Health Careers

Some of the services available to students include: visits to KY schools, mock interviews, shadowing opportunities, MCAT preparation, Pre Health Professionals Fair, and non-academic advising. 
College Students

The Purchase Area Health Education Center (AHEC) is available to assist Murray State undergraduate, pre-health professions and post baccalaureate students prepare for health careers. Services available to Murray State students include:

  • Health Career Exploration
  • Job Shadowing Assistance (Download the application)
  • Non-academic Advising
  • Personal Statement Reviews
  • Preparation for Admissions Tests – DAT, MCAT, OAT, PCAT
  • Preparation for Professional School Admission Interviews
  • Pre- Health Professionals Fair
  • Rural Scholars Program

For more information please contact:

Shanna Burgess


Pre-Health Professionals Fair

In the fall, pre-health professional students are able to attend the Pre-Health Professionals Fair on Murray State University's campus. Numerous health professional programs from a variety of schools are invited so students can meet and inquire about admission requirements and curriculum. Please see our 2016 health fair flyer.

Rural Scholars

Rural Scholars is a four week summer program sponsored by Purchase Area Health Education Center which introduces rural students to the need for health and medical professionals in rural communities, like their own. Scholars will be exposed to community health and population based health issues within rural communities. Priority is given to students from: Ballard, Calloway, Carlisle, Crittenden, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Livingston, Lyon, and Marshall, McCracken or Trigg counties. However, other Kentucky residents can be eligible for the program if space is available. Scholars are chosen based on interest in rural health care.

Check out our past flyer. Download the application for the Rural Scholars program.

Letters from home

Staying connected when you are away at school. The Letters from Home initiative helps us keep connected with pre-health professions students from the region, who are accepted into medical schools. This program fosters ongoing communication and support between our local medical students and our service area. Student Dinners are coordinated close to the medical school campuses to help maintain a sense of connection to the region. Representatives from the area hospitals are invited to join AHEC in hosting events, so they may get to know students, follow them along their career path, and hopefully increase the potential that will return back home to practice one day. Newsletters provide a composite of the current happenings at area hospitals, and features local practitioners offering words of encouragement, as the students navigate their way through medical school and residency. See our most recent newsletter here.

Rural Physician Assistant Program

Are you interested in becoming a Physician Assistant and returning to rural Kentucky to practice? Please see our flyer and complete an application.


Come join this exciting program aimed at health professional students in Kentucky.  Work with other students across the state that share your interest and passion for rural healthcare.  The AHEC Scholars program isn't just for Kentucky, it is a nationally funded program by the Health Resources and Administration Association (HRSA), aimed at strengthening the healthcare workforce.  The Kentucky AHEC Scholars Program is a 2-year advanced learning opportunity which supplements classroom instruction.  Selection for this program will be competitive with a formal application process. This selective program will allow students to network with other health profession students and learn how to provide care in interdisciplinary teams, while exploring current and emerging topics in healthcare.  Participation in the program will be free and will confer a variety of benefits as students prepare for professional practice.  The AHEC Scholars Program will focus on 40 hours of clinical and 40 hours of didactic training in a rural and/or underserved area of Kentucky each year.  The Scholars Program will supplement a students' existing health professions program. Participation in this program is voluntary and the scholars will be working with other program professionals throughout the state of Kentucky, not just with students from their own city or region.  AHEC Scholars will review the following core topic areas:


  • Inter-professional Education
  • Behavioral Health Integration
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Cultural Competency
  • Practice Transformation
  • Current and emerging health issues

    How to Apply: The formal Application process is being developed with the goal to launch the AHEC Scholars Program in the Fall of 2018.  Contact Missy Stokes ( and Shanna Burgess ( for more information.