This week is “National Allied Health Professions Week”. Some of you may be wondering who allied health professionals are and what they do. The Allied Association of Schools of Allied Health Professionals (ASAHP) defines allied health professionals as “the segment of the workforce that delivers services involving the identification, evaluation and prevention of diseases and disorders; dietary and nutrition services; and rehabilitation and health systems management.” These professionals generally work in nursing, medicine or pharmacy.
“National Allied Health Professions Week” is a great way to educate the public on how allied health professionals are an essential and invaluable part of the health care team, as they play a major role in the health care industry by supporting, assisting and complementing the roles of physicians and other medical specialists.
There are over five million allied health care providers in the United States who work in more than 80 different professions. Most allied health positions on the health care team are lesser known to the public when compared to the more commonly known titles of “physician,” “nurse,” and “pharmacist.” There are actually more allied health professionals in the United States than there are nurses and physicians; allied health professionals represent approximately 60% of the total health care workforce!
Allied health professionals work as a part of the health care team. They make the health care system function by providing multiple skills that include diagnostic, technical and therapeutic tasks. Allied health professionals work directly with patients and collaboratively with physicians, nurses, dentists and pharmacists – offering support services that are essential to the other health professionals they work with and the patients they are helping.
We’d like to thank all the healthcare providers, educators, and all of our allied health students for their hard work, day in and day out in the healthcare industry.
The healthcare industry makes up about 18% of the United States economy, which is twice as high as most other countries. With an aging population, the demand for healthcare is expected to become one of the fastest growing industries by 2020. Jobs in this industry are projected to increase from 15.6 million to 19.8 million between 2010 and 2020. Here at Dorsey Schools, we offer several medical training and healthcare programs to interested students who wish to pursue the opportunity of a rewarding career in the medical field. The programs offered here are:
- Pharmacy Technician
- Patient Care Technicians
- Medical Assistant
- Dialysis P.C. Technician
- Medical Administration and Billing
- Massage Therapy
Dorsey Schools trains students with industry-current billing, practice management and electronic health records software programs commonly used in physician practices, hospitals, and medical facilities. To learn more about any of our allied health career training programs, please call 888-422-1188, or simply click any of the appropriate links above or contact us.
For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit our website at www.dorsey.edu/disclosures.