AHEC Career Enhancement Scholars Program

Missouri AHEC initiated the ACES Program in 2001. MAHEC centers provide high school students with year-round programming for students interested in primary care medicine, nursing, dentistry, and other health careers. The ACES Program provides students with structured career exploration and health career-skill building activities. Program components also include college readiness, career planning, academic/health career prep workshops, structured job shadowing, and health leadership projects. 

This program accepts students from diverse backgrounds, offering particular encouragement to students:

  • Who display a strong interest in pursuing a career in primary care;
  • Who are from medically underserved rural and urban population groups;
  • Who are first generation college students
  • Who are from socio-economically disadvantaged families

Program Purpose: 

  • To address the shortage of primary healthcare providers in underserved areas of Missouri
  • To give students a competitive edge in attaining primary healthcare career goals
  • To build relationships between students and communities
  • To nurture the students’ career interests through educational experiences

Application Requirements: program is for high school (ACES) and undergraduate students (ACES+) who display strong interests in pursuing careers in primary healthcare. Students who are interested must have a
3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) and submit a completed application that includes:
1. a letter of recommendation from a school counselor or faculty member
2. a letter of recommendation from a non-relative
3. an essay that explains the student’s personal interest in a primary care profession
4. a copy of school transcripts through the previous quarter of the application date

Program Topics: ACES is a two year program which requires 30 hours of participation over the course of the two years. Students are expected to attend workshops on the following topics:

  • Public Health
  • Infection Control
  • Cultural Competency
  • Health Literacy
  • Vital Signs/CPR
  • Healthcare Ethics
  • Professionalism
  • Job Shadow Etiquette

Four MESA Dissections will be offered to ACES students at no cost each school year. ACES Students are highly encouraged to participate. 


Coming Soon: Application for the 2018-19 school year.