Welcome to your resource for infomation about careers in Allied Health.
The Allied Health Regional Skills Partnership’s mission is
“to assure that the region has the allied health resources
necessary to meet the healthcare needs of its citizens”. Allied
Health is a growing field with great jobs now and in the future.
How much education is enough? How much is too much? Pharmacy and Physical Therapy now require a Doctorate Degree to begin practicing those professions. Other healthcare occupations such as occupational Therapy and Nurse Practitioner are considering requiring higher degrees to practice. Who benefits from his trend? Who pays the added cost involved? What does it mean for patients? Join the Competitive Workforce Alliance Allied Health Regional Skills Partnership on April 25th as we continue our series "Raising the Bar: How much is Too Much." Karen Garloch of the Charlotte Observer will lead a lively panel of practicing professionals discussing the pros and cons of requiring higher and higher degrees to enter healthcare occupations.
Getting the Best Return on Your Investment: Managing Physicians Practices in a Changing Healthcare Environment
What are the key drivers of production and reimbursement? How the role of patients shifting from consumers to customers is and what does that mean for your practice? The Physician Practices Summit will answer these questions and more. The North Carolina Chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association invites you to the Embassy Suites in Concord, April 4 & 5th for tips and tools from the experts. For more details, click here (PDF).
Keeping You Current on Health News
The Allied Health Regional Skills Partnership is now providing two health news feeds from the Charlotte Business Journal and all Business Journals. These stories are updated constantly so be sure to bookmark the page, so you quickly access the latest health news. Read
Raising the Bar - More to Come
The beginning of the trend to require higher and higher degrees to practice certain healthcare occupations is most often traced back to 1990, when the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy announced that the professional degree requirements for practice would move from a bachelor's degree to a doctorate. That transaction was completed in 2005. Since then a number of professions, including Nursing, Nutrition and Occupational Therapy, have started discussions on increasing their requirements, while Physical Therapy has made the move to require a doctorate to practice, starting in 2014. Yet others have chosen not to pursue this tract, at least not for now.
This trend is expected to continue and so is the debate over the impact on healthcare delivery and the healthcare workforce. The Allied Health Regional Skills Partnership is launching a year-long programming series to examine this trend. Read
Raising the Bar - How Much is Too Much?
How much education is enough? How much is too much? Those are the questions being examined in the Competitive Workforce Alliance Allied Health Regional Skills Partnership's year-long program series "Raising the Bar", a look at the trend of requiring higher and higher degrees to practice certain healthcare occupations. Often called Degree Creep, this trend is also referred to as Hyper-Credentialism. "Degree Creep is dramatically affecting who can and will enter certain healthcare fields, and substantially raising the cost of education for students and the institutions offering the programs," said Dr. Dorothy Bethea, Chair and Professor of Occupational Therapy at Winston-Salem State University and featured speaker at the Partnership's January 24th meeting. Read
Coming soon…A Summit on the Changing Allied Health Workforce
Clinical Doctorates, Healthcare Reform, Changing Technology, Changing Workforce. The Healthcare Industry is changing almost daily, which means changes for employers, educators, workforce development professionals, and those already in the field! What changes are already underway, what changes are coming? Allied Health Occupations represent one of the largest high-growth employment areas in the state, but what occupations will be needed?
Those will be areas addressed when The Competitive Workforce Alliance Allied Health Regional Skills Partnership hosts its second Allied Health Summit. Watch our website for the dates and locations!
Allied Regional Skills Partnership Presents State with Curriculum for New Anesthesia Technician Certification Program
Training for a new career path will soon be made available to community colleges across North Carolina, thanks to a Partnership between the Competitive Workforce Alliance Allied Health Regional Skills Partnership and Carolinas College of Health Sciences (CCHS). The pathway is for Anesthesia Technicians, and is the first of its kind in North Carolina. “We were faced with a high turnover rate in this position,” said Ellen Sheppard, President of CCHS, “which is expensive and adds to healthcare costs. It was an entry-level position that required no prior training, but also had few meaningful career advancement opportunities. Now, Anesthesia Techs will be able to earn a certification that increases their skills and wages.” Read
Help Shape the Regional Skills Partnership
The Regional Skills Partnership is a volunteer-run organization and our committee members are the heart of the Partnership. The leadership, the projects we undertake, and the accomplishments we achieve are a result of the dedication, commitment and work of our committee members. Listed below are the committee descriptions. Please review them and contact us if you are interested in serving on a committee or learning more about a specific committee. Click here to review committees
Watch Our Speaker from Our January 2013 Meeting
Dr. Dorothy Bethea, Chair and Professor of Occupational Therapy at Winston-Salem State University
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