Featured Educational Opportunities

Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid classes are available in communities in western Washington.

A FREE Mental Health First Aid course in Spanish is upcoming, June 15, 2019, 8 am - 5:30 pm at Highline College. Visit Highline's website for more information.

HPV Vaccine: Cancer Prevention Education

The National AHEC Organization received funding to educate health professionals on the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. The HPV project offers three educational fliers for clinics, staff, and educators to use and distribute:

View the online seminar on HPV.

Workforce Development Council Resources

The Workforce Development Council has several helpful “Map Your Career” paths including a Career Path in Healthcare with a visual map.

Career Bridge

Career Bridge is brought to you by the state’s Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board. Career Bridge is a website where you can explore careers, view job trends, and find education programs.

Upcoming Webinars

Please see AHECWW calendar for upcoming Webinars.

Wellness Courses from WPHP

The Washington Physicians Health Program has courses aimed at improving physicians’ health so that they can better serve others. Examples of their training courses include Mindfulness for Healthcare Providers, Compassion Cultivation Training, and Mind Body Medicine. Visit the WPHP website for more information.

College Students interested in Health Careers

College students interested in healthcare careers are invited to apply for the Summer Health Professions Education Program. AHECWW is developing the state’s first Health Professions Affinity Community (HPAC) program with a pilot project in Whatcom County starting autumn, 2018. In HPAC, college students interested in health careers are invited to mentor high school students as College Access Coaches. To become involved with HPAC, contact AHECWW at (360) 383-3170.

AHEC Scholars

The WWAMI AHEC Scholars Program is a nationwide HRSA/AHEC branded certificate program to prepare and promote a diverse, skilled primary care workforce in rural and underserved communities. The program emphasizes a team-based approach to addressing health disparities. Coursework can be completed at no cost and complements existing coursework for students of health professions. Courses have been written by University of Washington Educators. For more information and to apply visit the AHEC Scholars program website.

Community/Technical College Programs

Search college programs through the Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges at the sbctc.edu website. This tool allows you to search for programs by areas of interest, locations, and colleges. This is the most comprehensive resource for accessing information on Washington’s community and technical college programs, including health care pre-majors in dentistry, medicine, pharmacy and nursing; health care technician; health sciences and allied health; health unit and records; public health; environmental health; registered nursing; licensed practical nursing; nursing assistant; chemical dependency/addiction; mental health services; and more.

Stackable Certificates Programs

Stackable certificate programs are comprised of a series of certificates that can be “stacked” together for a degree. This type of program is especially useful for healthcare professionals who wish to continue working while studying. Programs that offer stackable certificates include:

Education Programs by Health Profession

Nursing Programs

The Department of Health provides a list of approved nursing programs in Washington state at www.doh.wa.gov.

Access the list of degree programs provided by the Washington State Nurses Association at www.wsna.org. The list includes Associate Degree Nursing programs, Baccalaureate Degree Nursing programs, RN-to-BSN programs, and Graduate Degree Programs.

Dental Training Programs

Dental Career Training Programs:

Medical Assistant Programs

Medical Assistant Certificate Programs:

Medical Programs

Medical schools in the western Washington region include:

Physician Assistant Programs

Physician Assistant Degrees:

Health Information Technology Programs

The following universities offer Health Information Technology (HIT) programs:

Biomedical Informatics Programs:

Health Informatics and Information Management Programs:

Patient-Centered Technologies Programs:

Healthcare Analytics Programs:

Nursing Informatics Programs:

Medical Billing and Coding Training Programs

The following colleges offer Medical Billing and Coding training:

Mental Health Provider Training Programs

The following colleges offer Mental Health Provider training:

Social Work Programs

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Programs

Mental Health Counseling Programs

Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling Programs

School Counseling Programs

Community Counseling Program

Associate and Undergraduate Psychology Programs

Master’s Level Psychology Programs

Doctorate Level Psychology Programs

Psychiatry Programs

Psychiatric Nursing Programs

A useful guide to earning a Psychology Degree on-line can be found at: psychologydegree411.com.

Many health professionals are now required to take suicide prevention continuing education (CE) trainings. The Department of Health website lists online and in-person approved trainings and programs.

Health Sciences Programs

The following colleges offer Health Sciences training:

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Programs

The AHECWW EMT for career training as a Emergency Medical Technician:

Acupuncture and Traditional Medicine

The AHECWW Traditional Medicine for degree programs in Nutrition, Acupuncture, and Midwifery:



Nutrition, Exercise Sciences

Webinar Archives

These archived training webinars for healthcare professionals provide a self-paced opportunity for distance learning. Continuing education credit is available for some courses.

HRSA Webinar Series: Workforce Grand Rounds
This series seeks to improve health professions training. The goal is to increase the number of high-quality health professionals, particularly in rural and underserved communities.

Washington Department of Health Nursing Commission
Suicide Prevention Training for Health Professionals: DOH-approved training list for required annual CE training.

Washington Department of Health Nursing Commission
Reversing the Opioid Epidemic in Washington State, Path Forward on Treating Pain – presentations (Sept. 2017)

Washington Department of Health Rural Palliative Care Initiative
Washington Department of Health presents a Conversation with Gregg VandeKieft, MD, and Steven Grossman, MD. (Aug. 2017)

Northwest Regional Telehealth Resource Center
Webinar Recordings on expanding Telehealth. (Aug. 2017)

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Searchable list of trainings on strategies for substance misuse prevention and healthcare professionals

Rural Health Care Transformation series
National Rural Health Association Webinars: 3-part series designed to improve the care experience, value, and outcomes (2017)

National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health
Recorded webinar topics on policy, grant proposals, and more (2017)

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Current Issues in Immunization NetConference (CIINC) and Influenza Update (2017-2018); Archived NetConference Series

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
TeamSTEPPS module-based continuing education credits for health care providers in long-term, rapid response, and office settings

Washington Healthcare Access Alliance
Suicide prevention on-line course. Eligible for CME credits. DOH approved model (2017)

Medical Society of Virginia
Series of on-line trainings in best practices related to Opioid prescriptions to prevent addiction. (2016)

Continuing Medical Education at University of Colorado (CME University)
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine Safety training Continuing Education credits for healthcare professionals.(2017)

National AHEC
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Immunization Project Quality Improvement – Small-Scale Efforts for Practice Transformation (August 2017)

National AHEC
How to talk with teens about medical information resources to increase health information literacy. (2016)

Vaccines and Vaccine Decision-making
History, origins and effect of vaccine hesitancy. Information and time on how providers can help parents make healthy decisions.

Cultural Humility Training
View Slides from the on-line class in Cultural Humility for Healthcare Professionals co-hosted May 17, 2018, by AHECWW and Washington Healthcare Access Alliance (WHAA).