• The San Luis Valley Area Health Education Center offers assistance and educational enhancement opportunities for individuals studying to become healthcare professionals. This includes temporary housing opportunities for out-of-town healthcare students on rotation, and enhanced academic offerings for local healthcare students.

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  • Be a part of the first national cohort of AHEC Scholars


    With a program designed and funded by the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

    With 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. The SLV AHEC will provide a one-year follow up after graduation or program completion.

    AHEC Scholars, presented by the SLV AHEC, provides health professions students with a unique learning experience. AHEC Scholars will be nationally known as possessing a desirable set of competencies.


    Learning opportunities will include:

    Interprofessional Education

    Behavioral Health Integration

    Social Determinants of Health

    Cultural Competency

    Practice Transformation

    Current/Emerging Issues:

    Colorado’s response to the Opioid Epidemic


    Oral Health: Access to care and primary care integration

    Mental Health: Access to care

    Suicide Prevention

    Health Effects of Oil & Gas Extraction

    Eligible Local Programs

    Available only to specific local programs at Adams State University and Trinidad State Junior College

    In order to become an AHEC Scholar, you must be a student in one of the following college and university programs:



    • Nursing (BSN)

    • Exercise Science Master's

    • Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master's



    • Nursing (Associate Degree in Nursing; BSN in Nursing through dual enrollment; Practical Nurse to Associate Nurse AAS; Nursing Certificate; or Practical Nurse exit option)

    • Addiction Counseling (AAS with CAC-I & CAC-II options)

    • Medical Assistant (Medical Assistant Professional AAS; Medical Assistant Professional Certificate)

    • Certified Nursing Assistant (Nurse Aid Certificate and Nurse Aid Certificate in Long Term Care)

    • Paramedic (Emergency Medical Services Associates of General Sciences)

    • Dental Assistant

    For more information on SLV Scholars in the San Luis Valley, please call Nakayla at 719-298-0177 or by emailing her.

  • Housing for Healthcare Students on Clinical Rotation

    Come experience the beautiful and unique San Luis Valley!

    Colorado's San Luis Valley is an excellent place to spend time on clinical rotation. With caring preceptors and quality healthcare facilities, you can immerse yourself in a unique culture and relaxed rural surroundings.


    Your time in the SLV will give you opportunity to help people. About 23% of residents are in poverty, and the area is health professional shortage area (HPSA) and a medically underserved community. Without question, your clinical rotation in the San Luis Valley will generate valuable memories and experience.


    Spanning 8,000 square miles, the San Luis Valley is the world's largest alpine valley. The average altitude is 7,500 feet. Everywhere you go here, majestic mountains surround the many attractions and provide the ultimate environment for the outdoor enthusiast.

    With an old and unique cultural fabric that cannot be experienced anywhere else, and a peaceful and slow-paced environment, many medical professionals have decided to leave the stress of the city and relocate to the valley after graduation.

    Let us know a little about you and your plans for a rural rotation, and we will try to find you affordable housing that fits your needs. Please fill out and submit the form below or contact us to find out more about your future clinical rotation in the San Luis Valley!