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Abstract

This paper describes the current role of health occupations education in meeting the need for health care professionals in Pennsylvania. After substantiating future employment needs in this field, health occupations education is explored in relation to curriculum needs, student profile, and teachers. Critical issues in Pennsylvania and their impact on health occupations education are described. Based on the data, it was concluded that health occupations education is creating a crisis, rather than avoiding a crisis, in the health care industry. The State Board of Education and the health care industry in Pennsylvania must become active partners and take leadership roles to provide the changes required to move health occupations education’s position on the crisis continuum from creating a crisis to avoiding a crisis in three critical areas: curriculum, articulation, and recruitment.

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