for communities . . . an opportunity to promote your town
for students . . . an opportunity to build relationships that lead to future practice options
The goal of Community-based Education is to provide health professions students a real-life experience in a community setting that contributes to the development of general knowledge, skills and attitudes.
West Texas AHEC provides opportunities for students in medical, nurse practitioner, physician assistant, nursing and dentistry programs. Students in these health profession programs are placed throughout West Texas.
The West Texas AHEC works with universities and health professions training programs from across the state—including Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, University of Texas Medical Branch, and University of North Texas Health Science Center, just to name a few.
Each placement provides many situations for the students to develop their skills and knowledge under the direction of practicing community health professionals.
Students spend time in a community clinical setting and have opportunity to interface with multiple health disciplines. Their experiences include but are not limited to observation and instruction, involvement in performing history and physical examinations, developing diagnosis and treatment plans, and in applying office procedures and treatments.
West Texas AHEC affords a vital link between higher education institutions focused on health professions and community preceptors. The AHEC recruits preceptors, assists students with selecting the community-based experience that meets their needs, and assists with student housing when necessary.