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Who are Allied Health Science Professionals?


Allied Health Practitioners are health professionals who provide ancillary medical services in various health care setting and support physicians in the overall care of the patient.

  • Level of training varies with Allied Health profession (Certificate, Associates, Bachelors, Masters, Advanced professional degree).
  • Most Allied Health professions require licensure or credentialing following completion of an accredited program.
  • Health Careers span the continuum of Social/Behavioral to Medical Sciences.
  • Level of patient contact varies by career. For example:

    High patient contact - Dietetics, Health Promotion, Public Health, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Cardio-pulmonary Care, Doctor, Dentist, Physician Assistant

  • Moderate patient contact - Radiography, Sonography

    Low patient contact - Laboratory professions such as Medical Laboratory Sciences, Cytogenetics, Medical Diagnostics

Work Settings

Below is a list of health care environments but does not constitute a complete list:

  • Clinical - hospitals, physicians' offices, reference laboratories, short and long-term care facilities
  • Community - local, state and federal agencies or laboratories
  • Management & Supervision - health departments, hospital administration
  • Business - sales, marketing
  • Education - teaching, directing or coordinating health programs and services
  • Research - product development, pharmaceuticals, food products, cancer
  • Industry - equipment development, technical representative
  • Consultant - physician's office, health care facilities
  • International - Peace Corps, governmental and non-governmental agencies


  • Caring/ Compassionate/ Trustworthy/ Confidential/ Professional
  • Good oral and written communication: Effective communication and documentation of services is vital.
  • Team member: Health care professionals work with others to provide services and care for patients
  • Technically minded: Many professionals work with technology and computerized equipment

Career Opportunities

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Department of Allied Health Sciences
College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources
358 Mansfield Road, Unit 1101
Storrs, Connecticut 06269-1101
Telephone: (860) 486-2834
Fax: (860) 486-5375