What is Allied Health?
Allied health is an umbrella term for any healthcare profession distinct from medicine, pharmacy, and nursing. Allied Health careers currently make up 60% of the total US healthcare workforce — and is growing! These careers include physician assistants, physical therapists, occupational therapists, anesthesia assistants, and genetic counselors, as well as other areas and specialties
Why choose an Allied Health career?
- Regular hours; safe, comfortable working condition
- 50% of occupations earn more than $50,000/annually
- Demand for allied health careers is growing 2x as quickly as national economy
Location or work setting
- Different specialties—anesthesiology/surgery, general practice, counseling, etc.
- Hospitals, small clinics/practices, universities, nursing homes, etc.
- Need in all parts of the country; Atlanta, South Georgia.
Less school compared with medical school
- Most programs take ~2-3 years to complete
- Lower admission requirements
Lower Admission Requirements
- Average GPA's: ~3.3-3.6 range; GRE required instead of MCAT
Helpful Handouts for Allied Health Students