Another milestone today at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. The UNMC School of Allied Health Professions is now the College of Allied Health Professions. Dr. Kyle Meyer is the senior associate dean and says this is more than just a name change.
Dr. Meyer says, “UNMC is advancing our school to a college and I think that will help us in terms of national recognition, recruitment of students, recruitment of faculty, increased opportunities for research funding – all things that will help to continue to grow allied health education and research at UNMC.”
According to a UNMC news release, “Allied health” is a broad term used to describe many health professions involved in care delivery or in operating sophisticated medical technologies to derive diagnostic information. It has been estimated that as many as 60 percent of the U.S. health care workforce are allied health professionals.
The College of Allied Health Professionals offers educational programs in 12 professions: cardiovascular interventional technology, clinical laboratory science, clinical perfusion, cytotechnology, diagnostic medical sonography, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology, medical nutrition, nuclear medicine technology, physical therapy, physician assistant, radiation therapy and radiography.
This will be the sixth college at UNMC joining medicine, nursing, dentistry, pharmacy, public health and the university wide Graduate College.