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Health & Medical Graduate Programs & Degrees 2020+

Medical & Health Services Average Salary


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Nurse Practitioners



Occupational Therapists



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Top States for Employment: Pharmacist



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Top Salary Metro Areas in the United States: Pharmacists
Metro Area Annual Mean Salary Employment
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA $154,320 180
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX $153,790 440
Santa Rosa, CA $150,990 510
Brownsville-Harlingen, TX $150,910 230
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA $149,930 310

Bureau of Labor Statistics

What is the difference between a M.S. and Doctorate in Medicine?

The MS and Doctor of Medicine may prep you to pursue a career in healthcare, speaking in the broadest sense. Yet they are very distinct both in the education they provide and the careers they may prepare you for.

Master of Science

The MS is an academic or professional degree, earned at graduate school. One might earn their Master of Science ‘in’ many different fields. Within health and medicine, you’ll find MS in Nursing, bioethics, public health and so on. Most programs take about one to two years full time.

In some cases, you’ll need at least an MS to pursue a specific license. Family Nurse Practitioner is one instance. Other MS programs may enable students to pursue leadership roles. The degree also serves as a springboard to a PhD, MD, or other doctorate degree.

Doctor of Medicine (MD)

The Doctor of Medicine is a medical degree, earned at medical school. To earn one, students go through a rigorous four-year curriculum. The first two years include classes and laboratories. In the last two years, students complete a supervised practice.

Usually this period involves rotations in various clinical areas. These span internal medicine, family practice, obstetrics, gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry, and surgery. As such, they gain experience in how to diagnose and treat illnesses in a variety of areas.

MSN (Master of Science in Nursing)

DC (Doctor of Chiropractic)

MSN Family Nurse Practitioner

Doctor of Chiropractic (DC)



Length of Program:  16.1 months, 48 credits

Length of Program:  5-6 terms, 248 credits

This program prepares licensed Registered Nurses (RNs) with a bachelor’s degree to expand their scope of practice. Family Nurse Practitioners (FNPs) provide primary care to patients of all ages, genders and health conditions through their lifespan.

This program prepares students to become first-contact, primary care physicians fully qualified to diagnose, treat, and manage a wide range of conditions.

  • Physical Assessment
  • Advanced Pathophysiology
  • Advanced Pharmacology
  • Advanced Health Assessment
  • Clinical Decision-Making
  • Human Biochemistry
  • Spine and Extremities Anatomy & Lab
  • Neuroanatomy
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Manipulation of the Cervical Spine

Specific accreditations: American Association of Colleges of Nursing (CCNE)

Specific accreditations: Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE)



In short, graduates of MS programs, unless also MDs, cannot practice medicine. To practice medicine, one needs to earn an MD. Then comes licensure and board certification if applicable.

What is a PhD degree in Medicine? A PhD/MD degree us

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