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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are the acceptance rates for students in your program?

A: Below are the statistics for the past five years for applicants to all programs. Statistics are for students applying through the Health Professions Committee for the current graduating classes. We support our graduates indefinitely beyond graduation. Therefore, multiple percentages reflect updates for additional applicants + re-applicants to the present time. The "medicine" category combines both allopathic and osteopathic medicine.

 

Field
Class of 09
Class of 10
Class of 11
Class of 12
Class of 13
Audiology
-
-
-
1/1= 100%
1/1= 100%
Chiropractic
2/2= 100%
-
4/4=100%
1/1= 100%
2/2= 100%
Dentistry
2/2= 100%
-
2/2= 100%
6/6= 100%
2/2= 100%
Genetic Counseling
-
-
-
-
0/1= 0%
Health Administration
-
-
-
-
1/1= 100%
Medicine

15/15= 100%

16/16= 100%

8/10=80%

14/17= 82%

6/8= 75%

7/8= 88%

8/9= 89%

9/9= 100%

14/17= 82%
Naturopathic Medicine
-
-
1/1= 100%
-
1/1= 100%
Nursing
-
3/3= 100%
3/3= 100%
3/3= 100%
2/2= 100%
Occupational therapy
-
1/1= 100%
1/2= 50%
-
-
Optometry
4/4= 100%
-
2/2= 100%
-
1/1= 100%
Pathologists' Assistant
-
-
-

0/1= 0%

1/1= 100%

-
Pharmacy
2/2= 100%

3/3=100%

4/4= 100%

-

2/3= 67%

3/3= 100%

-
Physical therapy
2/2= 100%
-
2/2= 100%
1/1= 100%
1/1= 100%
Physician assistant
1/2= 50%

2/4=50%

1/1=100%
1/2= 50%
2/3= 67%
5/6= 83%
Podiatry
-
1/1= 100%
-
1/1= 100%
1/1= 100%
Public Administration
-
-
1/1= 100%
-
-
Public Health
-
1/1=100%
2/2= 100%
1/1= 100%
-
Radiological Sciences
-
1/1=100%
-
-
-
Veterinary medicine

3/4=75%

5/5= 100%

1/1=100%
4/4= 100%
2/2= 100%
2/2= 100%

 

Q: Which schools have accepted your students?

A:

Q: Do you guarantee acceptance?

A: No. However, we do guarantee that we will keep abreast of your progress, give you guidance, and advocate appropriately for you as long as it takes, even after you graduate. It is important to mention that our special relationship with our affiliates often gives students an edge in the application process.

Q: Do pre-medical students have to major in Biology?

A: No. Medical schools and other health professions schools do NOT require students to major in biology! Although students must take the prerequisite courses required for professional school, they should feel free to choose or design a Program of Emphasis in any academic area.

Q: Do pre-medical students have to do research?

A: The generic answer is "no". However, the Health Professions Committee strongly encourages all of our students who enjoy laboratory work to consider getting some research experience, as there are excellent opportunities for combined degrees in medicine (M.D./Ph.D. and D.O./Ph.D.) and for pursuing Ph.D.s in many other health fields, such as nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and public health. It can also give you an edge when applying to schools that put a premium on research. In addition, research experience gives students the flexibility to apply to graduate school if their plans change.

Note that shadowing experience is ESSENTIAL for ALL health professions students. Just doing research will not be sufficient.

And finally, in-depth study in ANY field, such as an independent study project, is viewed favorably by the professional schools.

Q: What is the difference between an M.D. and a D.O.? And what is an N.D.?

A: M.D. and D.O. are the two main types of physicians. There is also a third type of physician emerging in our health care system, an N.D. The table provides a broad, generalized overview for comparison.

 

M.D. D.O. N.D.
Meaning of the credential Medical Doctor Doctor of Osteopathy Naturopathic Doctor
Type of medical practice Allopathic Osteopathic Naturopathic
Treatment Forte Accidents and acute illnesses Accidents, acute illnesses, and wellness Wellness and chronic disease management
Practice modalities Drugs and surgery Drugs, surgery, and osteopathic manipulation Minor surgery, naturopathic manipulation, and natural modalities, including herbs, massage, diet, acupuncture, and homeopathy
Education 4 years of medical school followed by residency 4 years of medical school followed by internship year and residency 4 years of medical school with optional residency
Scope of practice Licensure nationwide Licensure nationwide Licensure in 17 states, the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico
Websites for premeds http://www.aamc.org http://www.aacom.org http://www.aanmc.org

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Q: Where does Juniata stand on complementary and alternative medicine?

A: Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is used extensively by patients in the United States, and integrative medicine (CAM + conventional medicine) is gaining momentum as a model for health care. Although the Juniata College Health Professions Committee does not advocate for a specific philosophy of health care, we encourage our students to explore and critically evaluate CAM and integrative medicine in order to understand the complexity of options in the U.S. health care system and to find the niche that best fits their interests, career goals, and personal philosophy.  Toward that end, we offer two courses, ND 290 Rural Health Care Issues and ND 295 Rural Health Rotations, that introduce students to the practice of medicine in Huntingdon from integrative medical perspective.