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What Are Allied Health Careers?

When you go to see the doctor, you’re probably more focused on your condition than the medical staff you meet. If you tallied all the people involved in your medical visit, it would be quite a list:
• The office assistant who checks you in and updates your information
• The medical assistant that takes your weight and blood pressure
• The phlebotomy technician that draws your blood
• The technician that calls in prescriptions after you meet with the doctor
• The pharmacy technician that fills your order
• The information technician that translates your chart and the doctor’s notes into a set of billing codes

    The positions described above are allied health professions. Allied health is an umbrella term used to identify approximately 200 types of health professions, excluding doctors and nurses.
The healthcare industry is projected to add over two million jobs between 2014 and 2024, more than any other industry. Allied health positions make up around 60 percent of the total health workforce, with most of these positions requiring less than a year in school training.
Growth in healthcare certainly isn’t new, the field has been growing steadily for years due to several factors:
• A growing population — though slower than previous years, the US still added over 2 million people last year
• An aging population due to advancements in medicine and medical technology
• A rise in chronic health conditions like diabetes and obesity
• Health insurance reforms have increased routine medical care for newly covered individuals

    If you are interested in starting a career in the fastest growing industry in the country, you might be wondering what steps you need to take. Wonder no more. Heartland Community College is hosting a Health Care Careers Open House on August 21st. Learn more about allied health care careers available through Heartland Continuing Education. Meet one-on-one with instructors and learn more about the course programs and career outlooks. Courses offered this fall include Medical Billing and Coding, Pharmacy Technician, Phlebotomy Technician, Medical Office Assistant, Clinical medical Assistant and Veterinary Assistant. All of these courses are completed in less than 16 weeks.
    Within a few months, you could be working in this high-demand industry as you embark on your new allied health career.

    For more details about Heartland Health Care Careers Open House, visit heartland.edu/communityEd or call 309-268-8160.


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