Continuing Education and CME

Find trainings here for healthcare professionals and for continuing medical education.

Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid classes are available in communities in western Washington. Find out more on the AHECWW Mental Health First Aid page.

Behavioral Health Workforce Summit

Washington State is committed to training and expanding a behavioral health workforce to meet the health needs of Washington residents. Plan to attend an inspiring and innovative Behavioral Health Summit in Spokane on April 3rd, 2019, or in Seattle on April 5, 2019. Employers/practitioners, educators, and policymakers will learn from one another, exchange ideas, and develop a plan of action for the coming year. For more information, contact the University of Washington Evidence-Based Practice Institute (EBPI) at

Behavioral Health Integration Summit Northwest

On May 16, 2019, the Healthcare Integration Summit Northwest gathers at Whatcom Community College with healthcare leaders and practitioners, policy makers, and workforce professionals to share insights and innovation in bi-directional healthcare integration for the purpose of identifying implications to workforce planning and training. Find out more and register here.

HPV Vaccine: Cancer Prevention Education

The National AHEC Organization received funding to educate health professionals on the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. The HPV project offers three educational fliers for clinics, staff, and educators to use and distribute:

Find out more about on-line seminars on HPV here.

Workforce Development Council Resources

The Workforce Development Council has several helpful “Map Your Career” tools. Click here for a Career Paths in Healthcare visual map.

Click here for the “Map Your Career” web page, where you can see career maps to many industries, and learn more about healthcare careers.

Career Bridge

Brought to you by the state’s Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board, Career Bridge is a website where you can explore careers, view job trends, and find education programs. Click here to link to Career Bridge.

Upcoming Webinars

Please see AHECWW calendar for upcoming Webinars.
Please see the Archived Webinars page for on-line, self-paced trainings.
The Resources page features additional opportunities for students, employers, and professionals.

Wellness Courses from WPHP

The Washington Physicians Health Program has courses aimed at improving physicians’ health so that they can better serve others. Examples of their training courses include Mindfulness for Healthcare Providers, Compassion Cultivation Training, and Mind Body Medicine. Visit the WPHP webpage for more information.

College Students interested in Health Careers

College students interested in healthcare careers are invited to apply for the Summer Health Professions Education Program. AHECWW is developing the state’s first Health Professions Affinity Community (HPAC) program with a pilot project in Whatcom County starting autumn, 2018. In HPAC, college students interested in health careers are invited to mentor high school students as College Access Coaches. To become involved with HPAC, contact AHECWW at (360) 383-3170.

AHEC Scholars

The WWAMI AHEC Scholars Program is a nationwide HRSA/AHEC branded certificate program to prepare and promote a diverse, skilled primary care workforce in rural and underserved communities. The program emphasizes a team-based approach to addressing health disparities. Coursework can be completed at no cost and complements existing coursework for students of health professions. Courses have been written by University of Washington Educators. Click here for more information and to apply to the AHEC Scholars program.

Community/Technical College Programs

Search college programs through the Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges at the website. This tool allows you to search for programs by areas of interest, locations, and colleges. This is the most comprehensive resource for accessing information on Washington’s community and technical college programs, including health care pre-majors in dentistry, medicine, pharmacy and nursing; health care technician; health sciences and allied health; health unit and records; public health; environmental health; registered nursing; licensed practical nursing; nursing assistant; chemical dependency/addiction; mental health services; and more.

Medical Schools

Medical schools in the western Washington region include:

Learn more about medical schools at the AHECWW Medical School page.

Nursing Programs

The Department of Health provides a list of approved nursing programs in Washington state at

Access the list of degree programs provided by the Washington State Nurses Association at The list includes Associate Degree Nursing programs, Baccalaureate Degree Nursing programs, RN-to-BSN programs, and Graduate Degree Programs.

Dental Training Programs

Access a list of dental career training programs on the AHECWW Dental Training page. Programs are grouped by category for Dental Hygiene and Dental Assistant certifications.

Medical Assistant Programs

Access a list of Medical Assistant Certificate programs on the Medical Assisting page.

Physician Assistant Programs

Access a list of Physician Assistant Degree programs on the AHECWW Physician Assistant Training page.

Health Information Technology Programs

Access a list of Health Information Technology (HIT) programs on the AHECWW HIT Training page.

Medical Billing and Coding Training Programs

Access the AHECWW Medical Billing and Coding page for career programs in billing.

Mental Health Provider Training Programs

Mental Health Provider Training Programs are listed on the AHECWW mental health programs page, grouped by category: Mental Health and School Counselors; Social Workers; and Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapists.

Many health professionals are now required to take suicide prevention continuing education (CE) trainings. The Department of Health website lists on-line and in-person approved trainings and programs.

Health Sciences Programs

Access a list of Health Sciences degree programs on the Health Sciences Programs page.

Stackable Certificates Programs

Stackable certificate programs are comprised of a series of certificates that can be “stacked” together for a degree. This type of program is especially useful for healthcare professionals who wish to continue working while studying.

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Programs

Access the AHECWW EMT page for career training as a Emergency Medical Technician.

Acupuncture and Traditional Medicine

Access the AHECWW Traditional Medicine page for degree programs in Nutrition, Acupuncture, and Midwifery.