Our History

The South Carolina Area Health Education Consortium (South Carolina AHEC) began in 1972 as one of the 11 originally funded projects of the federal AHEC program. We have successfully grown into a system that works closely with the state's institutions of higher education, healthcare providers, community partners and others to educate, recruit, and retain healthcare providers in South Carolina. Today the South Carolina AHEC System consists of one program office, four regional AHEC centers, and the twelve family medicine residency training programs in the state.

How We Serve South Carolina

The South Carolina AHEC builds and supports the healthcare workforce South Carolina needs through a focus on recruiting, retaining, and educating healthcare professionals. South Carolina AHEC connects 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. This is done through a variety of programs, starting with students in high school and progressing through college, health professions training programs, and graduate medical education. Then, once providers are practicing professionals, programs support the recruitment and retention of providers, as well as continuing professional development and access to education and other services via telehealth. Finally, the Office for Healthcare Workforce studies the healthcare workforce needs and trends to inform decision making.

The South Carolina AHEC System consists of the program office in Charleston; four regional AHEC centers in Walterboro, Lancaster, Florence and Greenville; and twelve family medicine residency training programs located in Anderson, Charleston, Columbia, Florence, Greenville, Greenwood, Greer, Murrells Inlet, Myrtle Beach, Seneca, Spartanburg and Sumter.

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

Our 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 they will choose to practice in communities of need of healthcare services.

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Graduate Medical Education

Supports high-quality family medicine residency training in the state. South Carolina AHEC works 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 to practice in rural and underserved communities.

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Professional Education Program

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.

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Telehealth Education

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.

Other Useful Links

South Carolina AHEC also offers the AHEC Learning Portal/SCHOOLS and AHEC U educational networks that enable students and professionals access to cutting edge educational programs, regardless of where they are located in the state.

The South Carolina Office for Healthcare Workforce is also based in the South Carolina AHEC program office, studying the supply and demand of healthcare professionals for the state.

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South Carolina Office for Healthcare Workforce

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.


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