Allied Health

Allied health professions account for 60% of the health care workforce, and include various disciplines.

NC AHEC 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 professional development, technical assistance, and consultation services for allied health disciplines. These AHEC coordinators are health care 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 Professional Development 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.

Anna Weinberg and Kheim Bui interacting with residents.
UNC Allied Health Students Anna Weinberg and Kheim Bui interacting with residents at PACE Burlington.

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

The following video gives an overview of the allied health sciences, as presented by the Department of Allied Health Sciences at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine.

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Resources & Special Programs

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Wake AHEC

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