AHEC Scholars is a nationally recognized certificate program for health professions students interested in supplementing their education by gaining additional knowledge and experience in rural and/or underserved settings. AHEC Scholars emphasizes a team-based approach for healthcare. AHEC Scholars is a two-year program with interdisciplinary curricula to implement a defined set of clinical, didactic, and community-based activities. The requirements should complement your existing coursework. The program is nationally funded by the Health Resources and Administration Association, Bureau of Healthcare Workforce and focuses on strengthening the healthcare workforce.
Requirements each year:
- 40 hours/year community-based, experiential, or clinical training in rural and/or underserved area
- 40 hours/year of didactic core topic areas. The didactic education is focused on the 6 core topic areas listed below and/or college elective credit.
AHEC Scholars is also offering a one-year option for certain health professions students that are in programs that are less than two years in length. The program would have the same core requirements, but would only require students to complete one year (40 hours of didactic, 40 hours of clinical experience).
Didactic CORE Topic Areas
Additional didactic options are elective credits, case recall, webinars, conferences, podcasts, meetings, trainings, etc. applicable to the core topic areas.
How the AHEC Scholars Program Will Help You
- Earn recognition as a student leader in the health community
- Inspire and improve health status and outcomes through your improved command of leadership
- Be better positioned to join or lead a diverse and culturally competent health workforce
- Gain practical skills and experience in practice transformation collaboration in underserved settings in North Dakota
- Gain practical didactic/civic engagement opportunities
- Enhance your resume
- Meet leaders in healthcare and interact with healthcare professionals creating an invaluable network for your future career
Students should have a current interest in rural or underserved healthcare; be currently enrolled in a health professions degree or certificate program; and be two years from program or degree completion. This includes but is not limited to students in medical, dental, pharmacy, nurse practitioner, nursing, physician assistant, social work, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and public/population health programs.
The AHEC Scholars program is for health profession students wishing to enhance their education by gaining additional leadership knowledge and experience in rural and/or underserved areas.
Stipends available to students who complete the Scholars programs. Students will be eligible to receive $500 per year of the Scholars program ($1000 total).
How to Apply
To apply for the AHEC Scholars program, complete the online application.