Allied Health programs are among the fastest growing careers in the country and in Tennessee, projecting between 10 and 30 percent growth through 2011 (US News and World Report, 2008; Allied Health in Tennessee: A Supply and Demand Study, 2004). Enrollment in ETSU's Allied Health programs has increased 40 percent over the past 5 years, reflecting students' interest in these programs and the communities' need for these healthcare professionals. Even when nursing is excluded from the definition of allied health, these professions represent between 40 and 60 percent of total healthcare employment (Allied Health).

    The college currently has two types of programs, those that provide diagnostic and preventative care, including programs in dental hygiene and imaging science, and programs that have a rehabilitative focus, including cardiopulmonary science (respiratory therapy), nutrition, physical therapy, speech-language pathology, and audiology. Our programs include undergraduate, certificate, and graduate programs that prepare clinical practitioners for the workforce and academic/research careers. These programs are housed on our main campus, the adjoining VA campus, as well as in the Nave Center in nearby Elizabethton, Tennessee.

    According to the latest data from the bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook and compensation for the majors offered by the college are above national average. The aging population will continue to sustain the need for trained Allied Health professionals and keep compensation above average. The information below highlights the average annual salary of the professions currently represented in the college and their average starting salaries (Allied Health Tracking Report, 2007; Assocation of Schools of Allied Health Professions, Trends, 2008).

    Physical Therapists - Mean Annual Salary of $71,520 and Average Starting Salary of $59,900. Dental Hygienists - Mean Annual Salary of $64,910 and Average Starting Salary of $45,379. Speech-Language Pathologists - Mean Annual Salary of $63,740 and Average Starting Salary of $55,000. Radiologic Technologists and Technicians - Mean Annual Salary of $51,150 and Average Starting Salary of $30,339. Respiratory Therapists - Mean Annual Salary of $50,930 and Average Starting Salary of $39,740. Audiologists - Mean Annual Salary of $63,660 and Average Starting Salary of $45,953. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2007 National Occupational Wage Estimates; December 2008). Registered Dietitians - Mean Annual Salary of approximately $55,240 after 5 years in the field and Average Starting Salary of $40,000- $45,000. (varies by education level and geographic region).

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