Hybrid Medical Specialties Graduate Programs

Hybrid medical specialties graduate programs offer individuals interested in mind-body and traditional doctor specialties a flexible learning format that combines web-based ...

courses with a low residency experience of college. Whether you are looking for a graduate degree in traditional or alternative medicine, a blended online program warrants consideration, especially if you are working part-time, or find a graduate school out of geographical proximity.

Hybrid Medical Specialties Graduate Programs

Hybrid medical specialties graduate programs may be offered as masters and doctorate degrees. You may be required to have specific requisite courses for each program, although a Bachelor’s degree is commonly required for masters degrees, and either a masters (with thesis option) or bachelors could be required for doctorate programs. These details vary between programs and universities, as do application procedures and admission policies.

Why Choose Hybrid Medical Specialties Graduate Programs?

Today’s graduate student can be grounded in science and either be interested in potential careers in medicine or in health and wellness, functional nutrition, or acupuncture. Some may be current healthcare professionals who are interested in continuing their education while they work. Online coursework is typically geared to the person who needs the scheduling flexibility, however, some of the medical specialties disciplines require in classroom demonstration, participation or interaction. To accommodate these needs, a university might present a hybrid format. Some schools may offer on campus students the opportunity to take some of the classes online, while other schools might have students register specifically for this format.

FACT:  The number of degrees conferred in health professions and related programs increased by 56 percent between 2002–03 and 2007–08 and then by 62 percent between 2007–08 and 2012–13[i].

Hybrid Medical Specialties Graduate Programs: Potential Features

While a university determines their own curriculum and program format, some of the potential features of blended online, hybrid medical specialties graduate programs learning might involve:

  • Logging into a web-based course management system to participate in live streaming webinars at set times
  • Logging into your course management system to access pre-recorded lectures when you are able
  • Several in-person residential conferences or intensives
  • Regularly scheduled on campus courses (weekends, evenings)
  • On campus meetings with research advisors
  • A practicum or supervised training
  • Laboratory work that you might have to schedule locally
  • An internship
  • Access to virtual libraries
  • Access to campus libraries
  • Same student services and access to college facilities as residential students

Types of Hybrid Medical Specialties Graduate Programs

Some of the medical specialties graduate programs that might be offered in the hybrid format could include:

Hybrid Alternative Medicine Graduate Programs which could prepare students for potential careers in mind-body medicine, integrative health, or nutrition and fitness.

Hybrid Dental Medicine Graduate Programs which could prepare students for potential careers in oral health and prevention of dental disease.

Hybrid Physician Assistant Graduate Programs which could prepare students for potential careers as physician assistants (PA’s).

Hybrid Medical Specialties Graduate Degrees: Masters & Doctorates

It can be helpful to know what the academic trajectory is to your desired career before you search for hybrid medical specialties graduate programs. For instance, most dieticians and nutritionists need at least a bachelors degree, but many have advanced degrees.[ii] In comparison, dentists need to undergo rigorous training in dental school to earn either a Doctor of Dental Surgery, Doctor of Dental Medicine or Doctor of Medical Dentistry.[iii] Naturopathic physicians typically have earned a doctoral degree.[iv] Search our site for hybrid medical specialties masters degrees or doctorate degrees then browse the sponsored listings in that category.


Accreditation for hybrid medical specialties graduate programs is, as with traditional formats, a process whereby an institution or program has been vetted for quality standards. At the institutional level, graduate schools are usually accredited nationally and regionally (by one of the seven regional accrediting agencies). Program-specific accreditation varies. Graduate nutrition oriented programs might be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics.[v] Dental school programs could be accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation;[vi] Physician Assistant programs could be accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant Inc.[vii]

Take the Next Step

Earning a hybrid medical specialties graduate degree may be a strong option for students who find a local college where they on campus component is appealing in terms of being part of the college community; for out of state students who could commit to a few short term visits to their graduate school; for international students who cannot relocate. Search our directory of sponsored listings, then take that next step and contact prospective schools about enrollment.

sources: [i] https://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp?id=37 |[ii] bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/dietitians-and-nutritionists.htm |[iii] bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/dentists.htm |[iv] onetonline.org/link/summary/29-1199.04 |[v] bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/dietitians-and-nutritionists.htm |[vi] bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/dentists.htm |[vii] bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/physician-assistants.htm