

Through the BS in Health Professions program, others complete their degrees to become:

  • cardiac sonographers
  • radiographers
  • respiratory therapists
  • sonographers

Tomorrow’s groundbreaking health care protocols result from today’s research and discovery. Outstanding research opportunities for all UMR students prepare them for careers that apply rigorous investigation and analysis to the grand health care challenges of the 21st century. 

Pursuing cures and new treatments for cancer, opioid addiction, ALS, diabetes and other grand health care challenges, students who follow this Career Pathway engage in real-world research preparing for advanced degrees in areas such as:

  • biochemistry
  • epidemiology
  • genomics
  • kinesiology
  • regenerative medicine

The ongoing international discussion about health care highlights the critical importance of a deep understanding of the political, social and economic effects of providing access to those who need it. UMR students can explore the implications of the delivery of health care and can create careers based on the creation of policy that addresses societal concerns. Working with others to create social impact, health equity and environmentally responsible practice, students who complete this Career Pathway often study abroad, engage in experiential learning focused on sustainability, or complete internships in government agencies before going on to study public health, law, political science, international relations or public affairs.

Careers in this Pathway include:

  • community health workers
  • education specialists at health care companies
  • global health educators
  • health care policy reform advocates
  • service as elected officials
  • service in the Peace Corps

The ever-growing complexity of modern health care demands solutions that simplify practices and serve patients. UMR students who aspire to careers in this area will systematically bring their knowledge and skills to solving health problems through the creation and application of innovative technologies. 

Staying on the cutting-edge of technological advancements in health care, students who follow this high-demand Career Pathway study:

  • artificial intelligence in medicine
  • bioinformatics
  • data science
  • electronic medical records industry
  • medical device innovation
  • medical lab science
  • prosthetists/orthotists