Program FAQs

More information about El Rio Health’s APRN Clinical Residency Program

What is the Residency?

The residency is a post-graduate training opportunity for APRNs with an interest in primary care of the underserved. Through mentoring and didactic content, the residency prepares new graduate APRNs to provide Primary Care to vulnerable populations in a Community Health Center setting.

What kind of Clinical Experience is offered?

For Family Nurse Practitioners, the residency offers the opportunity to rotate through multiple health center sites. The emphasis is on best practices in comprehensive primary health care delivery. The residency will equip the new APRN with the unique skill set required to meet the challenge of caring for patients in a safety net setting.

For Certified Nurse Midwives, the residency offers the opportunity to develop competency in ambulatory midwifery services, primary care of women, acute and primary care of newborns and intrapartum care in both a birth center and tertiary care setting.  The residency will prepare new Nurse Midwives to care for women in maternity shortage areas and excellence in the care of underserved women.

El Rio Health is a teaching health center, with medical students and physician/dentist residencies in Family Practice and Pediatric specialties. Inter-professional collaboration is our approach and cross-care learning opportunities exist.

How long is is the Residency?

For Family Nurse Practitioners, the residency is a full year. For Certified Nurse Midwives, the residency is 9 months.

Is this a paid position?

The residency is a full-time salaried position.  The position includes a benefits package and loan deferment may be available. A two-year post-residency commitment is required pending successful completion of the residency and company vacancies. Residents may apply for loan repayment through Federal and State programs after the residency is completed.

How many residents are in the class?

Four FNPs and one CNM.

What are the application requirements?
  • Successful completion of the APRN licensing requirements in your specialty in the state of Arizona
  • Completion of an accredited program of study in the field
  • CV
  • 3 letters of reference
  • Statement of interest/personal essay
  • In person interview
How do I apply?

The current application cycle is closed. If you would like to be added to our interest list, click HERE.