• Connecting South Carolina to
    Better Health

    The South Carolina Area Health Education Consortium
    connects students to health careers and health professionals to
    communities, increasing South Carolinians' access to the
    healthcare they need and connecting the state to better health.
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Service Areas

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Health Careers Program

Addresses the need to increase the number of young people, especially from underserved populations, who aspire to become healthcare professionals by promoting academic preparation and motivation for high school and college students through year-long and summer programs.

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Health Professions Student Program

Provides opportunities for students to work and learn in rural and underserved communities in South Carolina by gaining real-world experience in patient care settings. These experiences increase the likelihood students will choose to practice in communities in need of healthcare services.

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Graduate Medical Education

Supports high-quality family medicine residency training in the state. We work collaboratively with the family medicine residency programs to recruit and retain family physicians.

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Recruitment & Retention Program

Provides financial incentives to physicians, dentists and advanced practice providers who practice in rural and underserved communities.


Professional Education

Identifies the educational needs of healthcare professionals and provide education programs designed to enhance clinical skills and maintain professional certifications. Programs are delivered through traditional methods and innovative technologies.


Telehealth Education Program

Provides new access to educational and training resources for students, providers, patients, and communities through telehealth technology. Telehealth extends AHEC's statewide reach and partnerships to address rural healthcare delivery and healthcare workforce development needs.

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South Carolina Office for Healthcare Workforce

Studies the healthcare workforce in the state and provides timely information that individuals, communities, educational systems, state agencies, health systems, and others can use for planning and decision making about South Carolina's healthcare workforce.

South Carolina Area Health Education Consortium

The South Carolina AHEC supports the entire healthcare recruitment and retention pipeline, from high school students considering health careers to practicing health professionals.
South Carolina AHEC Service Areas

What We Do

We connect students and professionals with the tools, training and resources necessary to provide quality healthcare, with a focus on primary care for rural and underserved communities. We provide education, recruitment, and retention programs to build and support the healthcare workforce South Carolina needs.

Why It Matters

We recruit, train, sustain, and inspire a broad range of health professionals to practice in underserved communities to maintain a high-quality healthcare safety net.

  • Connect students to healthcare careers
  • Connect healthcare providers to the communities that need them
  • Connect communities to better health through access to healthcare resources
  • Connect South Carolina to better health overall

Our Regional Centers

The regional AHEC Centers provide services to healthcare providers and students in all counties of South Carolina.

Not sure which region you are located in? Use our Region Finder to locate your regional AHEC center.

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(843) 782-5052

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(803) 286-4121

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Pee Dee


(843) 777-5343

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(864) 349-1160


South Carolina Area Health Education Consortium educates, recruits and retains healthcare providers for the state.

South Carolina AHEC is a state agency that was originally established in 1972.


  (843) 792-4431

   (843) 792-4430