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Panhandle Area Health Education Center (AHEC)


The Panhandle Area Health Education Center is one of five Centers in the West Texas area.  Panhandle AHEC provides services to the top twenty counties in the Texas Panhandle.  The mission of Panhandle AHEC is to address the health care provider shortage and improve health care access in West Texas through education and development of the health care workforce.

To accomplish its mission, Panhandle AHEC focuses on the following strategies:

  • Introduce youth, K-12, to health careers

  • Support rural clinical training for students who are in the health professions

  • Provide practice support to existing health care professionals

  • Promote healthy living

Panhandle AHEC provides a variety of services to the health care community as well as information to high school students on the various health care careers that are available.  Click on the links below to download a list of services that Panhandle AHEC provides or is involved in.

Click on this sentence to download the flyer," What Panhandle AHEC can provide or assist with"


The Panhandle Area Health Education Center assists many health professions schools in placing their students in rural hospitals and clinics to gain experience and complete the required clinical portion of their training.  Students completing their clinical experience in a rural location, away from Amarillo, are in need of housing while they work in a community.  Living in the community while completing their clinical allows the student to experience the positive benefits of living in a rural location. 

To find our more about how you and or someone in your community could host a student when they are completing their clinical experience, click on the link below to download an informational brochure.

Click on this sentence to download the Housing the Future of Medicine flyer


The Panhandle Area Health Education Center will have several upcoming continuing education events scheduled for this spring.  As more information is available concerning dates, locations and costs, this information will be posted here and on our Facebook page and Twitter account. 


West Texas Panhandle Chapter ENA Emergency Nursing Pediatric Courses (ENPC) 2018

The ENPC Provider course is designed to provide core level knowledge and psychomotor skills associated with the delivery of  professional nursing care to the pediatric patient. The content presented is through a combination of online modules, presentations and psychomotor skills stations.  For additional information on this class and to register, click on the link below for the dates the classes are offered and additional information.

Click on this sentence to download the ENPC Registration Form


West Texas Panhandle Chapter ENA Trauma Nursing Core Courses (TNCC) 2018

The TNCC Provider course is designed to provide core level trauma knowledge and psychomotor skills associated with the delivery of professional emergency care to the trauma patient. The content is presented through a combination of online modules, lectures and psychomotor skills stations.

Click on this sentence to download the TNCC Registration Form


Thursday, April 5, 2018

Amarillo College Center for Healthcare Education and Senior Ambassadors Coalition are proud to present:

Red Rover, Red Rover, Let Aging Come Over; Let the Games Begin

Amarillo College West Campus Lecture Hall,

6222 SW 9th Ave., Amarillo, TX

                                            8:00 am –4:30 pm                                          

  Conference will cover the 8 Dimensions of Health

Click here to access Red Rover, Red Rover brochure with registration form


Nursing Jurisprudence and Ethics Workshop

April 6, 2018

8:15 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

                                 Amarillo College West Campus                                       

6222 W. 9th Avenue  

                                                 Amarillo, Texas 79106-0701                                                  

Meets the stipulations set forth by the Texas Board of Nurses.  Concepts covered include:  nursing practice, delegation, ethics, the Nurse Practice Act, documentation, medication administration, peer review, and unprofessional conduct.  

Click here to access the Nursing Jurisprudence and Ethics Workshop Flyer


18th Annual Child Abuse Prevention Conference

April 17, 2018

Click here to access the 18th Annual Child Abuse Flyer and Registration Form


BSA Hospice of the Southwest 9th Annual Professional Training Day

Compassionate and Ethical Response to Decision Making, Healing Hearts:  Best Practices for Nurses and other Healthcare Professionals

APRIL 20, 2018

8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Amarillo College Polk Street Campus

Business & Industry Center

1314 S. Polk Street

Amarillo, TX

Click here to access the brochure

Click here to access the registration form



The Texas Rural Health Association is a nonprofit organization whose primary goal is to improve the health of rural Texans. TRHA is composed of individuals and organizations dedicated to proving leadership on rural health care issues through advocacy, communication, & education. In February, TRHA relocated its office from Austin, TX to Abilene, TX. TRHA's office is located at the West Central Texas Council of Governments.

We would like to invite you and/or your organization to our upcoming event:

Texas Rural Health Association 2018 Conference:  Paving a Path Forward for Texas


Tuesday, April 24, 2018

12:00 PM - 5:30 PM - Reception to follow

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

8:00 AM - 1:00 PM



Abilene Convention Center

1100 N. 6th

Abilene, TX 79601


Conference Overview:

  • Update on Federal/State Legislative Issues Impacting Rural Texas
  • Addressing Mental Health Among Children
  • Healthcare Disparities in Rural Texas
  • Behavioral Health and Addiction Care Programs
  • Community Health Care Worker Program
  • Opportunities to Overcome the Digital Divide in Rural Texas

Health Match Event Wednesday, April 25th (11:00 AM - 1:00 PM)

Please register at www.trha.org. You can also send a check to:


ATTN: Kelly Cheek

3702 Loop 322

Abilene, TX 79602


Health Match Event

Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Providing communities in Texas a forum to interact and discuss rural practice medical opportunities available in the region.

