ERIC Number: ED246254
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-May-1
Reference Count: 0
Allied Health Educational Research. Licensure.
Stolpe, Ernest J.
This study was designed to ascertain, from the empirical evidence available, the common characteristics of successful licensure efforts in the allied health occupations. A pattern of three steps to licensure for health care occupations emerged from the literature. The first step is birth (of a new occupation), often caused by new technology (new hardware) that causes a department to justify the investment by maximization of use. The second step, creation of an association, stems from a need to communicate. The association has the effect of enhancing the status of the profession by establishing the scope of practice and the effect of enhancing income. The third step is regulating the new occupation, which is caused by turf-consciousness as the group strives to keep other groups from performing its activities (regulation). (Those groups that actually achieved licensure had three main characteristics: they fulfilled a social or national need; they had a minimum of four years of college or university schooling leading to a baccalaureate degree; and they were self-policing.) The study suggests that the three steps (birth, organization, regulation) could form a genesis role model enabling an originating occupation to use the successful efforts of other occupations as steps of progress to guide their own efforts. The model can also be used to pilot further research that will define the characteristics a specific occupation should acquire before seeking licensure. (KC)
Descriptors: Accrediting Agencies, Allied Health Occupations, Allied Health Personnel, Certification, Credentials, Emerging Occupations, Health Services, Models, Organizational Objectives, Postsecondary Education, Professional Associations, Professional Occupations, Program Development, Qualifications, Quality Control, Standards, State Licensing Boards, Technical Occupations, Technological Advancement
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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