Overview

Careers in healthcare and nursing offer opportunities to use science, research, compassion, and critical thinking to provide care, improve the health of others, and solve global health challenges—whether it be working as a clinician or nurse, a hospital administrator, a community health program coordinator, or beyond.

Our industry-focused cluster will provide you with knowledge and resources to pursue a career in healthcare/clinical professions, nursing, public health, allied health/nutrition/fitness, or healthcare administration. Within this cluster you will find a specialized career coach as well as a community of peers, alumni, faculty, and staff to support you on your journey. 

As a Boston College student you are already gaining the skills most sought after by employers in these industries, regardless of your major—including critical thinking, leadership, communication, and more. We invite you to explore this cluster to determine if it is a good fit for you and leverage our services to prepare and act on your interests. 

 

 

 

 

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A specialized career coach is available throughout the year to meet with you individually about any aspect of your career journey—from exploring career opportunities, to researching graduate programs, to launching a job/internship search.

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Where Boston College Graduates Have Landed

10%

of the Class of 2018 who are employed are working in healthcare

6%

of the Class of 2018 who are in graduate school are pursing a degree in medicine

94%

of 2018 CSON graduates are employed or in graduate school

When Boston College Graduates Were Hired in Healthcare

15%

of the Class of 2018 received offers before or during first semester of senior year

49%

of the Class of 2018 received offers during second semester

36%

of the Class of 2018 receieved offers after senior year

Connect with Alumni Working in Healthcare and Nursing on Eagle Exchange

Explore Opportunities in Healthcare and Nursing

Healthcare/Pre-Health/Clinical Professions

This sub-industry cluster of healthcare, pre-health, and clinical professions focuses on the career paths to becoming a physician, dentist, veterinarian, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant.  To explore these fields and support applications for graduate/professional school admission, students may participate in clinical research, medical scribing, medical support (EMT, CNA, PCA), or volunteer opportunities. 

Ultimately, these career paths lead to graduate school. The Pre-Health Programs Office offers advising for students and alumni who are interested in attending health professions graduate school.

Types of Positions

  • Physician
  • Dentist
  • Veterinarian
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Physician Assistant
  • Clinical Researcher
  • Medical Scribe
  • EMT
  • CNA
  • PCA

Where BC Graduates Land

Employment:

  • BIDMC
  • Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Brigham & Women’s Hospital
  • Dana Farber Cancer Institute
  • McLean Hospital
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • MGH
  • New York Presbyterian Hospital
  • Scribe America
  • Fallon Ambulance Service

Graduate School:

  • New York Medical College
  • Tufts University
  • University of Massachusetts
  • Columbia University
  • Boston College Graduate School of Nursing

Do I need to go to graduate school?

A graduate degree is necessary to work in a healthcare/pre-health/clinical profession.

Graduate School

Pre-health programs office

Nursing

The information below is intended for current undergraduate and graduate students in the Connell School of Nursing. Students enrolled in other schools interested in direct–entry nursing programs should visit the Healthcare/Pre-Health/Clinical Professions Tab.

Graduates of the Connell School of Nursing go on to fill RN positions (undergraduate) and NP positions (graduate) in a variety of settings including hospitals, private healthcare organizations, non-profits, government organizations, and the military.  During their educational career, students may participate in experiential learning opportunities such as CNA/PCA positions, externships, nanny/babysitter roles, camp nurses, or volunteers in healthcare settings.

Types of Positions

  • Registered Nurse
  • New Graduate Residency Program
  • Nurse Externship Program
  • Nurse Practitioner

Where BC Graduates Land

  • Massachusetts General Hospital,
  • MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
  • BIDMC
  • Brigham & Women’s Hospital
  • Mount Sinai Health System
  • Boston Medical Center
  • New York Presbyterian Hospital
  • Franciscan Children’s Hospital
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • VA Boston Healthcare Center

 

Do I need to go to graduate school?

A graduate degree is necessary to work as a Nurse Practitioner.

Graduate School

Public Health

Types of Positions

  • Epidemiologist
  • Community outreach specialist
  • Program coordinator
  • Researcher

Where BC Graduates Land

  • Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program
  • Mothers’ Milk Bank Northeast
  • Lowell Community Health Center
  • Eliot Community Health
  • Bay Cove Human Services
  • Boston Public Health Commission
     

Graduate School:

  • Columbia University
  • Boston University
  • Drexel University
  • Emory University
  • New York University

 

 

Do I need to go to graduate school?

Most public health professionals continue on to graduate school during their career, however there are areas of public health where an advanced degree is not necessary.

Graduate School

Nutrition/Fitness/Allied Health

Types of Positions

  • Genetic Counselor
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Mental Health Counselor
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Speech Language Pathologist
  • Health Coach
  • Nutritionist
  • Registered Dietitian
  • Athletic Trainer

 

Where BC Graduates Land

  • Paggi Physical Therapy and Sports Rehabilitation
  • Walden Behavioral Care
     

Graduate School:

  • Boston College
  • Purdue University

 

 

Do I need to go to graduate school?

Most positions in nutrition/fitness/allied health professionals require an advanced degree.

Graduate School

Healthcare Administration

Types of Positions

  • Health Insurance
  • Healthcare Consulting
  • Healthcare Data Analytics
  • Department Manager
  • Medical Billing Specialist
  • Healthcare Software Implementation

Where BC Graduates Land

  • Epic Systems
  • Definitive Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Athenahealth
  • Optum
  • Foundation Medicine

 

 

Do I need to go to graduate school?

Many healthcare administrators continue on to graduate school during their career, however an advanced degree is not necessary.

Graduate School

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