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
Recognize and address social determinants of
Learn to develop cultural competency
Respond to emerging health issues within the
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
- 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
Want to know more?
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
following will be used to prioritize which students are accepted into the Colorado AHEC
- 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.