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California AHEC Scholars Program

California Area Health Education Center Program
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis


The California AHEC Scholars Program is a multidisciplinary certificate program for certain health professions students that offers opportunities for hands-on training, experience in rural and underserved communities, and networking with other students and professionals.

This program requires a 2 year commitment and consists of 80 hours of classroom or online instruction and 80 hours of hands-on clinical training in addition to the regular coursework required by the degree program.

AHEC Scholars is a program of the National AHEC Organization that is implemented by local, statewide, and regional AHECs. Core topic areas covered in the curriculum include:

  • Interprofessional education
  • Behavioral health integration
  • Connecting communities and supporting health professionals
  • Virtual learning and telehealth
  • Social determinants of health
  • Cultural competency
  • Practice transformation
  • Current and emerging health issues

Students should have an interest in primary care, community health, and rural or underserved healthcare; be currently enrolled in a health professions degree or certificate program; and be 2 years from program or degree completion. One year medical assistant and community health worker students are eligible to participate.

Health professions programs include:

  • Dentistry
  • Medical Doctor (MD, DO)
  • Nursing (RN-ASN and LVN)
  • Psychology (Masters Level)
  • Public Health
  • Social Work
  • Physician Assistant
  • Behavioral Health
  • Certified Nursing Assistant
  • Community Health Worker
  • Medical Assistant
  • Dental Assistant
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Pharmacy Assistant
Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

This program is provided at no cost to participating scholars. Scholars will be awarded a Certificate in Community Health from the CA Statewide AHEC endorsed by the California Primary Care Association and the Rural Health Association.

Application process

A link to the online application is available on the program website.

Tagged as
Allied health · Behavioral health · Behavioral health workforce · Community health workers · Culture and cultural competency · Dental workforce · Health aides and assistants · Integrated service delivery · Interprofessional training of the health workforce · Nurse practitioners and other advanced practice registered nurses · Nurses · Oral health · Physician assistants · Physicians · Primary care · Public health · Social determinants of health · Telehealth · California

Organizations (1)

  • California Area Health Education Center Program, view details

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