AHEC - North Carolina Area Health Education Centers Program

About NC AHEC » Health Professions


Health Professions

Allied Health

Allied Health Professions include:

  • Audiology
  • Cytotechnology
  • Health Information Management
  • Medical Social Work
  • Physical Therapy
  • Radiologic Technology
  • Recreation Therapy
  • Respiratory Care/Cardiopulmonary
  • Clinical Laboratory Science
  • Dietetics/Nutrition
  • Histologic Technology
  • Nuclear Medicine Technology
  • Occupational Therapy Phlebotomy
  • Physician Assistant
  • Radiation Therapy Technology
  • Rehabilitation Counseling
  • Speech/Language Pathology

Allied health professions account for 60% of the healthcare workforce, and include various disciplines. The AHEC program works to increase the visibility of these professions and pose solutions to issues affecting the supply and distribution of allied health personnel in the state.

Each regional AHEC has one or more staff members coordinating continuing education, technical assistance, and consultation services for allied health disciplines. These AHEC coordinators are healthcare professionals themselves and work closely with local advisory groups to meet the needs of their constituents. NC AHEC services help allied health professionals, especially those in rural counties, stay in touch with current trends and new technologies. Continuing education programs vary in length from a few hours, to multi-day conferences and semester-long courses. The majority of programs carry continuing education or college credits.

The NC AHEC Program helps support community-based student rotations, and provides library and information technology services to students and practitioners across the state. Allied health directors address issues in interdisciplinary education, health careers, and minority workforce development. They also support the AHEC Spanish Language and Cultural Training Initiative, which addresses the rapidly growing Spanish-speaking population in the state.

The Council for Allied Health in North Carolina

The NC AHEC Program has provided substantial organizational and operational support for the Council for Allied Health in NC since its creation in 1989. A representative from the regional AHEC allied health directors serves as a member of the Council, as does the director of the statewide AHEC Program.

The Council’s purpose is to monitor trends and recommend strategies to ensure North Carolinians have access to a well-prepared, well-distributed allied health workforce that is representative of the diversity of NC communities. Members of the Council represent practitioners, employers, and educational organizations.

Allied Health CE Statistics 2012-2013

The Council for Allied Health in NC, the NC AHEC Program, and The Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research at UNC-Chapel Hill, are conducting a series of reports on allied health professions. The reports present an analysis of currently available allied health workforce data by occupation and offer recommendations to ensure adequate numbers of professionals for the state's healthcare demands.

To view the latest Allied Health Workforce Reports, check the NC Health Professions Data System.