a month ago
Admissions Advice

Biomedical Research or Degree as a Certified Medical Assistant

Hi! so I attend a health-oriented high school for prospective students who are interested in various health professions. Since the school is health-oriented we take courses like Anatomy & Physiology, Health Science theory, and so forth. When the students graduate most will have a license or a certificate like a Registered dental assistant, Certified pharmacy technician, phlebotomy technician, and so forth. I was torn between which one I should choose because I've heard research stands out quite a lot on college applications, so should I do medical assistant and eventually come out with a degree or do biomedical research like normal? which one do you think will make me stand out the most in my college applications?

P.S in case, you were wondering why I thinking about this in 10th grade, I have to come up with my career strand this year since next year we start branching out

Thank you in advance!

🎉 First post
Let’s welcome @Anonymouse to the community! Remember to be kind, helpful, and supportive in your responses.

Earn karma by helping others:

1 karma for each ⬆️ upvote on your answer, and 20 karma if your answer is marked accepted.

1 answer

Accepted Answer
a month ago

Hi there @SodetouN.,

It's great that your high school is providing you with all of these great resources to help you supplement your college application and career path.

When deciding between these career paths, it's important to consider what you'll be doing in each rather than the title. Here are a few questions to ask yourself as you navigate this process:

- Which are you the most interested in? Your academic interest can be a great catalyst and motivator as you navigate high school. By picking something you like, you will likely perform better and have a stronger application

- Which path is in your desired field or career? By choosing something along the lines of your future, you can better craft an application that speaks to your admissions officers about how their prospective program is a good fit for you.

- And finally, what does each career path entail? There's a difference between actively conducting and publishing research and washing out beakers in a lab. There's also levels of involvement when volunteering in a hospital. The experiences that will stand out most to admissions officers are ones that lend you adequate leadership experience and pointed opportunities that can help you craft a strong application and compelling essays.

Hope this helps!


Community Guidelines

To keep this community safe and supportive:

  1. Be kind and respectful!
  2. Keep posts relevant to college admissions and high school.
  3. Don’t ask “chance-me” questions. Use CollegeVine’s chancing instead!

How karma works