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Enhancing health education and broadening the distribution of a diverse health workforce

Particularly for rural and underserved Pennsylvanians


Pennsylvania AHEC offers a variety of programs, services, and benefits to people exploring and pursuing health careers, educators, health care professionals, and communities, patients, and caregivers.

Individuals Exploring Health Careers

PA AHEC provides information on health careers, education programs, and options to afford and plan for a career in health care.


Community Health Workers

PA AHEC’s state-accredited CHW training program and CHW continuing education prepare CHWs to become state-certified and to maintain their state certification.

Educators: Teachers, Advisors, Faculty

PA AHEC helps educators learn more about health careers, how to assist students in pursuing health careers, and ways to connect with clinical training sites.


Communities, Patients, and Caregivers

PA AHEC health educators are trained to teach Mental Health First Aid. Smoking cessation and diabetes prevention classes also are available in some regions.


Health Care Professionals

PA AHEC offers live and virtual continuing education, connections to practice-based research, and opportunities to train the next generation of health care professionals.

*Prices Subject to change without prior notification


“I learned that to become a physician, you should take multiple different kinds of classes. Not just math and science.”​


—  SEARCH Academy participant


Pennsylvania AHEC programs guide health career pathways, increase interest in rural and underserved health care, support professional development, and encourage individual and community health.


Scholars Program

A two-year interprofessional experiential learning program for health professions students focused on rural and underserved health care and vulnerable populations. 

Community Health Worker Training

For aspiring and existing CHWs seeking state certification. State-accredited program focuses on CHW core competencies and local resources. CHW continuing education also is available.

High School Friends

SEARCH Academy

An online health career exploration program for high school students featuring live panel discussions with health professionals and career-based skills sessions. More than 160 students participated from January to May 2021, with many exploring multiple health careers.


Adult or Youth Mental Health First Aid

A skills-based course that teaches you to how identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental distress and substance use disorders. Group courses available statewide. Contact your regional Pennsylvania AHEC office to set up a Mental Health First Aid course for your organization.

Prep Courses for Standardized Exams

Taking the SAT/ACT, MCAT, GRE, or DAT? Take advantage of discounted prep courses through Pennsylvania AHEC and The Princeton Review.® Courses include content area instruction, thousands of practice questions, and up to one year of unlimited 24/7 access.

SAT/ACT Self-Paced Course: $60 per person

(regularly $299 per person)


MCAT Self-Paced Course: $1000 per person

(regularly $1699 per person)


GRE Self-Paced Course: $300 per person

(regularly $499 per person)


DAT Live Online Course: $850 per person

(regularly $1399 per person)

*Prices subject to change without prior notification

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