Apply for the Rural Health Nurse Practitioner Residency Program

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Application Process

Applications for the 2021-2022 residency year open January 1, 2021 and Close April 1, 2021.
  • Complete an electronic application and provide all required supplemental materials by April 1, 2021.
  • Applications completed by April 1st will be reviewed by the Selection Committee comprised of Riggs CHC leadership, program staff and program preceptors
  • Candidates will be invited to interview at Riggs, CHC in Lafayette. Interviews will be scheduled in early April.
  • Employment offers will be made by May 1, 2021.

Who Can Apply

Recent graduates (less than 18 months) from an accredited Masters or DNP program or those with NP post-masters certificate.
  • Licensed (IN APRN)
  • Credentialed or license/credential-eligible as a Primary Care FNP, AGNP, PNP or PMHNP
  • Please note: Licensing and credentialing does not need to be active at the time of application, however, it must be in place prior to the start of the program in July including the following licenses; APRN, DEA and IN controlled substance eligible.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated commitment to providing care to medically underserved populations in the rural setting.
  • Desire to practice as a primary care provider in a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) upon completion of the residency
  • Multi-lingual preferred

Other recommendations

We strongly encourage all applicants to take the national certification exam as soon as possible.


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1What is the commitment to complete the residency program?
The NP Residency is a 12 month, full time employment and training opportunity. NP Residents are full time employees during the residency experience and scheduled for a 40 hour per week schedule to meet all program requirements.
2Is there a post-residency employment commitment?
No. There is not a post-residency employment commitment. However, residents are STRONGLY encouraged to seek employment in rural or underserved areas. Employment assistance will be available. If positions available, residents will be offered first consideration of employment at Riggs, CHC or at one of our community partner organizations: North Central Nursing Clinics, Valley Oaks Health, or Franciscan Health Lafayette East
3Does the program provide salary and benefits?
Yes. As employees, residents receive comprehensive benefits from Riggs CHC. This includes medical, dental, paid-time off, and other competitive benefits. Additional information on our benefit offerings will be provided during the formal interview process.
4Do I need my professional licenses when I apply to the program?
No. Applicants may apply to the residency program while they are completing their graduate program. All licensure needs to be in place by the start of the program. May graduates are STRONGLY encouraged to sit for their board certification exam ASAP after graduating, either from AANP or ANCC. Required licenses include Indiana RN and ARPN, Indiana Controlled Substance License. Riggs CHC does not reimburse residents for licensure costs.
5Do you have a language requirement for applicants?
Yes. All applicants must speak fluent English. Also, while we do not require that residents speak a second language, speaking Spanish is a preferred skill for potential candidates.
6When does the program start?
The residency program starts the first week of July, with new hire orientation at Riggs CHC. This is followed by orientation to the residency program and affiliate clinics, if applicable. For more information, please see our orientation page.
7Do I need to have a car to participate in the program?
Yes. No matter what site you are assigned to for your home site, residents are required to have reliable transportation. In addition to clinical care in your home site, residents will need to travel to other CHC locations for training opportunities including internal and external specialty rotations.
8Are there any weekend and evening commitments for the program?
No. Residents are not required to work extended nights, weekends, or take call. However, there may be on rare occasions a conference or educational opportunity that falls during those times that residents are strongly urged to participate in.
9Am I eligible for loan repayment during the residency?
No. Residents are not eligible for loan repayment during the residency year as it is a formal training program. However, residents can defer loan repayment during the residency year. NHSC and Nurse Corps scholars may apply during the residency year to be eligible for loan repayment during the post residency year commitment.