“Research is the process of going up alleys to see if they are blind.” — Marston Bates

Listing of Health-related Professional Organizations

Contact the professional and educational associations listed below for more information on careers in each area. Members of the Pre-Health Sciences Advisory Committee can also provide advice and additional information.

Profession Organization(s) Website
Administration American College of Health Care Administrators www.achca.org
American College of Health Care Executives www.ache.org
American College of Health Care Executives www.ache.org
American Medical Records Association www.ama-assn.org
Association of University Programs in Health Administration www.aupha.org
Athletic Trainers National Athletic Trainers Association www.nata.org
Bioanalysts American Association of Bioanalysts www.aab.org
Biomedical Engineer Biomedical Engineering Society www.bmes.org
Blood Bank Technician American Association of Blood Banks www.aabb.org
Chiropractic American Chiropractic Association www.amerchiro.org
Clinical Chemistry American Association for Clinical Chemistry www.aacc.org
Communications Health Sciences Communications Association www.hesca.org
Cytotechnology American Society of Cytopathology www.cytopathology.org
Dentistry American Dental Association www.ada.org
American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry www.aapd.org
Dental Assistants American Dental Assistants Association www.dentalassistant.org
Dental Hygienists American Dental Hygienists Association www.adha.org
Dental Schools American Association of Dental School www.adea.org
Dietetics American Dietetic Association www.eatright.org
Electroencephalographic Technologists American Society of Electroencephalographic Technologists www.aaet.info
American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine www.aanem.org
The American Board of Registration of Electroencephalographic & Evoked Potential Technologists www.abret.org
Emergency Medical Technician National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians www.naemt.org
Environmental Health National Environmental Health Association www.neha.org
Financial Management Healthcare Financial Management Association www.hfma.org
Genetic Counselor National Society of Genetic Counselors www.nsgc.org
Health Physics Health Physics Society www.hps.org
Hearing & Speech National Association for Hearing and Speech Action www.asha.org
Holistic/Naturopathic American Association of Naturopathic Physicians www.naturopathic.org
American Holistic Health Association www.ahha.org
Laboratory Technology International Society for Clinical Laboratory Technology www.orthoptics.org
Medical Assistants American Association of Medical Assistants www.aama-ntl.org
Medical Illustration Association of Medical Illustrators ami.org
Medical Records See Administration
Medical Technology American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science www.ascls.org
American Medical Technologists www.americanmedtech.org
Nurse Anesthetists American Association of Nurse Anesthetists www.aana.com
Nurse Midwives American College of Nurse-Midwives www.acnm.org
Nurse, Occupational Health American Association of Occupational Health Nurses www.aaohn.org
Nurse, Practical National Association for Practical Nurse Education and Service www.napnes.org
National Federation of Licensed Practical Nurses www.nflpn.org
Nursing National League for Nursing www.nln.org
Nutrition Education Society for Nutrition Education www.sne.org
Occupational Therapy American Occupational Therapy Association www.aota.org
Ophthalmology American Academy of Ophthalmology www.aao.org
Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology www.jcahpo.org
Opticians Opticians Association of America www.oaa.org
Optometry American Optometric Association www.aoa.org
National Optometric Association www.natoptassoc.org
American Academy of Optometry www.aaopt.org
Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry. www.opted.org
Orthodontists American Association of Orthodontists www.braces.org
Orthoptic American Orthoptic Council www.orthoptics.org
Orthotics/Prosthetics American Board for Certification in Orthotics & Prosthetics www.opoffice.org/abc
Osteopathic See Physician, D.O.
Pediatrics American Academy of Pediatrics www.aap.org
Perfusion American Society of Extra-Corporeal Technology www.amsect.org
Pharmacy American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy www.aacp.org
Physician, D.O. American Osteopathic Association www.osteopathic.org
American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine www.aacom.org
Physician, Family American Academy of Family Physicians www.aafp.org
Physician, M.D. American Medical Association www.ama-assn.org
Association of American Medical Colleges www.aamc.org
American Medical Student Association www.amsa.org
Physician, Scientist (M.D./Ph.D.) Medical Scientist Training Program
National Institute of General Medical Sciences
Physician Assistant American Academy of Physician Assistants www.aapa.org
Podiatry American Podiatric Medical Association www.apma.org
American Association of Colleges of Podiatric www.aacpm.org
Public Health Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health www.asph.org
American Public Health Association www.apha.org
Radiologic Technology American Society of Radiologic Technologists www.asrt.org
Rehabilitation Counseling National Rehabilitation Association nationalrehab.org
American Rehabilitation Counseling Association www.arcaweb.org
Rural Health National Rural Health Association www.ruralhealthweb.org
Sonography Society for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers www.sdms.org
Sports Medicine American College of Sports Medicine www.acsm.org
Therapy, Art American Art Therapy Association www.arttherapy.org
Therapy, Dance American Dance Therapy Association www.adta.org
Therapy, Music American Music Therapy Association, Inc. www.musictherapy.org
Therapy, Physical American Physical Therapy Association www.apta.org
Therapy, Recreation National Therapeutic Recreation Society www.nrpa.org
Therapy, Respiratory National Board for Respiratory Care, Inc. www.nbrc.org
Veterinary Medicine American Veterinary Medicine Association www.avma.org
Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges www.aavmc.org