Physicians, Pharmacists, Dentists, Veterinarians and Other Doctors

This course focuses on preparation for physician-level careers, including dental, veterinary and pharmaceutical, along with a look into the Physician Assistant and alternative medicine systems. This course will also introduce the topics of diversity, and the move toward an emphasis on social and cultural skills in medicine, in addition to academic ability.

These careers are usually the lead in the health care system, directing the care of their patients, whether that is through primary care, direct care, pharmaceuticals, or, if the patients happen to be animals! Generally, requiring a longer course of study and an advanced degree delineates these careers. Their programs are quite often competitive at the entry level.

In this course, we will focus on the preparation for entry to practice, along with navigating the field once you are in it (working as part of a team, dealing with patients, etc). In order to help you to best choose your career path, we will study different roles, responsibilities, settings, education needs and amounts of patient contact. We will look at things like the degree or training needed for each job, the environment one would work in, how much money the position could make, and the facts of the actual working day.

Then, within each job group, we'll explore important aspects that are applicable to the entire health field, such as behaving ethically, keeping patients safe and free from infections and germs, and following laws and policies. This course will also focus on diversity, and the need for social and cultural skills in medicine, in addition to academic ability.

Lastly, some lessons will cover specific medical procedures and many will cover ongoing issues within the medical establishment, such as staffing shortages, new developments, and common arguments or disagreements. In addition to typical medical roles, we will look at veterinary roles, public health roles, and alternative medicine.

The last unit will then include career exploration activities that will help you to make some choices and start preparing your pathway to a professional career.


  • compare and contrast the professional degrees and fields of medicine on the basis of academic preparation, scope of practice, training, licensure, philosophy, lifestyle, and career options.
  • explore the history of medical professions from ancient times to modern day practice.
  • evaluate case studies for scientific content and issues of ethics, privacy, and legal limitations to practice
  • create a personal plan for a professional career path.

State: National, California, Florida, Georgia, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Washington
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Category: Health Science
Course Length: Semester