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.

To learn more about the program, watch this short overview video of Wisconsin AHEC Scholars: Click Here

Applications Are Closed – Will Open Fall 2021


About Wisconsin AHEC Scholars Program

This is a 2-year program.
Students will need to complete six on-line didactic learning modules around the core topics.
Complete at least 40 hours of community-based experiences (which may include some of the student’s clinical hours)
Complete 2 webinars each year
Participate in virtual network sessions
Earn a certificate of completion and monetary stipend
Gain more skills and experience to enhance your learning and give you additional hiring advantages

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

Experiential Learning:

Students will participate in clinical/community learning experiences, led by one of the seven AHEC Centers (of about 15-20 students) throughout Wisconsin, where you will get to interact with the local community and learn to transform your healthcare practices to suit the needs of rural and underserved communities.
Students participate in these experiences in their school’s region, but may also have the opportunity to participate with other Center programs. A list of potential learning experiences will be available on our calendar.


The program is administered by the Wisconsin AHEC Program

How to Apply:
The program is administered by the Wisconsin AHEC Program. Each of the seven centers including NEWAHEC will have a co-hort of at least 15 students.

To Apply you will need to:
Complete Application Form (found here)
Include Current Resume (1-page)
Include Transcript (Unofficial)
Include Two Letters of Recommendation



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 2018 (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 (e.g., Wisconsin Express).
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