The Office of Rural Health administers a variety of programs to assist communities and facilities in recruiting healthcare professionals. For more information on the programs below, contact the office at 1-800-738-2301.
More Recruitment Assistance Opportunities
A 4-week summer program designed to bring health profession graduates back to rural South Dakota for rewarding careers. Students, selected in a competitive process, are enrolled in one of the following programs at DWU, MMC, PC, SDSU, or USD: bachelor of nursing, clinical psychology, family nurse practitioner, medical doctor, medical laboratory science, occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant, pharmacy, and social work. After selection, students are placed in interprofessional pairs in communities with a critical access hospital and a population under 13,000 people.
NHSC builds healthy communities by supporting qualified healthcare providers dedicated to working in areas of the United States with limited access to care. NHSC administers programs to recruit healthcare providers to underserved areas designated as a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA).
3RNet is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to healthcare recruitment in rural and underserved communities.
Helpful recruitment resources for employers, communities, and healthcare professionals.
- Build Dakota Scholarship - Scholarships awarded to skilled scholars entering high-need workforce programs at South Dakota technical institutes.
- South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship – Allows South Dakota’s most academically accomplished high school graduates to receive an affordable education at any university, college, or technical school in South Dakota.
- Dakota Corps Scholarship Program – Allows students financial access to outstanding post-secondary education, while encouraging them to remain in South Dakota upon graduation working in critical need occupations.