3 approaches to expand healthcare education access & outcomes

Leverage these proven approaches to empower more healthcare workers to grow their careers through education.
Marty Reid

Marty Reid

January 17th, 2023

Education programs are capacity-constrained

Workers in allied health who want to fill in-demand roles struggle to see ways to advance

Role #1: Frontline non-allied health workers

Role #2: Technician

Role #3: Primary patient care

Practical research observations

Tech-enabled solutions can increase equitable learning access

3 key ways to support more learners earning nursing credentials

1. Competency-based education (CBE)

2. Credit for existing competencies

3. Stackable learning

Use clear mobility pathways to help learners visualize where education can take them

  1. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Occupational Outlook Handbook, Healthcare Occupations,” 2022. Projected labor needs from 2021-2031. Accessed 1 December 2022
  2. American Association of Colleges of Nursing, “Special Survey on Vacant Faculty Positions for Academic Year 2022-2023,” 2022
  3. Guild, “Webinar: How Schools Can Improve Education Access and Outcomes for Aspiring Allied Health Professionals,” February, 2022. Results based on an October, 2021 online panel aggregator survey of 558 allied healthcare workers (including frontline, non-clinical roles), with no credential above a bachelor’s degree, and a working week of at least 20 hours.
  4. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Occupational Outlook Handbook, Healthcare Occupations,” 2022. Projected labor outlook from 2021-2031. Accessed 1 December 2022.
  5. Guo, M.Z., Allen, J., Sakumoto, M. et al. “Reimagining Undergraduate Medical Education in a Post-COVID-19 Landscape,” The Journal of General Internal Medicine, 2022
  6. Guild, “Gearing Up: How Competencies Enable the Agile Work-Learn Model,” 2020
  7. Guild’s cumulative internal data as of 07.01.2022 compared to the National Center for Education Statistics report, August 2014
  8. EDUCAUSE, “EDUCAUSE 2022: Stackable Credentials Give Students a Roadmap to the Career They Want,” 2022
  9. The Josh Bersin Company, “Career Pathways: Building Tomorrow’s Workforce Today,” p. 20, 2022
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