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Allopathic

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Allopathic medicine is the practice of the traditional or conventional Western medicine and it is biologically based approach to healing. A M.D. is a typical medical doctor, but have a preference to treat patients using counteractive methods.

-Education: MD degree, medical school is four years in length. The first two years concentrate on didactic learning of the basic sciences and the second two years focus on clinical training in the hospital. After completing medical school physicians will enter residency-training program from 3-8 years.

-Salary: According to the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics the median pay wage is equal to or greater than $166,400 per year or $80.00 per hour.

-Required Entrance Exam: MCAT (Medical College Admission Test)

  • Length of the Exam: Approximately 4 hours
  • Cost: $235

Preparing for the Exam

Advantages for using these prep websites and tutoring are, if you do not feel prepared for your entrance exam these prep websites can definitely help you by showing you similar questions that would be in the test itself. The disadvantage for utilizing these resources is the price, as you can see for a prep class it can range from $2,000 to $8,000. You can also choose to do independent study where you can use the prep books, which can be checked out in the Health Professions Advising office located in University Hall 223, and there are many websites that can offer test tips and practice exams for free.

Where This Exam Can Be Taken

This exam is offered all over the United States, Canada, and 15 other countries. For testing locations near you please visit the AAMC MCAT Site Listing Page.

For 2014 test dates, times, registration deadlines, and score release dates please visit AAMC Deadline and Score Release Page.

Register for the test at the AAMC MCAT Page.

Osteopathic

Osteopathic medicine is the practice of the “whole person,” instead of treating specific symptoms they concentrate on treating a patient as a whole. The way they see to treat a patient is “mind, body, and spirit.”

-Education: DO degree, osteopathic medical students study all of the basic and clinical sciences, plus approximately 200 hours of training in the art of osteopathic manipulative medicine.

-Salary: According to the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics the median pay wage is equal to or greater than $166,400 per year or $80.00 per hour.

-Required Entrance Exam: MCAT (Medical College Admission Test)

  • Length of the Exam: Approximately 4 hours
  • Cost: $235

Preparing for the Exam

Advantages for using these prep websites and tutoring are, if you do not feel         prepared for your entrance exam these prep websites can definitely help you by             showing you similar questions that would be in the test itself. The disadvantage          for utilizing these resources is the price, as you can see for a prep class it can             range from $2,000 to $8,000. You can also choose to do independent study where            you can use the prep books, which can be checked out in the Health Professions      Advising office located in University Hall 223, and there are many websites that   can offer test tips and practice exams for free.

Where This Exam Can Be Taken:

This exam is offered all over the United States, Canada, and 15 other countries. For testing locations near you please visit the AAMC MCAT Site Listing Page.

For 2014 test dates, times, registration deadlines, and score release dates please visit AAMC Deadline and Score Release Page.

Register for the test at the AAMC MCAT Page.

Dentistry

Dentists diagnose, prevent, and treat problems with teeth or mouth tissue, and early detection of oral cancer and systemic conditions that manifest in the mouth.

-Education: Dentists must be licensed in all states; requirements vary by state. To qualify for a license in most states, applicants must graduate from an accredited dental school and pass written and practical exams.

-Salary: According to the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics the median pay is $146,920 per year or $70.64 per hour.

-Required Entrance Exam: DAT (Dental Admission Test)

  • Length of the Exam: Approximately 4 hours
  • Cost: $285

Preparing for the Exam

Advantages for using these prep websites and tutoring are, if you do not feel prepared for your entrance exam these prep websites can definitely help you by showing you similar questions that would be in the test itself. The disadvantage for utilizing these resources is the price, as you can see for a prep class it can range from $2,000 to $8,000. You can also choose to do independent study where you can use the prep books, which can be checked out in the Health Professions Advising office located in University Hall 223, and there are many websites that can offer test tips and practice exams for free.

Where this Exam can be taken

In the Prometric Test Centers in the United States, its territories (Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands), and Canada

For location and expenses, visit the American Dental Association's Exam Location Expense Page.

Optometry 

Optometrist deals with everything that has to do with eyes and vision, including examination, diagnosis, and treatment of the eyes and surrounding structures, and the treatment of vision problems.

-Education: Optometrists must complete a Doctor of Optometry program and get a state license. The programs take 4 years to complete after earning an undergraduate degree. 

-Salary: According to the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics the median pay is $94,990 per year or $45.67 per hour.

-Required Entrance Exam: OAT (Optometry Admission Test)

  • Length of the Exam: Approximately 5 hours
  • Cost: $220

Preparing for the Exam

Advantages for using these prep websites and tutoring are, if you do not feel         prepared for your entrance exam these prep websites can definitely help you by             showing you similar questions that would be in the test itself. The disadvantage          for utilizing these resources is the price, as you can see for a prep class it can             range from $2,000 to $8,000. You can also choose to do independent study where            you can use the prep books, which can be checked out in the Health Professions      Advising office located in University Hall 223, and there are many websites that can offer test tips and practice exams for free.

