The Current State of Allied Health

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Daymar College

Demand for allied health comes at a time when the baby boomer generation enters their golden years when health and mobility will be an important factor in their well-being. About 3 million baby boomers will hit retirement age every year for about the next 20.

What is Allied Health?

The Association of Schools of Allied Health Professionals (ASAHP) defines allied health professionals as employees that identify, evaluate and prevent diseases and disorders; dietary and nutrition services; and rehabilitation and health systems management.

What is a Baby Boomer?

The Baby Boomer is a person born between 1946 and 1964. The baby boomer generation makes up a substantial portion of the population, representing nearly 20% of the American public.

Health Challenges Facing Baby Boomers

According to the Centers for Disease Control, in 2011 people ages 65 to74 were diagnosed with type 2 diabetes 13 times as often as people age 45 or younger. Cataracts affect nearly 20.5 million Americans age 40 and older. The baby boomer generation will live longer so the chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease is greater as they age. Both Osteoarthritis and Osteoporosis levels will increase as the baby boomer generation ages.

What are Some of the Growth Positions in Allied Health?

The following growth statistics are supplied by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statics for Physical Therapists, Medical Assistants, Medical Billing & Coding Specialists, Cardiographic Technician, Pharmacy Technician, Dental Assistant, Licensed Nurse Practitioner, and Health Care Administrator.

Physical Therapist - an important part of the rehabilitation, treatment, and prevention of patients with chronic conditions, illnesses, or injuries. Employment of physical therapists is projected to grow 34 percent from 2014 to 2024.

Medical Assistant - complete administrative and clinical tasks in the offices of physicians, hospitals, and other healthcare facilities. Employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 23 percent from 2014 to 2024

Medical Billing & Coding Specialist – use various classification systems to code and categorize patient information for insurance reimbursement purposes, for databases and registries, and to maintain patients’ medical and treatment histories. Employment of medical billing & coding specialists is projected to grow 15 percent from 2014 to 2024

Cardiographic Technician - operate special imaging equipment to create images or conduct tests. Employment of cardiographic technician is projected to grow 26 percent from 2014 to 2024

Pharmacy Technician - help pharmacists dispense prescription medication to customers or health professionals. Employment of pharmacy technicians is projected to grow 9 percent from 2014 to 2024

Dental Assistant – perform many tasks, ranging from patient care and taking x rays to recordkeeping and scheduling appointments. Employment of dental assistants is projected to grow 18 percent from 2014 to 2024.

Licensed Nurse Practitioners – monitor patients’ health, administer basic patient care, provide for the basic comfort of patients. Employment of licensed practical nurses is projected to grow 16 percent from 2014 to 2024

Health Care Administrator - plan, direct, and coordinate medical and health services. Employment of health care administrators is projected to grow 17 percent from 2014 to 2024.

The demand for Allied Health workers is increasing and Daymar College offers nine programs in Allied Health. The programs include Physical Therapy Program, Medical Assistant Program, Medical Billing & Coding, Cardiographic Technology Program, Pharmacy Technology Program, Dental Assisting Program, Nursing & Health Care Administration Program