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Gap Year Opportunities

Types of jobs that do not require a certification:

  • ​Research Assistant
  • Research Coordinator
  • AmeriCorps
  • National Health Corps
  • Health Outreach
  • Physical Health and Wellness Coordinator
  • Scribe
  • Pharmacuetical/Medical Sales
  • Health Outreach Specialist
  • Health Aide
  • Project Manager
  • Physical Therapy or Occupational Therapy Aide
  • Recovery Specialist
  • HIV Prevention and Outreach Specialist
  • Behavioral Research Associate
  • Resident Assistant at Recovery Homes
  • Health Information Clerk
  • Medical/Dental/Optometry Receptionist
  • Population Health Coordinator
  • Women's Health Promoter
  • Clinical Support Specialist
  • Peace Corps (2 Years)
  • Program Assistant
  • Home Health Care Coordinator
  • Administrative Assistant/Receptionist
  • Crisis Worker
  • Patient Care Coordinator
  • Community Outreach and Prevention Specialist
  • Service Coordinator
  • Health Outreach

Types of jobs that may or may not require a certification:

  • ​Patient Care Technician
  • Behavioral Technician (typically does not require a certification but may need a CNA)
  • Medical Assistant

Types of jobs that require a certification:

  • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Phlebotomist
  • Veterinary Technician

Records Enhancer Post-Baccalaureate Programs (Typically 1 Year)

​This is a program for a student who has a lower overall and science GPA after undergraduate (typically in the 2's and low 3's). These programs provide classes in upper level sciences and advising support. By taking advanced undergraduate courses/masters level courses, your GPA as an applicant will reflect your work and give you a better advantage for acceptance into professional school.

Local Post-Baccalaureate Programs:

Traditional Master's Degree Programs (Typically 2 Years)

​Students can also pursue a traditional masters degree in an area of interests such as: Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Genetics, Immuniology, Anatomy, Public Health, Neuroscience and much more.