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What is the AHEC Scholars program?
AHEC Scholars is a 2 year interdisciplinary program designed to provide supplemental longitudinal curricula focusing on five core competency areas, plus current and emerging issues identified by each AHEC.
The program is designed to help prepare a diverse group of health professions students to work with rural and underserved populations in their future careers.

Why should I become and AHEC Scholar?
AHEC Scholars will be equipped to:

  •            Work well in an interprofessional team
  •            Be able to integrate behavioral health into practice
  •            Recognize and address social determinants of health​
  •            Learn to develop cultural competency
  •            Respond to emerging health issues within the state​

How does the program work?
This two-year program runs concurrent to the student’s health professional program and is managed through the regional COAHEC center. At the end of the program, students will have completed and/or graduated from a degree or certificate program in their field.   There will be a new cohort of students each academic year.

  • ​Requirements for an AHEC Scholar certificate: 

           40 hours per year of didactic education outside of the traditional curriculum.

           40 hours per year of clinical education must consist of participation in team-based training in rural and/or underserved settings.


Want to know more?
View the Core Topics or find your local AHEC contact on the resources and contacts page

Hear from an AHEC Scholar completer-- Trina Fernandes, RN 

Ready to apply?  
All applications are reviewed by the AHEC regional center in your area.  You can review the acceptance criteria here.  If you wish to contact your local AHEC you will find that information on the
resources and contacts page, where you will also find direct links to the application webform.


The following will be used to prioritize which students are accepted into the Colorado AHEC Scholars Program:
  • Students who indicate a desire to serve in a rural or underserved area.
  • Students from underserved communities
  • Students who will add to the variety of health professions programs represented in your cohort.​




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