To ascertain the prevalence and types of education programs to prepare multiskilled health practitioners in the United States, a national survey was conducted with funding from The W. K. Kellogg Foundation. A two-phase survey of all colleges and hospital-based educational units with accredited allied health and/or dental auxiliary programs was conducted by the National Multiskilled Health Practitioner Clearinghouse. Among 44 institutions, 75 formal educational programs preparing multiskilled health practitioners were identified. Program information as related to level of diploma awarded, length of study, certification eligibilities, skills combined, curriculum format, number and qualifications of instructional personnel, and graduate employment and functioning is presented. The identified programs are providing health skills education at basic and sophisticated levels, including certification eligible and noneligible training. ‘The programs represent a diversity of approaches multiskilled health practitioners.



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