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What is Allied Healthcare?
The term Allied Health refers to a number of healthcare professions. Allied Health does not encompass Nursing or Medicine, but supports, aids, and increases the efficiency of the nursing and medical teams. There are over 5 million allied health care providers in the U.S., and over 200 allied health careers. Due to an ageing population, cost control, and advances in technology, allied healthcare professions are expected to grow over the next decade.
There are two types of Allied Health Professionals - Technicians and Therapists. The main difference being, Technicians are trained in under two years and often report to Therapists or Technologists. Technician careers include: Ophthalmic Laboratory Technician, Radiological Technician, Cardiovascular Technician and Clinical Laboratory Technician.
Therapists/Technologists receive 4 to 6 years training, which includes acquiring procedural skills. Therapists have more responsibilities including supervising Technicians/Assistants, Diagnosis, and Treatment.
A bachelor’s degree is the minimum educational requirement for Therapist positions, and professionals are compensated accordingly. Careers include: Dietician/Nutritionist, Cytotechnologist, Pathologist’s Assistant, Nuclear Medicine Technologist and Radiation Therapist.
If you enjoy new challenges every day, have a strong desire to help others, and want to join one of the fastest growing professions in the U.S., then an Allied Healthcare career may be for you. As an Allied Healthcare Professional, you will gain specialized healthcare knowledge that will assist you in caring for patients. You will need to have the ability to deal with people of diverse backgrounds in stressful situations.
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Below is a list of some of the various types of allied health careers / professions: