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School of Health Sciences Career Development

At the School of Health Sciences, career development begins the moment are accepted into one of our programs. Faculty and members of our Career Development Office will help you focus, find your specialty and prepare you to launch a distinguished career as a clinician, imaging professional, rehabilitation specialist or scientist, to name just a few. You’ll gain the necessary skills, real-world experience and vital connections you’ll need to thrive in today’s quickly evolving health care marketplace.

By the Numbers

99% Success Rate

Percentage of 2019 graduates who are either employed or in graduate school by 6 months post-graduation.

97.8% Continuing Education

Percentage of students enrolled in Quinnipiac’s entry-level professional programs in OT, PT and PA who continued on to their graduate program.

15% Job Growth

Projected growth of health care occupations through 2029. (U.S. Department of Labor, 2019)

Career Development Office

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Transformative career resources

We take your professional development seriously. Our approach is tailored to your particular interests and career goals, and involves backing up real-world experience with an endless stream of resources, from interview preparation and graduate school guidance to clinical placement assistance.

The Career Development Office offers the following resources:

  • Career topics & internship courses
  • Group and individual student career coaching:
    • General career exploration
    • Resume & cover letter assistance
    • Job search resources
    • Networking guidance
    • Interview preparation
    • Offer negotiation
    • Graduate school assistance
  • QU Career Connections
    • 500+ jobs and internships
    • 7,000+ professional contacts
    • Online resource library
    • Online interview preparation
    • Database access to 2.1 million jobs nationwide

In Their Words

Liz Pitroff wears goggles and gloves as she dissects a specimen

Liz Pitroff, MHS ’21

“Everything is a learning opportunity, whether you’re in class or in the field. It was incredible to do off-site work in the real world. You learn so much when you can actually get that hands-on experience.”

Headshot of Kristine McCluskey

Kristine McCluskey, MHS ’02

“I can’t say enough about Quinnipiac’s [Pathologists’ Assistant] program. Residency programs should learn from it how to condense the expanding knowledge in this field and teach students to apply it in clinical settings.”

Headshot of Shannon Murray in her scrubs and wearing a face mask

Shannon Murray, BS ’18, MHS ’19

“I was fortunate enough to have experienced both the research and clinical sides of the field [during her internship at University of Michigan’s Frenkel Cardiovascular Center]. The whole experience profoundly impacted my life. I am interested in pursuing a career in structural heart surgery because of it.”

Clinical Experiences and Internships

For many of our majors, clinical and internship placements represent the most crucial aspect of their career development.

Thanks to our deep network of partnerships, our students complete clinicals in some of the most reputable hospitals, medical centers, nursing homes and extended-care facilities in the country.

Some of our clinical partners include:

  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston
  • Gaylord Hospital, Wallingford, Connecticut
  • Hartford Hospital, Hartford, Connecticut
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York
  • Mount Sinai Beth Israel, New York
  • Reliant Medical Group, Worcester, Massachusetts
  • UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, California
  • Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Baylor University, Ben Taub Hospital, Houston, Texas

Experiential Opportunities

Health sciences students and their professor examine a Nicaraguan boy on a study abroad trip

Whether you’re a future physician assistant, occupational therapist or biomedical scientist, we provide many opportunities for you to use your clinical skills for the health and healing of communities both at home and around the globe.

From volunteering and research opportunities to our on-campus clinics and global engagement programs, you’ll have the chance to practice what you learn — and make a positive impact while you do it.

Some of these opportunities include:

  • Two on-campus, student and faculty-led clinics that provide services to patients with low-vision and rehabilitation needs.
  • Global engagement programs that enable you to collaborate with community members, learn about other health care systems and gain hands-on experience in countries around the world.
  • Volunteering:
    • Providing oral health training at local health fairs
    • Providing medical care to Connecticut’s migrant farm workers
    • Camp No Limits, an annual event that provides education, mentorship opportunities and support for children with limb loss and limb difference
    • The Quinnipiac-Cheshire Transition Collaborative, a partnership between Quinnipiac and Cheshire Public Schools that helps high school students with autism spectrum disorder develop social, academic and professional skills
  • Center for Interprofessional Health Care Education (CIHE), which gives health science, nursing and medical students the opportunity to collaborate and develop skills in hands-on, team-based health care environments.

Career Paths

Health care is a thriving field that continues to offer some of the most rewarding and challenging career opportunities in the world. Some of the many career paths open to graduates of the School of Health Sciences include:

Physician assistants, also known as PAs, practice medicine on teams with physicians, surgeons and other health care workers. They examine, diagnose and treat patients.

Physical therapists help injured or ill people improve movement and manage pain. They are an important part of preventive care, rehabilitation and treatment for patients with chronic conditions, illnesses or injuries.

Occupational therapists help injured, ill and disabled patients develop, recover and improve, as well as maintain the skills needed for daily living and working.

Cardiovascular perfusionists operate extracorporeal circulation equipment, such as the heart-lung machine, during an open-heart surgery or any other medical procedure where it is necessary to artificially support or temporarily replace a patient’s circulatory or respiratory function.

Social workers in this discipline provide families, individuals and groups with psychosocial support to help them cope with acute, chronic or terminal illnesses. These professionals provide patient education and counseling and refer clients to other services.

Working under the supervision of a pathologist, a pathologists’ assistant examines, dissects and processes tissue samples. These highly trained health professionals may perform forensic and hospital autopsies, while others conduct surgery on specimens for diagnoses.

Diagnostic medical sonographers operate special imaging equipment to create images or conduct tests that help physicians assess and diagnose medical conditions. Sonographers and technologists work alongside physicians and surgeons before, during and after procedures.

Clinical laboratory technologists and clinical laboratory technicians collect samples and perform tests to analyze body fluids, tissue, and other substances. Examples of career paths are immunology technologists, microbiology technologists or molecular biology technologists.

Sports medicine directors oversee standards of care performed by medical staff at the sports medicine clinic. They also direct and oversee health center operations, strategic planning, policies and procedures. Other responsibilities include managing operating budgets and other administrative duties, and overseeing orthopedic supplies and medical equipment.

Alumni Network

Our alumni train elite athletes, engage in important health and environmental research and are vital members of caregiving teams and health care providers in hospitals, clinics, schools and other settings all over the country and the world.

Our alumni are enjoying careers with the following employers:

  • Cedars Sinai
  • St. Vincent’s Medical Center
  • Bristol Myers Squibb
  • Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  • Yale New Haven Health
  • Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
  • University of Maryland Medical Center
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
  • St. Mary’s Hospital
  • Precision Medical Products
  • Walgreens Pharmacy
  • Amity Physical Therapy
  • The Hamptons Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing

Our graduates also pursue advanced degrees at prestigious universities such as:

  • Binghamton University
  • Boston University
  • Columbia University
  • Drexel University
  • Fordham University
  • MGH Institute of Health Professions
  • Northeastern University
  • Quinnipiac University
  • Rutgers University
  • Sacred Heart University
  • Seton Hall University
  • Syracuse University
  • Yale University

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