AHEC Scholars

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"My name is Stephanie Norris and I am a senior nursing student at the University of Northern Colorado. I would love to become either a pediatric or labor and delivery nurse, but I am open to go wherever life takes me. I also have an interest in anesthesiology and would like to become a CRNA in the future. AHEC Scholars has allowed me to explore a multitude of topics and unique populations which has only helped grow my knowledge base. From health equity regarding food access and social determinants of health, oil and gas development and its impact on wellbeing, the use of medical marijuana, and current issues like COVID-19, this program has only helped to prepare me for a career in nursing."

If you’re looking to graduate from your health professions program with distinction, consider applying to become an AHEC Scholar! 

AHEC Scholars is a FREE program for health professions students interested in supplementing their education by gaining additional knowledge and experience in rural and/or underserved urban settings.

  • A unique learning experience designed and funded by the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services - nationally known for its desirable set of competencies.

  • Includes an online curriculum designed by the Colorado AHEC program of the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.

  • Upon completion you will hold an AHEC Scholars Certification that will permanently help your healthcare resume stand out from the crowd.

  • The AHEC Scholars Program is a two-year commitment. AHEC Scholars will participate in a minimum of 40 hours per year of team-based training (that may be a part of their current required curriculum) and 40 hours per year of instruction (in addition to current required curriculum) focused on the six HRSA AHEC Core Topic Areas. 

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Congratulations to our newest AHEC scholar graduate - Tanya Perekrestenko!

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I just recently graduated from the University of Northern Colorado's School of Nursing, and AHEC Scholars has been a part of that journey since my second semester in nursing school.  It led to great opportunities to delve deeply into topics that are touched upon in classes, and some topics that are not addressed at all but are no less important to providing holistic care.  Once I pass the NCLEX, I will be going into a position at a local hospital system.  My plans are to move in the organization towards labor and delivery as that has been a passion of mine that drove me to go into nursing.  After I get experience and have an established career, I intend to continue on to become a Certified Nurse Midwife to deepen my role.

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See how AHEC Scholar Emma Goetz is handling being a nursing student during a global pandemic!

The AHEC Scholars participate in a minimum of 40 hours per year of team-based training and 40 hours per year of instruction (in addition to current required curriculum) focused on the HRSA/AHEC Core Topic Areas. AHEC will provide a one-year follow up after graduation or program completion.

Learning Opportunities

  • Interprofessional Education

  • Behavioral Health Integration

  • Health Equity

  • Practice Transformation

  • Emerging Colorado Issues:

    • Opioid Epidemic

    • Marijuana

    • Oral Health

    • Health Effects of Oil & Gas Production


  • Certified Nursing Assistant

  • Dental Assistant

  • Dental Hygienist

  • Dentistry – DDS/DMS

  • Medicine – MD

  • Nursing – LPN, ADN, or BSN

  • Occupational Therapist – OT

  • Occupational Therapy Assistant

  • Osteopathy – DO

  • Paramedic or EMT

  • Pharmacy – PharmD

  • Physical Therapist – PT

  • Physical Therapy Assistant

  • Physician’s Assistant – PA

  • Public Health – BPH and MPH

  • Social Work – MSW

Click HERE to Register

OR, Contact:
Erika Greenberg MSN, RN

(970) 324-3018


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