ERIC Number: EJ873911
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Reference Count: 3
Emerging Innovation: Allied Health Fields
Lang, Janell B.
Community College Journal, v75 n1 p36-39 Aug-Sep 2004
This article takes a closer look at emerging fields in the allied health arena. The relatively new field of Health Information Technology is one of the exciting prospects, surging with growth opportunities. These individuals are medical language experts who interpret, process, store and retrieve health information for research and data collection. Another emerging field is Cancer Information Management. Cancer registration is the basic method by which information about the incidence, type, extent of disease at time of diagnosis, treatment methods used and survival of patients with cancer is systematically collected. Within the field of medical laboratory technology, more bench laboratory technologists will be needed. With the surge of interest in genetics, stem cell research and forensics, histologic programs will grow. Another field is in homeland security. A concern in the homeland security sphere is food safety because food production and distribution offers the perfect vehicle for large-scale terrorist attacks. There is also a need to consider the future of health care professionals. Community colleges need to offer other avenues for health care workers to further their education and earning abilities. Nursing, traditionally, has provided an almost seamless pathway to move up the ladder. Students may start with a short-term Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) course, then apply for a Practical Nursing Certificate Program, then move to an LPN/ADN Progression Program and upon graduation sit for the NCLEX-RN examination. The ladder does not stop there. Also in place is the Bachelor of Science in Nursing completion program, which leads to the Master of Science in Nursing Program. A new curriculum for the Radiologist Assistant is being inaugurated at the baccalaureate level. Students accepted into this program must be licensed radiographers with at least one year of full-time work experience. Having a career path for radiographers will help retain them in the field and attract more individuals to associate degree radiologic technology programs.
Descriptors: Food Service, Terrorism, National Security, Allied Health Personnel, Food Standards, Cancer, Information Management, Nursing, Associate Degrees, Patients, Information Technology, Incidence, Medicine, Genetics, Scientific Research, Career Development, Bachelors Degrees, Program Descriptions
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
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