164 Scranton Carbondale Hwy
Archbald, PA 18403

Phone Number
(570) 209-9644


Pennsylvania AHEC Scholars Program

Health Professions Students

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AHEC Scholars


The Pennsylvania AHEC Scholars Program seeks students in Pennsylvania health profession degree programs who are interested in working in rural and underserved communities to apply for a competitive, interprofessional two-year, hands-on supplementary course of study focused on providing care in communities with limited resources.

Applicants from disadvantaged and/or rural backgrounds and underrepresented minorities are encouraged to apply.

Yearly Requirements:

40 hours community-based, experiential, or clinical training in rural and/or underserved area

CBEL Experiences Submission

40 hours didactic education (online and in-person training focused on eight Core Topic Areas)

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Health Professions Students

Core Topic Areas:

Interprofessional Education
Behavioral Health Integration
Social Determinants of Health
Connecting Communities and Supporting Health Professionals
Virtual Learning and Telehealth
Cultural Competency
Practice Transformation
Current and Emerging Health Issues

Scholars Program Structure

Pennsylvania AHEC Scholars will be trained and mentored by faculty and health professionals working in rural and underserved communities.

Pennsylvania AHEC Scholars will learn in collaboration with students in various health care disciplines. Students will learn how other health professionals think about patient care, what various team members bring to the table in caring for patients, and how to be part of an interprofessional team.

Students must be enrolled in a health profession training program, be in good academic standing, and be willing to commit to two years of program participation prior to graduation. Interested students must complete an AHEC Scholars application, indicating their interest in and experience with rural and underserved populations and communities.

Eligible health profession programs include, but are not limited to: Medical, Dental, Physician Assistant, Pharmacy, Nursing, Psychology (Masters/Doctorate), Optometry, Social Work (Masters/Doctorate), Occupational Therapy (Masters/Doctorate), Public Health (Masters/Doctorate).



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Core Topic Areas

164 Scranton Carbondale Highway
Archbald, PA 18403

(570) 209-9644