Explore beyond the classroom and Gain real life experience
across Wisconsin by becoming an AHEC Scholars

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 curriculum to implement a defined set of clinical, didactic and community-based activities.

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Applications Are Closed – Will Open Fall 2021


About Wisconsin AHEC Scholars Program

Wisconsin AHEC Scholars is a two-year program designed to enhance and broaden a student’s healthcare training. Each year as an AHEC Scholar, you’ll participate in a combination of didactic and community-based experiential training in a Wisconsin rural community and/or with underserved populations.

Six Core On-line Didactic Topics Include:
Interprofessional Education

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


Enrolled or accepted in:

    • Dentistry
    • Medicine
    • Mental Health Counseling (or similar program; graduate-level)
    • Nursing (Associate or Bachelors degree)
    • Occupational Therapy
    • Pharmacy
    • Physical Therapy
    • Physician Assistant
    • Public Health
    • Social Work
  • Expected graduation in Spring, Summer, Fall, or Winter of 2023.
  • Commit to participation as an AHEC Scholar for two consecutive years.
  • Interest in working in a rural and/or under served area within Wisconsin.
  • Participating in alumni surveys after you complete the program.




How to Apply:

Applications Are Closed – Will Open Fall 2021




What are the eligibility criteria? All AHEC Scholars must be currently enrolled in a Health Professions Program of at least 18-24 months in duration by Fall 2023 (e.g., physical therapist assistant, paramedic, doctor, pharmacist, nurse).
What are the benefits of becoming an AHEC Scholar?  An AHEC Scholar will have access to health care professionals, build professional relationships with faculty members at your school, explore career opportunities, and obtain a certificate of completion to include with your resume.
How much does it cost?  There is no tuition for the AHEC Scholars Program didactic curriculum.  For AHEC scholars participants the majority of the AHEC program community-based training activities the fees will be waved. However, there may be costs related to some of the optional experiential learning opportunities outside of WI AHEC.
What if I have already started my degreed program, can I still apply? If you have already started into your degreed program and are interested in being part of AHEC Scholars, please contact your Regional AHEC center to discuss options of admittance (there can be exceptions to the eligibility requirements).
How do I choose a Region?  You will choose an AHEC region based on where you live, go to school or where you would plan to work when completed with your professional degree.
Will I work with and within a team? Yes! You will join a cohort of Interprofessional students living, working or going to school in your region.
When and how do I complete the online curriculum?  You can complete the online curriculum any time during the year, during your free time, from your home or office.  There is no tuition for the AHEC Scholars Program didactic curriculum. You will be asked to create a UW account to access the online platform, these directions will be given to you once you are accepted into the Scholars program. 
Where do I meet for Community- based Training or Learning Activities?   The in-person learning activities will happen through-out Wisconsin’s rural and underserved urban areas, either in your school’s region, or in another region in the state.  You will have the opportunity to choose some of these training and learning events.
Do I need any prior experience?  No! Health innovation relies on interdisciplinary collaboration, so students from all health profession disciplines are welcome. Skills from your peers can help your work stand out from the crowd.


Current AHEC Scholars – Meet Our Members!

NEWAHEC Scholar’s Member Page