Post Secondary Education Programs

Student Housing

SWCAHEC arranges host or leased housing for all health professions students completing rural rotations from the University of Colorado Anschutz medical campus.

Service Learning

SWCAHEC arranges community-based service learning opportunities for health professions students completing rural rotations from the University of Colorado Anschutz medical campus.

Preceptor Recruitment

SWCAHEC recruits and supports preceptors from all health professions across the region who are interested in teaching health profession students during rural rotations.

Public Health & Nursing Internships

Fort Lewis College and SWCAHEC have teamed up to provide non-paid internships for public health and health professions students searching for program practicum experiences.  Please e-mail the executive director at or call (970) 426-4284 for more information. Click here for an Internship Application.

SWCAHEC can also provide BSN nursing students with community health or leadership and management practical experiences. Contact us at the email address or phone number above to learn more.

BSN Programs with SCCC and CU College of Nursing

The University of Colorado College of Nursing (CU) and Pueblo Community College (PCC) have collaborated to introduce 2 exciting opportunities for SW Colorado residents who want to get their Bachelor’s degree in Nursing (BSN). For those seeking the two-year degree through PCC’s local campuses, Southwest Colorado Community College (SCCC), located in Durango and Mancos, a dual-enrollment option now exists: get your ADN in 2 years, and, by taking CU’s online option, get your BSN in as little as 1-2 more semesters.

For licensed RNs who are already practicing, there is a RN-to-BSN option through online courses in 1-2 years.

The Institute of Medicine has demonstrated that hospitals with at least 80% BSN prepared nurses have improved patient outcomes. RNs with their BSN can move into leadership positions, or advance to their Nurse Practitioner (NP) license.

Contact Maggie LaRose, RN, MS, Nursing Faculty Coordinator, ( at SCCC for more information on SCCC’s nursing program.

Medical Assistant Registered Apprenticeship Program

The Medical Assistant Registered Apprenticeship Program is a postsecondary education and training program. Apprentices will receive at least one year of on-the-job training plus 150 hours of online learning with a journey-worker (preceptor) for a competency-based program. Apprentices become employees of the clinical practice and wage progressions are tied to skills attainment. Once the apprentice completes the program, s/he will be eligible to sit for a national certification exam.