Click here for EMPLOYERS information

Click here for STUDENT information

To RSVP for this event, contact Terra New at tnew@bcahec.org

Nursing Home Activity Director Update

Audience:  Activity Directors

This seminar will provide 8 hours of continuing education credits needed to remain certified as an activity director required by state regulations.  It will also provide continuing education credit for social workers.

                                                                                                       LOCATION:                                                                                                              Amarillo College Downtown Campus 

Exhibit Hall Room 134

                                                                              1314 S. Polk, Amarillo, TX                                                                               


8:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m.  Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. (lunch will be provided)

To access flyer and registration form, click here



Panhandle Great 25 Nurses



The 25 Panhandle Great Nurses Scholarship Committee invites scholarship applications from nursing students who are enrolled in an accredited undergraduate registered nursing program in the Texas Panhandle. These nursing programs include Amarillo College, Clarendon College, West Texas A&M University and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Amarillo. Graduate students living in one of the top 26 counties of the Texas Panhandle who are enrolled in an accredited MSN, PhD or DNP program are also invited to submit an application.

The awarding of scholarships is a competitive process and will be evaluated by the Scholarship Committee based upon the established criteria. The Scholarship Application is attached. Completed applications (including all components) must be received no later than MAY 1, 2018 BY 5:00 P.M. to be considered. LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

Award recipients will be recognized at the 25 Great Panhandle Nurses recognition ceremony on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 from  6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Great Hall at Polk Street Methodist Church in Amarillo, Texas.

To access scholarship documents online, please go to http://www.texasnurses.org/default.asp?page=Great25


The Panhandle Great 25 Nurses Celebration tremendously appreciates our past sponsors who have helped to make the event so successful. The committee would like to extend the 2018 sponsorship opportunity to our corporate, industry, and community business partners, as well as individual sponsors to help us ensure the tradition of the Panhandle Great 25 and its mission continues. Our hope is this award will continue to be recognized throughout the nursing community for years to come in the Texas Panhandle as an esteemed honor and prestigious accomplishment for the nursing profession.

This year’s 3rd annual event will take place on October 9th, 2018, 6-8 pm at Polk Street United Methodist Church

Your commitment will afford recognition in our program, promotion on our Facebook page, exposure to over 300 local consumers and a venue to visit with this select group of health care professionals. Money received from donations and sponsorships is used only for event expenses and to fund nursing scholarships through the Texas Nurses Association-District 2.  If you have any questions please contact Valerie Kiper at valerie.kiper@ttuhsc.edu or Richard Pullen at richard.pullen@ttuhsc.edu.  Link to sponsorship information is at                                                                                 http://www.texasnurses.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1078037.

Panhandle Great 25 Nurse Nomination

We invite you to join our efforts to recognize 25 deserving professional nurses throughout the Texas Panhandle.  To nominate a nurse, go to https://wtamuuw.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_02oqR1uhUWRksFT.  THE DEADLINE FOR COMPLETED NOMINATIONS IS JULY 2 BY 5:00 P.M.  Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

What is a Promotor(a) or Community Health Worker (CHW)?

A person who, with or without compensation is a liaison and provides cultural mediation between health care and social services, and the community. A promotor(a) or community health worker is a trusted community member, that has a close understanding of the ethnicity, language, socio-economic status, and life experiences of the community served. A promotor(a) or community health worker assists people to gain access to needed services and builds individual, community, and system capacity by increasing health knowledge and self-sufficiency through a range of activities such as outreach, patient navigation and follow-up, community health education and information, informal counseling, social support, advocacy and participation in clinical research.

What does Promotor(a) or Community Health Worker (CHW) Training and Certification Program provide?

Program is certified by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and provides 160 contact hours towards certification.  Participants will learn the basic eight core competencies in a community and healthcare environment.

To access Community Health Worker Course information, please either link below.

To learn more about the Community Health Worker Online Course click here

To learn more about the Community Health Worker Online Course with an Emphasis on Behavioral and Mental Health Click Here

For CHW continuing education opportunities, please contact: Stephanie Loya at 806-651-3482 or by email at sloya@wtamu.edu.

Contact Us At:

Panhandle Area Health Education Center

West Texas A&M University

WTAMU Box 61003

Canyon, TX 79016

 806-651-3480 phone        806-651-3489 fax