The Department of Health Care Access and Information (HCAI) works to increase and diversify California's healthcare workforce by providing scholarships and loan repayments to health professional students and graduates who provide direct patient care in those communities. The purpose of the Allied Healthcare Scholarship Program (AHSP) is to increase the number of appropriately trained allied professionals providing direct patient care in an underserved area or qualified facility within California. Those awarded the Allied Healthcare Scholarship may receive up to $15,000 for Non-Behavioral Health Professions and up to $25,000 for Behavioral Health Professions. Exception: Certified Nursing Assistants may also receive up to $25,000. If awarded, recipients agree to a twelve (12) month service obligation practicing in an eligible allied health profession, providing a minimum of 32 hours per week of direct patient care in an underserved area or a qualified facility in California.
Provider Eligibility Requirements:
- Start training program by September 30, 2023
- Be enrolled in a minimum of six semester units, or its equivalent, until program completion
- Maintain a GPA of 2.0 or greater, until program completion
- Must graduate after the proposed grant agreement start date
- Not have any other existing service obligations with other entities, including other HCAI programs
- Not be in breach of any other HCAI service obligation
- Commit to providing a 12-month service obligation in an underserved area or qualifying facility upon graduating
- Provide 32 hours or more per week of direct patient care upon graduating.
Eligible Educational Programs:
AHSP applicants must be accepted or enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or undergraduate certificate program for one of the following disciplines:
Non-Behavioral Health Programs
- Anesthesia Technician
- Electrocardiogram Technician
- Anesthesiologist Assistant
- Emergency Medical Technician
- Health Educator
- Pharmacy Technician
- Cardiovascular Technologist
- Home Health Aide
- Certified Nursing Assistant
- Licensed Midwife
- Physical Therapy Assistant
- Clinical Laboratory Scientist
- Medical Assistant
- Community Health Worker
- Medical Imaging Technologist
- Radiation Therapy Technologist
- Dental Assistant
- Medical Interpreter
- Radiologic Technician
- Dental Hygienist
- Medical Laboratory Technologist
- Respiratory Therapist
- Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
- Nuclear Medicine Technologist
- Speech and Language Pathologist
- Surgical Technician
- Ultrasound Technician
Behavioral Health Programs
How to Apply:
- Behavioral Disorder Counselor
- Psychiatric Aid
- Substance Use Disorder Counselor
- Mental Health Counselor
- Psychiatric Technician
- Occupational Therapy Assistant
- Social Work
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