ERIC Number: ED216727
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Perspectives Regarding Allied Health Education & Occupations as Reported by Directors of [Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation] CAHEA-Accredited Programs.
American Medical Association, Chicago, IL. Dept. of Allied Health Education and Accreditation.
In winter 1981-82, the Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation (CAHEA) conducted a survey to ascertain current perspectives regarding allied health education and employment. A ten-item survey instrument was mailed to all 3,007 directors of CAHEA-accredited programs, representing 19 occupational areas. Study findings, based on responses from 2,530 directors, included the following: (1) 57% of the respondents indicated that the number of students entering their program was stable; (2) similarly, 64% considered the number of program graduates to be stable; (3) 65% of the respondents viewed the number of programs in their field as increasing or holding steady; (4) 67% felt that the occupation for which they trained students was undersupplied; (5) 57% of the sample did not believe it was rare for program graduates to move into another field; (6) a majority of respondents viewed the job market as offering graduates appropriate income (52%), appropriate responsibilities (82%), and attractive opportunities (67%); (7) 77% of the program directors obtained informal feedback on program graduates; and (8) among the main trends in allied health education identified by the respondents were recruitment difficulties, curriculum expansion to include the application of new technologies, the undersupply of graduates, budget constraints, and the need for increased professional recognition and higher salaries. (HB)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Medical Association, Chicago, IL. Dept. of Allied Health Education and Accreditation.
Identifiers: Committee on Allied Health Education Accreditation
Note: Originally published in the March 1982 Allied Health Education Newsletter.