Welcome to the North Central Kentucky Area Health Education Center HRSA/AHEC Scholars Program
Do you want to be a leader in learning how to care for rural and underserved Kentucky populations? Do you want to work alongside students and professionals from across the state to understand Kentucky's greatest healthcare challenges? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then apply for the HRSA/AHEC Scholars Program!
The HRSA/AHEC Scholars program is a national Health Resources and Administration Association (HRSA) program. It is designed to prepare health professions students to be leaders in their field. Throughout the program, you will collaborate across health disciplines and geographic regions as you prepare to practice in the ever evolving healthcare field. You will expand your worldview and improve your ability to care for patients of all ages and cultures.
As a Scholar, you will receive a variety of benefits as you prepare for professional practice:
- $ A stipend will be awarded after each semester for completing required coursework
- Please note: the Stipend amount may vary from year to year and the NC AHEC reserves the right to change the stipend amount depending on budget limits.
- $100 paid professional license or exam fees
- Certifications that will enhance your resume profile
- Clinical and service learning opportunities that can be applied to your academic program
- Build a dynamic career network with rural healthcare providers, public health agencies, organizations and community partners
- Expand and enhance your social media and resume portfolios
- Award of a HRSA/Kentucky AHEC Scholars certificate
You will study the following core topic areas:
- Inter-professional Education
- Behavioral Health Integration
- Social Determinants of Health
- Cultural Competency
- Practice Transformation
- Current and emerging health issues
- Be enrolled in an AHEC-approved health professions program from an accredited college or university (see list of accepted health professions programs)
- Complete all the online coursework and community-based activities each year.
- Submit a follow-up survey one year after completing the program.
- The program is designed as a two-year commitment to complete the online trainings, discussions, certifications and clinical and/or community-based activities. Benefits are distributed at the end of each semester over two years.
- Each month (September - April), you will participate in 5 hours of online trainings, case studies, readings and discussions with students from across the state
- In addition to monthly online content, you will complete community-based activities, clinical trainings, workshops, and projects
- There is a 1 year abbreviated program, which consists of 20 hours of online trainings, discussions, certifications and 20 hours of clinical and/or community-based experiential training in a rural and/or urban underserved area each year. This option is for students enrolled in a health professions program that takes under two years to complete. Contact Vivian Lockstead for more information.
- Attend the Scholars orientation in September (date to be announced)
- Applications are now being accepted for the 2021-2022 HRSA/AHEC Scholars program. Follow the green buttons (HRSA/AHEC Scholars Application)on this page and fill out the application. Acceptance is limited to 15 students per AHEC, so apply early. The program starts September 3, 2021. Orientation date TBD.
- Associate in Applied Science - Emergency Medical Services
- Associate in Applied Science - Health Information Technology
- Associate in Applied Science - Human Services
- Associate in Applied Science - Massage Therapy
- Associate in Applied Science - Medical Assisting
- Associate in Applied Science - Nursing
- Recovery Coach (3 semesters or 24 credit hrs)
- Massage Therapy (2 semesters or 29 credit hrs)
- HIT Coding (4 semesters or 31 credit hrs)
- B.S. Respiratory Care
- B.S. Radiologic Science
- B.S. Nursing
- B.S. Social Work
- B.S. Athletic Training
- B.S. Medical Laboratory Science
- B.S. Human Services and Addiction
- B.S. Exercise Science
- M.S. Clinical Mental Health Counseling
- M.S. Exercise Science
- M.S. Nursing
- M.S. School Counseling
- M.S. Social Work
- Doctor of Nursing
- Doctor of Medicine
Acceptance is limited to 15 students per AHEC Center. Apply today!
For more information, please contact:
Vivian Lockstead, MS, CHES
Health Programs Specialist