Allied Health Schools in Florida

Allied health providers work in a myriad of healthcare professions, like doctors and nurses, these specialists offer high quality care to patients in a myriad of clinical and residential settings.

For individuals interested in an allied health career who would like to work in a healthcare setting but not in direct care, there are academic programs offered at several Florida universities which prepare students to work in healthcare administration.  Healthcare management and Health Services Administration degrees are the business degrees of the healthcare field. A Master’s degree is required to be considered for many healthcare management positions and to gain promotion to high level positions. Administrator is the top executive position in hospitals and nursing homes. Hospital and nursing home administrators manage the entire operation, and supervise all departments and staff.

Physical therapist assistants work with patients in need of therapeutic rehabilitation, under the supervision of physical therapists. They help evaluate and treat illnesses and injuries through the use of hot and cold therapy, exercises, stretching and massage techniques, and various other therapeutic treatments. There are physical therapy departments offering physical therapy programs at every level at ten different Florida colleges and universities.

Physical therapist assistants earn an average of $37,000 per year, which is likely to increase on account of the demand for physical therapist assistants being much greater the supply. A forty-six percent increase in the employment of physical therapy assistants is expected over the next eight years (bls.gov). The demand for physical therapy services is also projected to increase due to the sizable baby boomer population reaching the age range when strokes, heart attacks, and other health disturbances are more likely to occur. Physical therapist assistants who enjoy the career field may opt to continue their training and education to become physical therapist. On average, physical therapists earn $71,000 (Outpatient) and $104,000 (Director) per year in the State of Florida.

In Florida, the average annual wage of an allied health professional is $67,000, about $3,350 less than the national average (indeed.com).

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