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Your Guide to Careers in Allied Healthcare from A to Z.

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Begin by requesting information from several schools, and after a short time you’ll be contacted by a representative from that school.  Be prepared with a list of questions to discuss to make sure that the program meets your objectives.

Whether you’re interested in medical billing and coding, medical assisting, nursing, or one of the many other allied health careers, now is the time to get started.  There are many schools across the country that offer degrees in various allied health programs.  In some cases, such as with medical billing and coding, online programs may be sufficient to obtain your degree.  If your situation requires you to pursue an online program, we’ve compiled a list of options to choose from.

Have you ever wondered about the people who care for you when you are ill or injured?  Of course there are the doctors and nurses, but what about all the others involved in your care?  From the medical billing and coding department to the office assistants and receptionists; from the laboratory technicians to the physical therapists, there is an entire team of medically educated and trained professionals involved in the care of the patient.   We call them the “allied health professionals”.

What is Allied Health?

New technologyThe U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration defines allied health professionals as those who “are involved with the delivery of health or related services pertaining to the identification, evaluation and prevention of diseases and disorders; dietary and nutrition services; rehabilitation and health systems management, among others”. They work in a variety of settings, from doctors’ offices and walk-in clinics to hospitals, rehabilitation centers and long term healthcare facilities.

According to the Health Professions Network, allied health careers account for approximately 60% of the healthcare labor force in the United States. The U.S. Department of Labor adds that there are at least 40 different types of allied health jobs within health care, one of the country’s fastest growing employment sectors.


Careers in Allied Health

There is a long list of allied health careers, all which play an essential role. Here is an overview of just some of the major players who help deliver quality health care.

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