Allied health a grouping of college majors that entail the additional, highly specialized, medical fields (other than an “MD”) that are part of a greater medical world. These professions make up the backbone of the medical industry and offer students a way to gradually progress into the many different medical professions that exist. Allied health fields pay well and are always in demand. Don’t just look in your own city for great programs, look nationally and be willing to relocate for the right school.

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Why is this Important?

  • Professional Associations are where the industry of the major gather together
  • Many have student chapters you can join while in college
  • Many offer internships, scholarships, and opportunities in the major

Student Associations

The mission of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) is to enhance the lives of persons living with disabilities through a multidisciplinary approach to rehabilitation, and to promote rehabilitation research and its application in clinical practice. Visit
Since 1947, the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) has been committed to enhancing your professionalism as a respiratory care practitioner. Visit
The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) is the national professional association established in 1917 to represent the interests and concerns of occupational therapy practitioners and students. Visit
The Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI) was established in 1978 as part of an effort to achieve recognition for the medical transcription profession. Visit
Founded in 1985, the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) is dedicated to the professional development of its members, through information, networking, and educational opportunities. Central to the mission is the improvement in the quality of life for patients and their families. Visit
The mission of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), the principal membership organization representing and promoting the profession of physical therapy. Visit
The American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) provides certified credentials to medical coders in physician offices, hospital outpatient facilities, ambulatory surgical centers and in payer organizations. Visit
AOHP is nationally recognized as the organization for all occupational health professionals from many disciplines who are involved in the occupational health of healthcare workers. Visit
The mission of the American Association of Medical Assistants is to enable medical assisting professionals to enhance and demonstrate the knowledge, skills and professionalism required by employers and patients; protect medical assistants' right to practice; and promote effective, efficient health care delivery through optimal use of the CMA (AAMA) Visit