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Nurse Practitioner & Physician Assistant
Residency Program

Applications Open December 2022
for Fall 2023 Program

MISSION

The Heritage Health NP/PA residency program's mission is to improve access and quality of health care in our community by advancing the education of newly graduated Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants by providing the depth, intensity, and breadth of training needed to support new providers in gaining competence, clinical and leadership skills and confidence to deliver high-quality health care to our community.

VISION

Heritage Health NP/PA residency program aims to train the next generation of expert primary and behavioral health care providers.  We will develop future Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants in regional safety net settings, contributing to providing and improving access to quality health care to our community's most vulnerable populations.

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About Heritage Health

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  • Heritage Health has proudly served North Idaho since 1985 under the names of Lake City Health and Dirne Health Centers, Inc. Heritage Health is a private, non-profit 501(C)(3)charitable organization operating under the name of Dirne Health Centers, Inc.​ 

  • Heritage Health is governed by a board of directors, the majority of whom are active patients at our centers. This structure, combined with our non-profit status allows Heritage Health to be responsive first and foremost to the needs of our patients and not corporate shareholders. Our culture, pricing, hours of operation, services, locations, and strategic direction are set by people who rely on us for their healthcare needs.​ 

  • Our unique structure is what sets us apart from the other profit focused healthcare organizations in our area. We truly are a community-owned and operated resource.​ 

  • We are a Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b, and a deemed Public Health Service employee under 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n).​ 

  • In addition to Primary Care, we offer Behavioral Health Therapy, Substance Abuse Treatment, Psychiatric Med Management, Dental Services, Homeless Outreach, Dietary and Clinical Services.​ 

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Program Structure

  • Two applicants are selected yearly 

  • Program starts in September  

  • Program is 12 months followed by additional 12 months of additional support  

  • Specialty rotations 

  • Regularly scheduled didactics 

Our Facilities

You will be working out of our Heritage Health CDA Medical Clinic.

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Our Residents

  • Interested in gaining primary care experience working in a community health center setting. 

  • MSN or DNP graduate from a CCNE or ACEN accredited Family Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant program within 24 months prior to start of program year.  

  • Must be licensed in Idaho and credentialed by program start date. 

Meet Our Faculty

NP/PA Clinical Program Director 

 Dr. Leanne Rousseau

HERITAGE HEALTH PRIMARY CARE HPSA SCORE - 18

This attribute represents the Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) Score developed by the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) in determining priorities for the assignment of clinicians. The scores range from 0 to 25 where the higher the score, the greater the priority.
 

As an NHSC S2S LRP participant, you must work at an NHSC-approved site with a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) score of 14 or higher.Heritage Health has a Primary Care HSPA Score of 18 as of November 2022.