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Prepare for a Career in Health Care

Explore SLU's Health Care Fields

Health care careers are among the most popular at Saint Louis University — for good reason. Jobs in nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy and as physician assistants are among those with the greatest growth potential through 2026, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Saint Louis University has a dedicated college for health sciences — the Doisy College for Health Sciences, named for the Nobel Prize-winning SLU professor who discovered vitamin K — but you'll also find health-related careers in schools throughout campus.

Graduate Ready for Your Career in Health Care

As a health care major at SLU, you'll be practicing your skills in some of the best hospitals and clinical sites available. Our health care programs take you from the classroom into high-tech learning labs and straight into contact with real patients and health care situations as an undergraduate.

Junior and senior year are all hands-on, clinical experiences as well as experience in the kitchen. Everything you learn in class, you put it to work."

— Lissane Kafie, Nutrition and Dietetics Major

Top employers for Saint Louis University graduates include BJC Healthcare, SSM Health and Mercy Hospital, and more. You can also find SLU graduates working at:

  • American Red Cross
  • Bayer
  • Centene Corporation
  • Express Scripts Holding Co.
  • MilliporeSigma
  • St. Louis Cardinals

Health Care Careers by the Numbers

2.4M

new jobs in health care expected to be added by 2026*

24%

growth expected in occupational therapy careers by 2026*

28%

growth expected in physical therapy careers by 2026*

37%

growth expected in physician assistant careers by 2026*

Highlighted Health Care Majors

Experience Hands-on Learning

Health care is hands on. At SLU that's true from day one. With a 9:1 student to faculty ratio, you’ll enjoy clinical and internship opportunities tailored to your career goals.

Clinical Sites Around St. Louis — and Beyond

With some of the best-ranked hospitals in the country and the state, the St. Louis region is a fantastic place to start your career in health care. The St. Louis Regional Chamber says, "over the past decade, the health care industry has outperformed total regional employment and is an ever-growing force in the St. Louis regional economy."

Students majoring in health care-related fields choose from hundreds of clinical sites around the region, working with all kinds of patient populations — including within SLU's own physician practice, SLUCare, which conducts more than 400,000 outpatient visits annually.

Want to get hands-on experience closer to home over the summer? SLU's close network of nearly 130,000 living alumni as well as relationships built by our world-class faculty means our students are connected with hands-on clinical experiences nationwide.

SLU-Sponsored Clinics

Health Resource Center

SLU’s Health Resource Center offers eight different free clinical sessions staffed by medical and allied health students, including a physical therapy clinic and a geriatric clinic offering occupational therapy, speech therapy, social work and nutrition assessments.

Occupational Therapy Community Faculty Practice

OT students at SLU have the chance to work alongside faculty offering pediatric, geriatric, rehabilitation and mental health occupational therapy services in individual and group settings.

Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic

Graduate speech-language pathology students at SLU work alongside faculty members providing free services at our Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic, focusing on speech and language, audiology, early childhood language and literacy, aural rehabilitation and community outreach.

Cafés, Kitchens and Gardens

From Fresh Gatherings Café — a student-run café that offers local farm-fresh food in Saint Louis University’s Allied Health Building — to Salus Center Kitchen — an interactive classroom/shared-use kitchen for local businesses and organizations — SLU students interested in nutrition and food security graduate with abundant experience in the field.

Get your hands dirty, literally. SLU's Urban Garden connects the neighborhood with fresh food. It also connects SLU students with children and educators in St. Louis City Public Schools to plant, harvest and prepare food from the garden. A camp set in the garden and run by nutrition and dietetics, occupational therapy and physical therapy students is one of SLU's most popular summer options for children.

 

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* According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics