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Allied Health Science Careers In Demand

Students in the Allied Health Science (AHS) program at the Center for Innovation (CFI) are learning about the diversity of careers from leading professors and practitioners in their respective fields of study.  On Thursday, December 8, 2016 the AHS students learned from Mrs. Leann Clark and Mrs. Beth Ann Hensley who are both practicing Speech Language Pathologists (SLP) who specialize in the diagnosis of communication disorders and develop treatment programs and provide speech therapy to increase language fluency, enhance language acquisition, or ameliorate speech impediments.  As both practitioners explained to students the demand for SLP’s is growing and according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS.GOV) the median pay for Speech-Language Pathologists was $73,410 and the typical entry-level education required was a Master's degree.  The job outlook through 2024 is projected at 21% increase in the number of job openings due to an aging population who suffer stroke, traumatic brain injuries from accidental cause, and various brain diseases.  Mr. Ed. Bowling, instructor of Allied Health, spoke about the holistic view of healthcare delivery and how SLP’s are a vital link in the delivery of quality patient care.  “We are pleased to have such distinguished professionals visit with our campus and share their knowledge and experiences with our students.  Reading about a career profile or viewing a career profile from an internet source is helpful, but not nearly as beneficial as learning from an actual practitioner,” added CFI Principal Dr. James Davis.

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