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November 11, 1968

Allied Health Programs in the Junior Colleges

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From the Occupational Education Project, American Association of Junior Colleges, Washington, DC.

JAMA. 1968;206(7):1551-1553. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03150070089017

If we accept the premise that the nation faces an acute shortage of personnel in the service and supportive fields of health and medical care, then careful attention should be given to making the most effective use of the nation's two-year colleges to educate many who will go into the health and medical services. The capacity for absorbing larger and larger enrollments is apparently one of the most striking features of the two-year college. Related to this apparently infinite capacity is a responsiveness to student needs giving emphasis to a heterogeneous student body; a comprehensive program designed to meet varying needs and all ages of students; a uniquely qualified staff that differs in its preparation and interest from the traditional academic staffs; and a large number of institutions which apparently have widely differing goals, organizational patterns, and procedural methods. Another characteristic of junior colleges is an absence of preconceived notions