Direct Patient & Therapeutic Care


Career Progression

Entry Level

C.N.A., Nursing Assistant

Mid Level


Senior Level


Pathway Category

Mid-Level: These positions pay more than those at the entry level, but also often require some related work experience and additional education, such as a technical training/certificate, two-year associate’s degree, or four-year bachelor’s degree. This is generally the point where workers have identified a career they enjoy and begin fine-tuning their skills and earning related licensures. Some experienced workers from other industries or students who have completed internships or apprenticeship training programs may be able to enter at this elevated level.

What does a person in this career do?

You enjoy working with people! Your critical thinking and problem solving skills help to diagnose, troubleshoot, and treat a wide range of injuries, disorders, and diseases for your patients. You don’t mind being on the front line of the fight to help keep members of your community healthy, happy, and productive.  Occupations in the Direct Patient & Therapeutic Care family focus primarily on changing the physical health status of patients through direct care, treatment, and health education. They spend most of their time working directly with patients to diagnose, troubleshoot, and treat a wide range of physical illnesses, injuries, disorders, and diseases.  Someone who enjoys working with people, doesn’t mind being around illness, and wants to make a difference in their community will like these roles. Travel is not often required, but there are a growing number of institutions offering in-home and traveling or mobile medical services.

Description of duties

Diagnose patient health care needs, develop and implement nursing care plans, and maintain medical records for sick, injured, disabled, or aging patients or residents. Order, interpret, and evaluate various diagnostic or clinical tests and procedures. May provide case management services or advise on health maintenance, disease prevention, and additional health education. Professional license required.

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Knowledge and Skills Required

  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Physical Therapy and Counseling
  • Medical and Office Software
  • Active Listening and Communication
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Documenting and Processing Information

Other Job Titles

  • RN
  • Charge Nurse
  • Clinic Nurse
  • Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)
  • Office Nurse
  • Triage LPN
  • LPN
  • Registered Nurse