Central Louisiana AHEC programs for college students are geared towards high-achieving pre-med students from rural areas who have demonstrated a keen interest in a career in medicine. CLAHEC prepares these students to be competitive applicants to medical school and provides them with clinical exposure opportunities and mentorship from rural primary care physicians in hopes that they will one day return home to practice.



Rural Scholars
Gain knowledge about application to medical school

The Rural Scholars Program offers previous CLAHEC program participants an opportunity to gain a competitive edge in the medical school application process. Program retreats are hosted at LSU Health Shreveport School of Medicine twice per year (Spring and Fall). Scholars will receive information on Admissions, Early Decision, MCAT, resume, personal statement, and interview tips, mock interviews, and hands on workshops to boost their application.

Program requirements include:

  • Student must be from a rural Louisiana town.
  • Student must have a minimum 3.4 cumulative GPA (copy of transcript required)
  • Student must have a minimum 3.4 science GPA
  • Student must have a minimum ACT score of 24 (copy of ACT score required)

To apply for the Rural Scholars program, click here.

Program Details




Closer Look: Primary Care Medicine
Gain experience in primary care as your prepare for application to medical school, PA, or NP school.

The Closer Look: Primary Care Medicine program is designed to increase awareness of the growing demand for primary care professionals in rural and underserved areas in Louisiana. This program allows undergraduate students interested in pursuing a career in medicine, the opportunity to shadow a rural primary care provider from one to four weeks. Our AHEC programs show that the more a student is exposed to rural medicine, the probability of that student returning to a rural practice increases.