Programs & Courses

Selective Admission Pathways
Carroll offers three selective health care admissions programs including a Nursing degree and certificate, Physical Therapy Assistant degree and Emergency Medical Services degree. Each track is highly competitive and offers students the opportunity to be prepared for a career after completion.

Career Strategies

Nursing Strategies

  • Work or volunteer in health care and medical settings during summer and winter breaks.
  • Shadow nurses in different settings to learn which settings hold the most appeal.
  • Gain experience through externship or internship programs.
  • Take electives in areas such as wellness, holistic health, medical ethics, and death and dying
  • Gain experience with research through supervised independent study or class projects.
  • Develop skills in orientation to detail, sympathy and concern, responsibility and the ability to handle stress and emergency situations.
  • Learn about licensing, scholarships and employment by becoming a student member of the American Nurses Association.

Physical Therapist Assistant Strategies

  • Gain experience working with individuals with physical and cognitive challenges.
  • Research rehabilitation and health care topics; create a poster and presentation session.
  • Volunteer for a physical therapist in a hospital or clinic to gain experience and improve your chances of being accepted into a program.
  • Feel confident with your manual dexterity and physical stamina; both are important qualities in succeeding in physical therapy work.
  • Learn about licensing, scholarships and employment by becoming of the American Physical Therapist Association.

General Strategies

  • Treat school like a job: attend, be on time, complete assignments, etc.
  • Attend programs and activities sponsored by the Health Care Professions Area of Study and related Areas of Study.
  • Secure strong faculty recommendations; consider finding a mentor in your career area of interest.
  • Consider on-campus employment as a means to build your skills and your network of contacts (e.g. fitness center, office technology lab, etc.).
  • Participate in leadership programs like the Leadership Challenge, Advanced Leadership Challenge or special leadership events and workshops on campus.
  • Attend the Careeer Development Center's workshops on resume, social media and branding.
  • Develop your resume and online presence via LinkedIn, Facebook, Weebly, etc.
  • Talk to professionals in relevant health care professions; conduct informational interviews.
  • Seek experience through part-time, summer or internship positions in a health care environment.
  • Volunteer and participate in health-related programs on campus - wellness events, health fairs, blood pressure screenings, blood drives, etc.
  • Actively participate in student organizations to develop leadership skills.  Learn to work well within in a team.
  • Participate in service-learning events through classes or one-day volunteer programs (e.g. Cold Weather Shelter, Westminster Clean-up, Fairhaven, etc.).
  • Get involved in student professional associations in your field of interest (e.g. Student Nurses' Association).
  • Mentor students (e.g. nursing student peer mentoring program).
  • Take classes in communication and public speaking (e.g. Introduction to Speech Communication SPCH-101Advanced Public Speaking SPCH-201, etc.).
  • Become a team leader for New Student Orientation.
  • Look into joining the Phi Theta Kappa, International Honor Society.
  • Supplement your program with advanced science or health courses, or minor in a science.



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