AHEC Scholars

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Online Application


AHEC Scholars is a program for health professions students interested in supplementing their education by gaining additional knowledge and experience in rural and/or underserved urban settings. This is a longitudinal program with interdisciplinary curricula to implement a defined set of clinical, didactic and community-based activities. All experiential or clinical training will be conducted in rural and/or underserved urban settings.

Program duration is two years and each year includes the following:

  • 40 hours of community-based, experiential or clinical training in rural and/or underserved area per year.
  • 40 hours of didactic education (focused on six core topic areas) per year.
  • Core Topic Areas
  • Interprofessional Education
  • Behavioral Health Integration
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Cultural Competency
  • Practice Transformation
  • Current and Emerging Health Issues
  • Each student may receive a stipend of $800 per year, subject to Desert Mountain AHEC’s approval.

Eligibility Criteria

Students should have a current interest in rural or underserved health care and 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.


Desert Mountain AHEC is seeking applicants from multiple disciplines:

  • Clinical Laboratory Science
  • Clinical Medical Assistant (CMA)
  • Clinical Nursing Assistant (CNA)
  • Community Health Worker (CHW)
  • Counselor
  • Dental Assistant
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Doctor of Osteopathy Medicine
  • Kinesiology
  • Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)
  • Master in Social Work
  • Medical Doctor
  • Nuclear Medicine (Nuclear Medicine Assistant?)
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Physician Assistant
  • Psychiatry Mental Health
  • Public Health
  • Radiography Technician
  • Registered Nurse
  • Rehab Counseling
  • Respiratory Therapist
  • Social Work
  • Sonography Technician
  • Speech Language Pathology
  • Speech Pathology

To become an AHEC Scholar, please fill out the online application by clicking the button below:

Online Application