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Advanced practice careers

Job types

The goal of Allina Health is to lead the way toward the best possible care for patients. In an advanced practice career, you'll use your advanced education and training to provide exceptional care in various specialty areas:

  • Audiologist works with patients who have hearing, balance, and related ear problems. Salaries for audiologists vary. See U.S. Department of Labor Statistics.
  • Chiropractor Treats patients with health problems of the musculoskeletal system, and treats the effects of those problems on the nervous system and on general health. Salaries for chiropractors vary. U.S. Department of Labor Statistics
  • Clinical Nurse Specialists Provide direct patient care, serve as expert consultants for nursing staff, and take an active role in improving health care delivery systems. The CNS’s area of clinical expertise may be in: a population (ie: Peds, Geriatrics, Women’s Health), a clinical setting (ie: Critical Care, Emergency Department), a disease or medical subspecialty (ie: Diabetes, Oncology), a type of care (ie: Rehabilitation, Psychiatric), or a type of health problem (ie: Pain, Wounds, stress).
  • Nurse practitioner (NP) serves as primary and specialty care providers, providing a blend of nursing and health care services to patients and families. Full-time, entry level salary is roughly $85,000 per year.
  • Physician assistant (PA) practices medicine under the supervision of physicians and surgeons. Physician assistants perform a range of medical duties. They do basic care, such as interview patients, perform physical exams, order lab tests, and prescribe medicines. They also do more complex tasks, such as setting simple fractures. They're trained to deal with many medical emergencies. Salaries vary for physician assistants. See U.S. Department of Labor Statistics.
  • Psychologist helps mentally and emotionally distressed clients adjust to life and may assist medical and surgical patients in dealing with illnesses or injuries. Full-time, entry level salary is starting at $85,000 per year.


  • Audiologist requires a masters degree with a doctorate degree preferred or be certified by the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
  • Chiropractor requires two to four years of undergraduate education, completion of a four-year chiropractic college course, completion of Parts I – IV of the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners examinations, and pass the Minnesota jurisprudence exam.
  • Nurse practitioner (NP) requires RN license, master's degree in nursing, and NP certification.
  • Physician assistant (PA) requires an accredited, formal education program and license.
  • Psychologist requires a PhD or PsyD, national licensure, and state licensure.

How to choose an educational health care program

Programs offered in Minnesota and Wisconsin