Rural Nurse Practitioner Residency Program

About Residency in Rural Healthcare


The Pittsburg State University, Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing has received an Advanced Nurse Education (ANE) grant supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that will provide funding for the development and implementation of a nurse practitioner residency (NPR) program for southeast Kansas. The NPR will advance clinical skills and knowledge for new NPs, specific to the diverse and unique needs of our rural population. 

The grants and programs are supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services with 0 percent financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the authors  and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit HRSA.gov

NPR Candidates

Cohort 1 June 2020

Nurse Practitioner Residency Information


  • Each resident cohort will begin June 1 and conclude May 31.
  • Desire advanced clinical focus on the opioid crisis, improving access to mental health, and utilizing telehealth for rural patient care. 
  • Residents will be employed and work in primary care, with a community healthcare partner. 
  • Residents will expand their clinical knowledge and skills to be proficient in primary care services, as they develop their own rural patient panel.
  • Opportunities for didactic and clinical experiences in primary care and specialty rotations. Students will have required components and ability to customize their residency.  
  • Upon completion, residents will receive recognition at the May PSU Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing Pinning Ceremony and receive a certificate. 

Eligibility to Apply


  • Nurse Practitioner with interest in rural primary care.
  • Recent Nurse Practitioner graduate of a Master of Science in Nursing or Doctor of Nursing Practice program. HRSA requires nurse practitioner residents within 18 months post-graduation, when they begin the residency. 
  • Eligible* or Licensed in Kansas as RN and APRN. 
  • Eligible* or Certification as a Nurse Practitioner, with a primary care emphasis. 
  • Desire to continue practicing in rural, primary care upon completion of the residency. 
  • Two letters of recommendation are required, on the application you will list the name and email of the reference. They will receive an email request and submit their letter online. You will be notified when letter is received. 
    • Letter of Recommendations should come from Program Directors or Graduate Faculty from your nurse practitioner education; Clinical Preceptors; or Employers. Letters should not come from family or friends.
    • Letters should speak to your ability to be a successful Nurse Practitioner Resident; your clinical skills and knowledge, experience in rural, primary care; your strengths and weaknesses; and any additional supportive information. Please include their professional role and relationship with the nurse practitioner resident applicant.
  • Applications due by March 15, 2021, for the June 1, 2021, second cohort of NP Residents

*Certification and appropriate state licensure must be completed when residency cycle begins but is not required at the time of application.  

Please contact Dr. Hite, for any questions about eligibility, opportunities and questions regarding the PSU Nurse Practitioner Residency Program.