Where this Exam can be taken

In the Prometric Test Centers in the United States, its territories (Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands), and Canada.

Pharmacy

A pharmacist is a doctoral health profession and they are licensed professionals that provide information about medications to patients and other healthcare professionals. As "medication experts," pharmacists are concerned with safety the public's health in matters relating to medication distribution and use and disease state management.

-Education: Pharmacists must have a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.), a 4-year professional degree. They also must be licensed, which requires passing two exams.

-Salary: According to the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics the median pay is $111,570 per year or $53.64 per hour.

-Required Entrance Exam: PCAT (Pharmacy College Admission Test)

  • Length of the Exam: Approximately 4 hours and 30 minutes
  • Cost: $199

Preparing for the Exam

Advantages for using these prep websites and tutoring are, if you do not feel         prepared for your entrance exam these prep websites can definitely help you by             showing you similar questions that would be in the test itself. The disadvantage          for utilizing these resources is the price, as you can see for a prep class it can             range from $2,000 to $8,000. You can also choose to do independent study where            you can use the prep books, which can be checked out in the Health Professions      Advising office located in University Hall 223, and there are many websites that can offer test tips and practice exams for free.

Where this Exam can be taken

United States, Canada, and Qatar.

Podiatry

A podiatrist is a doctor who provides health care specifically for the foot and ankle.

-Education: Podiatrists must complete a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) degree and a medical and surgical residency. Podiatrists must be licensed.

-Salary: According to the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics the median pay is $118,030 per year or $56.75 per hour.

-Required Entrance Exam: Traditionally the MCAT has been the only standardized test required for admission to the colleges of Podiatric medicine. However, some colleges will accept GRE or US DAT in lieu of the MCAT. MCAT (Medical College Admission Test)

  • Length of the Exam: Approximately 4 hours
  • Cost: $235

Preparing for the Exam

Advantages for using these prep websites and tutoring are, if you do not feel          prepared for your entrance exam these prep websites can definitely help you by            showing you similar questions that would be in the test itself. The disadvantage     for utilizing these resources is the price, as you can see for a prep class it can      range from $2,000 to $8,000. You can also choose to do independent study where             you can use the prep books, which can be checked out in the Health Professions Advising office located in University Hall 223, and   there are many websites that can offer test tips and practice exams for free.

Where this Exam can be taken

This exam is offered all over the United States, Canada, and 15 other countries.

For testing locations near you please visit the AAMC  MCAT Site Listing Page.

For 2014 test dates, times, registration deadlines, and score release dates please visit the AAMC Deadline and Score Release Page .

Register by going to the AAMC MCAT Page.

Physician Assistant

Physician assistants practice medicine under the direction of physicians and surgeons. They are formally trained to examine patients, diagnose injuries and illnesses, and provide treatment.

-Education: Most physician assistants have a bachelor’s degree, and complete an accredited educational program for physician assistants. That usually takes at least 2 years of full-time study and typically leads to a master’s degree. All states require physician assistants be licensed.

-Salary: According to the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics the median pay is $86,410 per year or $41.54 per hour.

-Required Entrance Exam: PCAT (Pharmacy College Admission Test)

  • Length of the Exam: Approximately 4 hours and 30 minutes
  • Cost: $199

Preparing for the Exam

Advantages for using these prep websites and tutoring are, if you do not feel         prepared for your entrance exam these prep websites can definitely help you by             showing you similar questions that would be in the test itself. The disadvantage          for utilizing these resources is the price, as you can see for a prep class it can             range from $2,000 to $8,000. You can also choose to do independent study where            you can use the prep books, which can be checked out in the Health Professions      Advising office located in University Hall 223, and there are many websites that   can offer test tips and practice exams for free.

Where this Exam can be taken

United States, Canada, and Qatar

Veterinary Medicine

Veterinarians diagnose any illness and heal all sorts of animals from large animals, such as cattle, racehorses, or zoo animals to small domestic animals.

-Education: Veterinarians must have a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree and a state license.

-Salary: According to the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics the median pay is $82,040 per year or $39.44 per hour.

-Required Entrance Exam: Veterinary Aptitude Test, GRE (Revised General Exam), or MCAT (Medical College Admission Test)

  • Length of the Exam: Approximately 4 hours
  • Cost: GRE $160, MCAT $235

Preparing for the Exam

Advantages for using these prep websites and tutoring are, if you do not feel prepared for your entrance exam these prep websites can definitely help you by showing you similar questions that would be in the test itself. The disadvantage for utilizing these resources is the price, as you can see for a prep class it can range from $2,000 to $8,000. You can also choose to do independent study where you can use the prep books, which can be checked out in the Health Professions Advising office located in University Hall 223, and there are many websites that can offer test tips and practice exams for free.

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Where This Exam Can Be Taken

This exam is offered all over the United States, Canada, and 15 other countries. For testing locations near you please visit the AAMC MCAT Site Listing Page.

For 2014 test dates, times, registration deadlines, and score release dates please visit AAMC Deadline and Score Release Page.

Register for the test at the AAMC MCAT Page.