Daily our society is becoming more aware of the need for better and more extensive health care. With this awareness comes a more concerned interest in health care systems, health insurance, medical education, physician distribution, and a growing number of related issues. Among these issues is the expanding role being played by allied health personnel. Both long-established categories of allied health workers and newly emerging health occupations and professions are shouldering increasing responsibilities in the attempt to satisfy some of the recognized needs in the delivery of health care.
Concomitant with the recognition of the broader and more significant tasks being performed by allied health personnel is a heightened concern for the quality of their education and training. The rapidly rising number of educational programs for new and old types of medically related personnel gives witness to the translation of this concern into action by various elements of our society.