Founded in 1876 and based in Washington, D.C., the Association of American Medical Colleges is a not-for-profit association dedicated to transforming health care through innovative medical education, cutting-edge patient care, and groundbreaking medical research.
Founded in 1859, the not-for-profit American Dental Association is the nation's largest dental association, representing more than 159,000 dentist members. Since then, the ADA has grown to become the leading source of oral health related information for dentists and their patients. The ADA is committed to its members and to the improvement of oral health for the public. The vision of the ADA is to be the recognized leader on oral health with its mission to help all members succeed.
Pre-Physician Assistant: AAPA
APA advocates and educates on behalf of the profession and the patients PAs serve. We work to ensure the professional growth, personal excellence and recognition of PAs. We also enhance their ability to improve the quality, accessibility and cost-effectiveness of patient-centered healthcare.
The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is the national voice for baccalaureate and graduate nursing education. AACN works to establish quality standards for nursing education; assists schools in implementing those standards; influences the nursing profession to improve health care; and promotes public support for professional nursing education, research, and practice.
Pre-Physical Therapist: APTA
The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) is an individual membership professional organization representing more than 93,000 member physical therapists (PTs), physical therapist assistants (PTAs), and students of physical therapy. APTA seeks to improve the health and quality of life of individuals in society by advancing physical therapist practice, education, and research, and by increasing the awareness and understanding of physical therapy's role in the nation's health care system.
The mission of AACP is
to advance pharmacy education, research, scholarship, practice and service, in partnership with members and stakeholders, to improve health for all.
The Medical College Admission Test (http://www.aamc.org/) is required by practically all allopathic, osteopathic, and podiatric medical schools in the United States and Canada.
The is described in full detail at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) web site, where students will find a great deal of information, including on-line registration, pamphlets in PDF format, and practice exams.
The GRE is the standardized exam required by most US physician assistant programs, veterinary schools, and all masters in public health programs, physical therapy programs and occupational therapy programs.
The Dental Admission Test (http://www.ada.org/) is required by all dental schools.
The Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) is a specialized test administered by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP). The test helps identify qualified applicants to pharmacy colleges by measuring general academic ability and scientific knowledge necessary for the commencement of pharmaceutical education.