Rural Healthcare Facility Recruitment Assistance Program

The Rural Healthcare Facility Recruitment Assistance Program provides a $10,000 payment to eligible health professionals who complete a three-year, full-time service commitment. The health professional must enter into a three-way contract between the employing facility and the state. Eligible facilities must be located in a community with a population of 10,000 or less. Applications must be submitted by employing facility with a limit of 3 participants per employing facility.


  • Dietitian or Nutritionist
  • Nurse (LPN or RN)
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Respiratory Therapist
  • Laboratory Technologist
  • Pharmacist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Paramedic
  • Medical Technologist
  • Radiologic Technologist
  • Speech Therapist
  • Healthcare Social Worker
  • Dental Hygienist

South Dakota licensed:

  • Hospitals
  • Nursing Homes
  • Federally Certified Home Health Agencies
  • Chemical Dependency Treatment Facilities
  • Intermediate Care Facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities
  • Community Support Providers
  • Community Mental Health Centers
  • ESRD Facilities
  • Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs)
  • Ambulance services
  • Dental Practice

The Rural Healthcare Facility Recruitment Assistance Program accepts applications from May 1 - December 31 each year.  After printing, please sign and date the form. Applications can be mailed to the Office of Rural Health, 600 East Capitol, Pierre, SD 57501, faxed to 605-773-5683, or scan and email the application to

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For more information contact the South Dakota Office of Rural Health, 600 E. Capitol, Pierre, SD, 57501, or 1-800-738-2301.