Health Careers: National Health Care Organizations

Where can I find out more about the many types of Healthcare professions?

Try these useful websites with information about different heath care fields or scroll through our list of national heath care organizations (listed by occupation).

~ Health Career Job Descriptions
~ PA Governor's School for Health Care


Allied Health Careers

Recreational Therapist
American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA)
National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC)

Respiratory Care Technician/Therapist
American Association for Respiratory Care
American Lung Association
The National Board for Respiratory Care, Inc. (Certification Association)

Gerontological Society of America

Occupational Therapy Assistant/Aide 
American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)

Occupational Therapist
American Occupational Therapy Foundation (AOTA)

Physical Therapist / Physical Therapy Assistant/Aide
American Physical Therapy Association

Speech/Language Pathologist and Audiologist
American Speech/Language/Hearing Association

Animal Health Care

Veterinary Assistant
North American Veterinary Technician Association, Inc. (NAVTA)

American Veterinary Medical Association
Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges/National Association of Federal Veterinarians
U.S. Animal Health Association

Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic Technician/Assistant
National Academy of Chiropractic Assistants

American Chiropractic Association
International Chiropractors Association
National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (Credentialing Board)

Clinical Laboratory Science (Cell & Tissue Testing)

American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science
American Society of Clinical Pathologists Board of Registry
American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians, Inc.
National Phlebotomy Association (Certification Organization)

Blood Bank Technology Specialist
American Association of BloodBanks
American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science
American Society of Clinical Pathologists Board of Registry

Medical Laboratory Technician
American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science

Medical Technologist
American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science
American Society for Clinical Pathology

American Society for Clinical Pathology
American Society for Cytotechnology
American Society of Cytopathology

Histologic Technician/ Histotechnologist
American Society for Clinical Pathology
Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation (CAHEA)
National Society for Histotechnology

Dentistry (Teeth)

Dental Assistant
American Dental Assistants Association
Dental Assisting National Board
National Dental Association

Dental Laboratory Technician
National Association of Dental Laboratories (NADL)
National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology (NBC)

Dental Hygienist
American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA)

American Dental Association

Dietetics and Nutrition (Food & Health)

Dietetic Technician
American Dietetic Association
Dietary Managers Association

Dietary Manager
Dietary Managers Association

American Dietetic Association
American Public Health Association - Foods and Nutrition Section
American Society of Nutritional Sciences

American Dietetic Association
American Society of Nutritional Sciences
Society for Nutrition Education

Emergency Medical Services (Trauma Care)

National Association of EMS Educators
National Association of EMTs

Health Care Services Administration

Health Care Services Secretary

Medical Assistant
American Association of Medical Assistants
American Medical Technologists

Health Care Services Administrator
American College of Health Care Administrators
American College of Healthcare Executives
American Health Care Association
The Association of University Programs Health Administration
Medical Group Management Association
National Association for Home Care (NAHC)

Health Information Management

Health Information Management Coder
American Health Information Management Association

Health Information Management Transcriptionist
Association for Healthcare Documentation
American Health Information Management Association

Accredited Record Technician
American Health Information Management Association

Medical Illustrator
Association of Medical Illustrators
Health Sciences Communications Association
Medical Illustrators' Home Page

Health Information Manager/Technician
American Health Information Management Association

Health Sciences Librarian
American Library Association
Medical Library Association
Special Libraries Association

Mental Health

Psychiatric Aide/Technician
American Psychiatric Association
National Mental Health Association

Licensed Professional Counselor
American Counseling Association
American Mental Health Counselors Association

Substance Abuse Counselor
American Society of Addiction Medicine
National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC)
National Institute on Drug Abuse

Social Worker
Council on Social Work Education
National Association of Social Workers
National Network for Social Work Managers, Inc.

Marriage and Family Therapist
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)

American Psychiatric Association
American Psychological Association
Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards
Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification
National Board for Certified Counselors
National Institute of Mental Health
National Mental Health Association
National Rehabilitation Counseling Association

Mortuary Science

Funeral Director/Embalmer
American Board of Funeral Service Education


Home Health Aide
National Association for Home Care

Nursing Assistant/Patient Care Assistant

Licensed Vocational Nurse
National Association for Practical Nurse Education and Service
National Federation of Licensed Practical Nurses

Registered Nurse
American Academy of Nursing
American Association of Colleges of Nursing
American Health Care Association
American Nurses Association
National League for Nursing

Advanced Practice Nurse

Nurse Practitioner
American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
American College of Nurse Practitioners
National Association of Pediatric Nurse Associates & Practitioners (NAPNAP)
National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties and Reproductive Health

Certified Nurse-Midwife
American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM)

Clinical Nurse Specialist
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists


Pharmacy Technician
American Association of Pharmacy Technicians
American Pharmaceutical Association

American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists
American Pharmaceutical Association
American Society of Health System Pharmacists
National Association of Boards of Pharmacy


American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine
American Medical Association
American Osteopathic Association
Association of American Medical Colleges

Physician Assistant
American Academy of Physician Assistants
Association of Physician Assistant Programs
National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, Inc.

Podiatry (Feet)

The American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine
American Podiatric Medical Association

Public Health

American Public Health Association
Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (APIC)
Society for Epidemiologic Research
Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, Inc.

American Public Health Association
American Statistical Association

Health Educator/Promoter
American Public Health Association
National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.
Society for Public Health Education, Inc.

Environmental Health Specialist
National Environmental Health Association


General Radiographer
American Registry of Radiologic Technologists
American Society of Radiologic Technologists

Nuclear Medicine Technologist
American College of Nuclear Medicine
American Registry of Radiologic Technologists
American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT)
Joint Review Committee on Education Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology
Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board
Society of Nuclear Medicine

Radiation Therapy Technologist
American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (Certification Organization)
American Society of Radiologic Technologists
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology

American Association of Medical Dosimetrists

Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers

Science and Engineering

Biomedical Equipment Technician
American Society of Healthcare Engineering
Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation

Prosthetist / Orthotist
American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (AAOP)
American Board for Certification in Orthotics and Prosthetics (ABCOP)
American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA)
National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE)

Research Scientist
American Physiological Society
American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
American Society for Microbiology
Botanical Society of America
National Academies
National Research Council

Biomedical Engineer
Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI)
Biomedical Engineering Society
National Association for Biomedical Research

Surgical Technologist

Association of Surgical Technologists, Inc.

Electrocardiographic (EKG or ECG) Technician
Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI)
Society of Vascular Technology

Electroneurodiagnostic Technologist/ Electroencephalographic Technologist

American Board of Registration of Electroencephalographic and Evoked Potential Technologists
American Society of Electroneurodiagnostic Technologists, Inc. (ASET)

Cardiovascular Technologist
Cardiovascular Credentialing International, Inc.

American Academy of Cardiovascular Perfusion
American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion (ABCP) (Certification Organization)
American Society of Extra-Corporeal Technology (AmSECT)

Vision Care (Eyes)

Ophtalmic Assistant/Technician/Technologist
American Association of Certified Orthoptists
Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (Certifying Agency)

Optometric Assistant/ Technician
American Optometric Association (AOA)

Contact Lens Society of America (CLSA)
American Board of Opticianry (ABO) and the National Contact Lens Examiners (NCLE)
Opticians Association of America (OAA)

American Academy of Optometry
Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry

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