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Associated Health Education

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is a leader in the training of clinical associated health professionals. Associated Health Education (AHE) includes all health professions with the exceptions of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing. Through affiliation agreements with more than 1,400 individual health professions schools and colleges, clinical placements and fellowships are provided to health professions trainees (HPT) in more than 60 professions. 

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VA Health Professions Education (HPE) programs play a leading role in creating the health care workforce for VA and the nation. Over 70% of VA podiatrists and psychologists and over 80% of VA optometrists participated in VA training programs prior to employment.

To meet national mental health workforce needs, VA’s Mental Health Education Expansion (MHEE) initiative has added more than 770 funded training slots across ten professions since 2013. MHEE offers opportunities for interprofessional education and team-based care.

Associated Health Education Professions

VA provides training opportunities for HPT’s enrolled in accredited programs in more than 40 professions including those listed below. For information on accreditation, refer to this listing of accrediting organizations recognized by the Council on Higher Education (CHEA) and U.S. Department of Education.

  • Audiologist
  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Blind Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Chaplain
  • Chiropractor
  • Clinical Lab Technician
  • Health Information Management Specialist
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor
  • Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Medical Assistant
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Optometrist
  • Orthotist - Prosthetist
  • Physician Assistant
  • Perfusionist
  • Pharmacist
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Phlebotomist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Podiatrist
  • Psychologist
  • Recreational Therapist
  • Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
  • Social Worker
  • Speech Pathologist
  • Surgical Assistant

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For additional information, please contact the OAA Associated Health team at