Recruitment Assistance for Healthcare Professionals

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.

Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery Loan Repayment Program

Healthcare Professional Recruitment & Retention

Are you passionate about helping those with substance use disorders? If you are a behavioral health clinician or support worker, clinical support staff, or trained in substance use disorders, you can apply to the Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery Loan Repayment Program (STAR LRP) and receive up to $250,000 in loan repayment. In exchange, you must work full-time for six years in a STAR LRP-approved facility.

OPEN June 4, 2024 | Application Due Date: June 27, 2024

Rural Healthcare Facility Recruitment Assistance Program

Healthcare Professional Recruitment & Retention

The 2024 Rural Healthcare Facility Recruitment Assistance Program application cycle opened on May 1, 2024. This program provides a $10,000 incentive payment to eligible health professionals who complete a three-year, full-time service commitment in a community with a population of 10,000 or less.

OPEN May 1, 2024 | Application Due Date: December 31, 2024

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.

Learn More About REHPS

3RNet is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to healthcare recruitment in rural and underserved communities.

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Helpful recruitment resources for employers, communities, and healthcare professionals.

Find Recruitment and Retention Resources

  • 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.