Health Professionals

Overview

The Health Professional programs encourage licensed health professionals to provide primary care health care at approved sites in rural or underserved areas. The programs provides financial assistance through either conditional scholarships or loan repayment. Many types of providers are eligible, including doctors, dentists, nurses, pharmacists, and others. Health care sites, such as clinics, also must apply and be approved to employ program participants.

Loan Repayment

In 2016, approximately 100 health professionals worked in underserved areas of Washington as a result of this program. Since 1990, the program has funded over 1,000 professionals serving in 38 Washington counties, and demand continues to exceed funding available. 

Two programs provide educational loan repayment assistance (see table below for detailed information): 

  1. The Federal-State Loan Repayment Program (FSLRP) uses matching federal grant funds for awards.
  2. The Health Professional Loan Repayment Program (HPLRP) uses only state dollars for awards.

Federal-State Loan Repayment Program (FSLRP)

Health Professional Loan Repayment Program (HPLRP)

Awards use federal funds matched with state dollars

Awards use state funds only

Maximum $70,000 award

Maximum $75,000 award

Minimum two-year service obligation

Minimum three-year service obligation

Minimum 40-hour work week

Minimum 24-hour work week (service obligation period prorated to three-year, full-time equivalency)

Default penalty - months not served x $7,500 per month plus interest (minimum of $31,000 payback)

Default penalty - funds disbursed doubled plus interest

Maximum 35.7 days per contract year allowed in leave away from clinic/site for holidays, sick leave, vacation, etc.

Maximum 40 days per contract year allowed in leave away from clinic/site for holidays, sick leave, vacation, etc.

Eligible sites: See reference guides for full details, but must have a federal Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) designation, be a nonprofit, and have an implemented and posted Sliding Fee Schedule (SFS).

Eligible sites: See reference guides for full details. Does not require HPSA designation or a SFS.

Eligible Providers: DDS or DMD, Registered Dental Hygienist, MD, DO, Physician Assistant, Nurse Practitioner, Registered Nurse, Pharmacist, Certified Nurse Midwife

Eligible Providers: DDS or DMD, Registered Dental Hygienist, MD, DO, ND, Physician Assistant, Nurse Practitioner, Registered Nurse, Licensed Practical Nurse, Pharmacist, Certified Nurse Midwife, Licensed Midwife, Clinical Psychologist*, Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker*, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist*, Licensed Mental Health Counselor*

*Requires a current, full, permanent, unencumbered, unrestricted health professional license or credential working in an integrated setting or system of care. Individuals with the associate level, restricted credential are not eligible.

The 2017-18 application cycle is now closed.

2018-19 Site and Provider Applications Coming Soon!

Program policies and application procedures for the upcoming 2018-19 application cycle are being updated. Details will be posted here in the fall of 2017.

Please email health@wsac.wa.gov if you would like to be added to our program updates and notification list.

For general information, please consult the prior program reference guides below from the 2017-18 application cycle. Please note, these guides are provided for informational purposes only—there will likely be changes to specific details and requirements in 2018-19: