Celebrating the important role of allied health professionals in November

Posted on November 7, 2016
Collage of CHS programs

Faculty and staff in the College of Health Sciences (CHS) are observing National Allied Health Professions Week during the week of November 6-12.

National Allied Health Professions Week honors the 5 million health-related providers in the U.S. who represent over 200 health care careers, working in more than 80 different professions and constituting approximately 60% of all health care providers.

Allied Health Professionals deliver services involving the identification, evaluation and prevention of diseases and disorders, dietary and nutrition services, and rehabilitation and health systems management.

Ron A. Cisler, PhD, dean of the College of Health Sciences and professor of Health Sciences and Public Health, emphasized the value of celebrating the work of allied health professionals, “Allied health practitioners are often behind the scenes providing quality health care delivered in this country. Not only are these health professionals an integral part of the health care team, but there is tremendous support, facilitation and collaboration among the disciplines.”

The Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce estimates that the demand for health care workers will grow nearly twice as fast as the national economy in the next fifteen years. An increasing number of health care professions will require bachelor’s and graduate degrees.

The College, which is the largest health sciences institution in the state, continues to service this growing need by offering major areas of study that lead to careers in the allied health professions.

Over forty-five programs cover the full range of biomedical sciences (medical laboratory science, cytotechnology, radiologic technology and ultra-sonography) and the rehabilitative and therapeutic sciences (occupational and physical therapy, speech pathology and audiology.)

Additional important areas of study are kinesiology, nutrition, athletic training, therapeutic recreation and health care administration and informatics.