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Associated Health Education Program

Fellowships | Affiliation Agreements | Contact OAA

More about VA training programs.

VA is a leader in the training of associated health professionals. Through affiliation agreements with more than 1,800 individual health professions schools and colleges, clinical traineeships and fellowships are provided to students in more than 40 professions, including pharmacists, dentists, audiologists, dietitians, social workers, psychologists, physical therapists, optometrists, podiatrists, physician assistants, and respiratory therapists.

  • In 2018, 24,395 Associated Health trainees received training at a VA facility.
  • 70% of current VA optometrists and psychologists participated in VA training programs prior to employment.

For additional information regarding without compensation or funded trainee positions, contact the education office or the clinical discipline office at the desired VA facility.

Associated Health Education Success Stories

Laura Taylor, MSW, LSCSW – National Director of Social Work, VA Central Office
Laura Taylor, MSW, LSCSW – National Director of Social Work, VA Central Office
"When attending graduate school, I was encouraged to pursue a highly competitive Social Work internship at the VA... I was a young single mother at the time and would not have been able to pursue the placement without a paid internship… I realized my passion was to serve Veterans, their family members and Caregivers."

More Associated Health Education success stories can be found here.