AHEC Scholar students providing medicine at a Farm Health Workers event

AHEC Scholars is an exciting multidisciplinary program that gives health professions students a unique opportunity to practice hands-on training and gain experience providing care in a rural or underserved environment.

Work with other health professions students in your region, build your resume and increase your professional contacts. Make lasting connections with different professions and learn how to function as an interdisciplinary team. Set yourself apart from your peers and develop skills that will transform healthcare in Georgia.

Students enrolled in selected health professions degree programs in Georgia with a duration of two years or longer are invited to apply.  This program requires a two year commitment and a minimum overall GPA of 2.5 to apply.   Students from a rural area, disadvantaged background, or from an under-represented minority are preferred.  

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About the Program

The Scholars Program consists of 80 hours of online and classroom instruction and 40 hours of hands-on clinical training over the two years. Requirements for this program are in addition to a student’s regular coursework required by their degree program. Most instructional material will be self-paced study, with some small group facilitated discussions and in-person workshops held in your region with local health professions faculty.

Program Eligibility:  You must show evidence of a GPA of 2.5 or higher to apply for AHEC Scholars.  You will be required to upload an electronic copy of an official transcript on the application form. 

Core topic areas covered in the Scholars Program curriculum:

  • Interprofessional Education
  • Behavioral Health Integration
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Cultural Competency
  • Practice Transformation
  • Current and Emerging Health Issues

Partner Schools and Programs

Students must be enrolled in one of the programs of study at the schools listed below in order to apply for the AHEC Scholars Program.

School Program AHEC Region
Clayton State University Dental Hygiene Atlanta AHEC
Clayton State University BSN Atlanta AHEC
Morehouse School of Medicine Physician Assistant Atlanta AHEC
Mercer University Atlanta Campus Physician Assistant Atlanta AHEC
Berry College Animal Science Blue Ridge AHEC
Berry College Pre-Health Studies Blue Ridge AHEC
Berry College Exercise Science Blue Ridge AHEC
Berry College BSN Blue Ridge AHEC
Dalton State University Respiratory Therapy Blue Ridge AHEC
Dalton State University Social Work Blue Ridge AHEC
Dalton State University BSN Blue Ridge AHEC
Georgia Highlands College Dental Hygiene Blue Ridge AHEC
Georgia Highlands College ASN Blue Ridge AHEC
Georgia Highlands College Healthcare Management Blue Ridge AHEC
Georgia Highlands College Human Services Blue Ridge AHEC
Georgia Highlands College Health Information Mgmt Blue Ridge AHEC
Georgia Highlands College Health Professions Blue Ridge AHEC
Georgia Northwestern Technical College  AAS Blue Ridge AHEC
Georgia Northwestern Technical College  ASN Blue Ridge AHEC
PCOM Georgia/PCOM South Georgia DO Rome Anchor Program Blue Ridge AHEC
Shorter College BSN Blue Ridge AHEC
Shorter College Pre-Health Studies Blue Ridge AHEC
Brenau University Physical Therapy Foothills AHEC
Brenau University Occupational Therapy Foothills AHEC
University of Georgia Athens Pharm D Foothills AHEC
Georgia Southern University Public Health MPH Magnolia Coastlands AHEC
Georgia Southern University Nursing Magnolia Coastlands AHEC
Georgia Southern University Nutrition Magnolia Coastlands AHEC
Georgia Southern University Health Informatics Magnolia Coastlands AHEC
Georgia Southern University PreMed Biology Magnolia Coastlands AHEC
Albany State University Family Nurse Practitioner SOWEGA AHEC
Augusta University MD SOWEGA AHEC
University of Georgia (Albany SW Campus) PharmD SOWEGA AHEC
PCOM South Georgia DO SOWEGA AHEC
Georgia Southwestern State University BSN SOWEGA AHEC
Columbus State University Health Science and PreMed Program Three Rivers AHEC
Columbus State University Kinesiology Three Rivers AHEC
Columbus State University Nursing Three Rivers AHEC
Columbus State University MPH Three Rivers AHEC
Columbus Technical College Radiology Three Rivers AHEC
Columbus Technical College Nursing Three Rivers AHEC
Columbus Technical College Respiratory Care Three Rivers AHEC
Columbus Technical College Pharmacy Technology Three Rivers AHEC
Mercer University Family Therapy Three Rivers AHEC
Middle Georgia State University Nursing Three Rivers AHEC
Middle Georgia State University Pre-Health Studies Three Rivers AHEC
Middle Georgia State University Occupational Therapy Three Rivers AHEC
Middle Georgia State University Respiratory Therapy Three Rivers AHEC
PCOM Georgia/PCOM South Georgia DO Columbus Anchor Program Three Rivers AHEC

Not enrolled at any of these institutions, but still interested?
Contact your regional AHEC and let them know!

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Before You Get Started

Application Process

You will be asked to provide personal and contact information.  This information will be used both to screen applicants to the program, and for federal reporting purposes.  

You must show evidence of a GPA of 2.5 or higher to apply for AHEC Scholars.  You may upload an electronic copy of an official transcript on the application form. 

On the application, you will be asked to answer the following open-ended questions, in no more than 250 words:

  • Why do you want to apply to the AHEC Scholars Program?
  • Explain your definition/understanding of interprofessional/interdisciplinary practice in health care.
  • What personal characteristics make you a good fit for the AHEC Scholars Program?
  • How would partipation in this program contribute to your professional development? 

Questions? Contact your regional AHEC for more info


Now that you've determined your eligibility, have your transcript handy, and thought about how you'd answer the questions, it's time to apply!

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