Blue Ridge Area Health Education Center
Blue Ridge AHEC is a non-profit regional health education center based in Rome, Georgia. The mission of Blue Ridge AHEC is to increase the supply, distribution and education of health professionals in Northwest Georgia by recruiting, training, and retaining quality health professionals in our 20 county region.
We accomplish this mission by “Growing Our Own” health professionals. Studies have shown that students are more likely to practice in the communities where they were trained. This involves creating a “pipeline” of students interested in health care careers, providing them with information about careers in health, and counseling them throughout their school years. Blue Ridge AHEC also assists students in training for health careers through our Preceptor Coordination department, and provides continuing education programs for existing health professionals through our RN Re-entry/CE Coordinator. We pride ourselves on establishing community-based clinical training sites, identifying resources and developing networks, and developing strategies for retention and continuing education of health care professionals.