Every year, the health care community desires to create awareness for particular health care related professions, including Allied Health. November 3rd-9th, 2014, is a week dedicated to honoring all Allied Health Professionals. This event honors the more than 3 million health care providers working in more than 80 allied health professions. It promotes the celebration of allied health careers by providers, educators, and allied health accreditors.
Who are Allied Health Professionals? Allied Health Professionals provide patient care, which including the medical, dental and pharmacy fields. They work within a team to make the health care system function effectively and efficiently by providing a wide range of diagnostic, technical, therapeutic, and direct patient care and support services. These professionals are crucial to the health care providers they support and the patients they tend. It is estimated that Allied Health Professionals make up approximately 60% of the health care workforce.
What are some important traits for Allied Health Professionals to demonstrate?
- Communication-Allied Health Professionals communicate detailed information on a daily basis with the patient directly or other health care team members. Good communication skills, both verbal and in writing, are imperative to ensure the best patient care is given.
- Passion- Patients and team members often observe more from body language than spoken language, so make sure your passion for your field is ignited. A positive attitude and passionate person are often required for a satisfying health care career.
- Empathy-Understanding and relating to a patient’s feelings are important in making patients feel comfortable. When health care professionals respond empathetically to a patient’s feelings, the patient is more likely to follow and stay on their treatment plans. An Allied Health Professional who is empathetic will assist on reducing their patient’s anxiety about their visit.
- Knowledge- Completing a degree or diploma from an accredited institution is one way to learn about work within the field. Seeking additional certification within the field of study is another way to further skills and knowledge. Completing continuing education courses, networking, joining a field related professional organization, or volunteering could increase knowledge within a profession. If an Allied Health Professional is knowledgeable about her profession, she will more likely have a long lasting and rewarding career.
At Arizona College, our programs are designed with Allied Health Professions in mind. Our programs are accredited through the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES). We offer many exciting programs that include both lecture and laboratory courses for the ultimate hands on learning experience. Our programs include: Medical Assisting (degree and diploma), Dental Assisting, Massage Therapy, Pharmacy Technician, Health Information Technology and Health Information Specialist. With two conveniently located campuses in Glendale and Mesa, AZ, you can find a campus near you to begin your Allied Health training today!