Health Professions and Medical Sciences

Today’s health and medical science professionals need to be proficient in their chosen field, committed to helping others, and driven to take on the unique and ever-changing challenges facing modern health care delivery.

At RIT, you’ll find innovative, tech-infused academic programs; immersive undergraduate research experiences; hands-on clinical, co-op, and internship opportunities; modern, state-of-the-art facilities; and a supportive, encouraging environment.

All you need to do is bring your sense of wonder and a readiness to make a positive impact in the health and medical sciences.

RIT is a Leader in Pass Rates for National Health Care and Medical Credentialing Exams

97%

National Exam Pass Rate

American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography Exams for OB/GYN, Abdomen, Cardiac
 

100%

One-Year Pass Rate

Commission on Dietetic Registration Credentialing Exam for Dietitian Nutritionists

92%

First-Time Pass Rate

Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination® (PANCE) National Credentialing Exam for Physician Assistants

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Combined Accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s Degrees

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RIT’s Combined Accelerated Pathways are dual degrees that enable you to earn a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in approximately five years of study. They’re designed for exceptional undergraduate students with outstanding academic records. They accelerate your learning and position you for success. You’ll earn two degrees in less time and with a cost savings while still taking advantage of cooperative education experiences, internships, research, study abroad, and more.

Two is always greater than one, especially when it comes to investing in your education.

Bachelor’s Degree Master’s Degree(s)
Applied Mathematics BS Applied and Computational Mathematics MS
Applied Statistics and Actuarial Science BS Applied and Computational Mathematics MS Applied Statistics MS
Bioinformatics and Computational Biology BS Bioinformatics MS 
Environmental Science MS
Biomedical Engineering BS Science, Technology, and Public Policy MS
Biotechnology and Molecular Bioscience BS Bioinformatics MS
Chemistry BS Chemistry MS  
Materials Science and Engineering MS
Computational Mathematics BS Applied and Computational Mathematics MS
Computer Science MS
Physician Assistant BS/MS* * The physician assistant major is only offered as a BS/MS degree program.

Accelerated Medical Programs

RIT has selected partnerships with academic institutions in which RIT students may be offered conditional or guaranteed acceptance to accelerated, graduate-level medical programs in medicine, dentistry, or pharmacology.

RIT + Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

An early acceptance program to Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine for RIT students interested in pursuing medical and dental school, or a graduate degree in pharmacy.

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RIT + SUNY Upstate Medical University College of Medicine

The Upstate Accelerated Scholars Program allows admitted, first-year RIT students seeking a bachelor of science degree to be guaranteed acceptance into Upstate Medical University’s Doctor of Medicine Program.

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Pre-Med Programs

Pre-Med/Pre-Health Advising Program

The Pre-Med/Pre-Health Advising Program is a pre-professional advising option that provides personal, individualized academic counseling to help you become an exceptional candidate for admission to medical schools and graduate programs in health care professions. Learn how the Pre-Med/Pre-Health Advising Program can help prepare you for medical school.

Pre-Vet Advising Program

Occupations in veterinary medicine are expected to grow three times faster than all other occupations through 2030. If you’re interested in caring for animals, conducting research related to animal illnesses, or working with livestock in university or government settings, RIT’s Pre-Vet Advising Program can help you reach your career goals. 

Practical Experience. Proven Results.

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Research Opportunities

At RIT, research begins on day one, and is driven by YOU. Alongside top faculty researchers, you’ll conduct original research on topics that intrigue you. Design your own projects, carry out experiments, and analyze and interpret the results. Throughout, our research faculty will guide you while sharing their insights. And, ample opportunities exist to present your findings at conferences or to publish your work in professional science journals.

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Goldwater Scholars

Since 2005, a total of 30 students have earned the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, the most prestigious undergraduate research award in the nation.

44th

RIT’s Ranking for Undergraduate Research

U.S. News & World Report, 2021

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At RIT, hands-on, experienced-based opportunities are intentional and purposeful.

And designed for you to gain real experience, interact with experts, explore professional work environments, enhance your perspectives, and apply your skills in a range of settings. You’ll turn knowledge into know-how as you gain the hands-on experience employers look for in their next top hires.

12th

RIT among top schools for co-op and internship programs

U.S. News & World Report, 2021

150+

Nationwide Clinical Rotation Sites

For physician assistant, dietetics and nutrition, and diagnostic medical sonography (ultrasound)

Learn more about experiential learning in the health and medical sciences.

Research Facilities

At RIT, your learning extends outside the classroom, to clinical facilities and research laboratories where you will practice patient care, gain clinical training, or conduct immersive research in a range of areas related to health care and medicine.

Cadaver Lab

Human gross anatomy is taught in the fall (for medical illustration majors) and in the spring (for physician assistant and biomedical sciences majors) with the use of cadaver specimens acquired from the University of Rochester's School of Medicine.

Physician Assistant Lab

Arranged as a central classroom with mock examination stations positioned around the perimeter, the Physician Assistant Lab provides opportunities for lecture and break-out stations that support clinical skill training for physician assistant majors.

Ultrasound Scanning Suite

To remain a leader in educating technically sound sonographers, the diagnostic medical sonography program emphasizes not only on the didactic aspect of learning, but also the practical, hands-on, clinical aspect.

The Fitness Lab

The Fitness Lab houses state-of-the-art equipment utilized by exercise science students to gain hands-on experience conducting fitness assessments and testing. Fitness services, such as fitness assessments, are also provided by exercise science students to the RIT community.

Simulation Lab

The Simulation Laboratory consists of three parts a patient room that contains a simulation mannequin, a control room where operation of the mannequin occurs, and a debriefing room where faculty interact with students after simulated medical scenarios end.

Anatomy and Physiology Lab

DaVinci had it right. Biomedical sciences and medical illustration students must observe the human body inside and out to understand the sum of its parts. RIT students learn from dissecting cadavers in the Anatomy and Physiology lab in RIT’s Center for Bioscience Education and Technology.

Careers in Health Care

Graduates of our majors in science, math, health professions, and medical sciences find themselves working for top health care and pharmaceutical companies, world-renowned hospitals and health care systems, and innovative organizations focused on developing health care technologies.

97%

Science and Math Majors

Who are employed, in grad school, or pursing alternative plans (e.g., military, volunteering) within six months of graduation

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Here’s a sample of places you could find yourself employed:

  • Bausch & Lomb
  • The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia 
  • The Cleveland Clinic 
  • Duke University Health System 
  • Google 
  • Johnson & Johnson 
  • Massachusetts General Hospital 
  • Ortho Clinical Diagnostics 
  • Raytheon Company 
  • Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. 
  • Roswell Park Cancer Institute 
  • Strong Memorial Hospital 
  • SUNY Upstate Medical Center 

Graduate Medical Schools and Health Care Degrees

RIT graduates have continued their education at top-tier medical schools and graduate programs in science, math, health professions, and the medical sciences. 

98%

Health and Medical Science Majors

Who are employed, in grad school, or pursing alternative plans (e.g., military, volunteering) within six months of graduation

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A sampling of schools where RIT students have earned advanced degrees includes:

  • Boston University School of Medicine
  • Cornell University
  • Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
  • Georgetown University School of Medicine
  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • New York Chiropractic College
  • New York University School of Medicine
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • SUNY Upstate Medical University, College of Health Professions
  • University of Rochester
  • Weill Cornell Medical College
  • Yale University

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