Years of Study

The amount of education — years of study — varies depending on health profession. Below is a brief snapshot highlighting some more common health care professions and the years of schooling required for each.

Years of Schooling Careers
Less than 2 Cancer Registrar, Cardiovascular Technologist, Clinical Laboratory Technologist, Clinical Laboratory Technician, Dental Assistant, Diagnostic Medical Sonographer, Dialysis Technician, Electrodiagnostic Technologist, EMT-Paramedic, Histotechnician, Licensed Practical Nurse, Massage Therapist, Medical Dosimetrist, Medical Transcriptionist, Medical Laboratory Technician, Nerve Conduction Studies Technologist, Nursing Assistant, Ophthalmic Laboratory Technician, Ophthalmic Medical Technician, Orthotist and Prosthetist, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Pharmacy Technician, Phlebotomist, Polysomnographic Technologist, Sonographer, Surgical Assistant, Surgical Technologist, Ultrasound Technician


Alternative Medicine Provider, Bioanalyst, Biomedical Equipment Technician, Scientist, Cytotechnologist, Dental Hygienist, Dental Laboratory Technician, Dietetic Technician, Health Physicist, Histotechnologist, Home Health Aide, Horticultural Therapist, Industrial Hygienist, Mortician, Nuclear Medicine Technologist, Ophthalmic Dispensing Optician, Pathologist Assistant, Physical Therapy Assistant, Radiological/Technician/Technologist, Registered Nurse, Respiratory Therapist, Veterinary Technician, Veterinary Technologist
4-8 (including undergraduate) Acupuncturist, Anesthesiologist Assistant, Art Therapist, Athletic Trainer, Audiologist, Biomedical Engineer, Biostatistician, Chaplain, Environmental Health Scientist, Epidemiologist, Exercise Physiologist, Forensics Field, Genetic Counselor, Health Care Administrator, Health Information Manager, Informatics Field, Medical Social Worker, Music Therapist, Nurse Anesthetist, Nurse Midwife, Nurse Practitioner, Occupational Therapist, Organ Transplant Coordinator, Orthoptist, Perfusionist, Pharmacist, Physician Assistant, Poetry Therapist, Physical Therapist, Public Health Field, Recreational Therapist, Speech-Language Pathologist, Sports Medicine Field, Toxicologist
8+ (including undergraduate) Chiropractor, Dentist, Optometrist, Physician, Podiatrist, Veterinarian