AHEC Scholars Program

AHEC Scholars is a program for health professions students interesting in supplementing their education by gaining additional knowledge and experience in rural and/or underserved urban settings. This is a longitudinal program with interdisciplinary curricula to implement a defined set of clinical, didactic, and community-based activities. All experiential or clinical training will be conducted in rural and/or underserved urban settings.

Program duration is two years and each year includes the following for a total of 160 hours:

  • 40 hours community-based, experiential, or clinical training in rural and/or underserved area
  • 40 hours didactic education (focused on six Core Topic Areas)
  • Core Topic Areas
    • Interprofessional Education
    • Behavioral Health Integration
    • Social Determinants of Health
    • Cultural Competency
    • Practice Transformation
    • Current and Emerging Health Issues

Eligibility Criteria:

Students should have a current interest in rural or underserved healthcare and be currently enrolled in a health professions degree or certificate program and be two years from program or degree completion. This includes but is not limited to students in clinical psychology, medical, medical lab science, pharmacy, nurse practitioner, physician assistant, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and public/population health programs.

Application:  https://www.cognitoforms.com/YanktonRuralAHEC/AHECScholar2019Application

Students should fill out the application link above. All fields must be fully completed. Any application that is missing fields or attachments will not be considered for acceptance.


For more information contact:

Corryn Celmer
Associate Director Community Programs
Yankton Rural Area Health Education Center (YRAHEC)
Yankton, SD 57078
(605) 655-8390