Montana Rural Allied Health Professions Training Program (MRAHPTP)
Education and Training: The MRAHPTP will recruit an estimated 137 existing allied health professions students for participation in rural training opportunities over three project years. Students will receive support for housing, travel and other needs during their rural clinical rotations. MRAHPTP has partnered with 5 colleges within the state that offer at least one of the five chosen allied health programs. Educational partners include Great Falls College, Miles City Community College, Missoula College, Flathead Valley Community College, and Highlands College-MT Tech.
Employment: The MRAHPTP will work to reduce barriers in the employment and retention of allied health professionals in rural Montana. The program will lead network members, regional AHEC representatives and partnering educational institutions in the development and implementation of rural placement assistance strategies for program completers. An estimated 125 program completers will be placed in rural or frontier health care provider organizations throughout the project three year period.Sustainability: The Montana Rural HIT Workforce Development Network will provide network governance and will evaluate and develop sustainability plans for rural allied health training program activities and rural training opportunities to support long-term participant and network supports by the end of the project period. The regional AHEC will collaborate with Network members, and HealthCARE Montana to increase the understanding of industry validated credentials, credit for prior learning, transfer of Veterans’ military training to educational credentials, career ladders, and approved apprenticeships as pathways to reduce barriers to education and hiring.
The MRAHPTP is working on a state-wide allied health preceptor/mentor list. This list will consist of qualified, available preceptors for rural training and clinical experiences as needed to meet the demand or fill gaps in rural training sites. With an expanded list of available preceptors, many of the educational partners will be able to expand their programs and enroll more students each year.