Explore Healthcare, Explore Alaska!The Alaska AHEC provides programs for healthcare degree program students and pre-majors. See below for how these programs can benefit you!
AHEC Scholars is a two-year program designed to supplement and broaden a student’s healthcare training. Any student enrolled in their final two years of an Alaskan healthcare program (see more details on eligibility below) can apply. An abbreviated form of the program, requiring half as many hours, is available to students enrolled in a degree or certificate program taking two years or less.
Each year, students are required to complete 40 hours of classroom or online training and another 40 hours of community-based learning out in the field. The classroom training covers six topic areas related to the practice of healthcare to supplement students' knowledge of behavioral health, interprofessional education, social determinants of health, cultural competency, practice transformation, and other current or emerging issues. Students will have the opportunity to complete their community-based learning in an Alaskan rural community or with urban underserved populations.
In addition to the opportunity for more hands-on learning, helpful health-related training, and networking opportunities, AHEC Scholars also receive stipends and travel support.
Acceptance into AHEC Scholars is happening year round! Complete the online application to verify eligibility!
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The Rising Scholars is a program designed to provide you with shadowing and networking opportunities that will make you a more attractive applicant to academic degree programs and employers. Benefits of the program include:
- Coordinated shadowing with healthcare professionals
- Free industry recognized certifications (i.e. BLS, MHFA, QPR)
- Possible opportunities to travel
- Financial support via
- A stipend OR
- Travel reimbursement
Acceptance into Rising Scholars happens from spring through fall. Complete the online application to verify eligibility!
- Student HandbookClick here to view the current Rising Scholars Handbook for more details about the program.
You are eligible to apply if you:
- Are a pre-major college student; OR
- Are attending either an ANSEP Acceleration Academy (high school) or an
Alaska Middle College School
- Program Structure
The Rising Scholars programs consists of four main components: monthly meetings, events, mentorship, and shadowing.
Monthly meetings and events form the backbone of the program. Monthly meetings occur once per month and include program updates, fun and informative activities, and opportunities to connect with peers. Events occur regularly and include guest speaker presentations, seminars, certificate trainings, and more.
Peer mentorship is an optional component of the Rising Scholars program. As a part of this program we connect you with a healthcare professional or peer a few years ahead of you in their education.
Finally you will have the opportunity to shadow a healthcare professional for 8-16 hours. This shadowing placement may happen at any time during the year depending upon availability.
For more information about Rising Scholars, please contact: