of even replacing the attrition rate reported for this particular profession. Similarly, there are only six cytogenetic technology training programs in the nation, and they graduate fewer than 41 students annually. Despite the expanding role that molecular genetic technology is playing in both diagnostic clinical and research laboratories, at the present time, there are only 6 accredited genetic technician academic programs in the United States, with an annual output of 60 graduates (NAACLS, 2008). Also, listed on the “endangered list” of allied health professions are baccalaureate degree programs in diagnostic imaging, radiation therapy, and health dosimetry, Dr. Ahearn noted (JRCERT, 2009).
There also will be a shortage of imaging technologists soon. Despite the increasing complexity of imaging procedures, which has created a demand for better-prepared technologists, the American Society of Radiologic Technologists reports that if the current academic enrollment, attrition, and graduation levels remain constant, there will be a 14 percent shortage of even entry-level imaging personnel by as early as 2012 (ASRT, 2005). Additionally, there are only 6 accredited academic health dosimetry programs in the nation, with a total annual output of only 55 graduates, which means that all of the other dosimetrists are trained on the job with variable levels of instruction, Dr. Ahearn said (JRCERT, 2009).