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Internships, fellowships and residencies

VA Oklahoma City health care provides training programs for students at the college, university, and postgraduate levels. Explore our training programs to find out about how we can help you start your career as a health care professional.

Internships, fellowships and residencies

Choosing an internship, residency, or fellowship program is a big decision. The VA Oklahoma City Healthcare System offers training programs for university and postgraduate students. Let us help you develop your career as a health care professional while you serve today’s Veterans.

Nurse residency and trainee programs

Oklahoma City VA offers several programs catering to the student nurse, post graduate RN and post graduate nurse practitioner. The VA Office of Academic Affiliations  pioneered registered Nurse (RN) and nurse practitioner (NP) residency programs. Each program offers unique opportunities to develop competent, confident practice ready RNs and NPs equipped with the knowledge and skills to address the specific needs of our nation’s Veterans served by the Veterans Health Administration and community.

In 2019, the Oklahoma City VA was granted funding from the VA Office of Academic Affiliations  to establish the state’s first and only Nurse Practitioner Primary Care Residency Program. We also have the distinct honor to have the state’s only CCNE accredited transition to practice program, the RN Transition to Practice. Our Post Baccalaureate Registered Nurse Residency Program is also the state’s only CCNE accredited RN residency program.

Dr. Kathleen Parker is the director of Nurse Residency and Trainee Programs at VA Oklahoma City health care.

The Student Nurse Technician program is intended to provide nursing students with the opportunity to develop skills that will benefit them in their professional growth and development. The program provides direct patient care under the supervision of a professional nurse while attending nursing school. Flexible scheduling allows the student nurse to work in conjunction with school schedules. Learn more about the  Student Nurse Technician program.

The Veterans Affairs Learning Opportunities Residency (VALOR) Program is an honors program for select nursing students who have completed the junior year of a nursing program. VALOR provides a structured clinical experience with a preceptor and educational course work in a clinical setting. Learn more about the VALOR program.

The VA Nursing Academy program is an innovative education and practice collaboration between the VA and University of Oklahoma HSC Fran and Earl Ziegler College of Nursing. The VA Nursing Academy program seeks to address a growing population of Veterans with unique complex care needs who are served within multiple, diverse care settings. Learn more about the VA Nursing Academy program.

This is a highly competitive program seeking registered nurses for an intensive 12-month training program which incorporates a clinical, didactic and evidence-based curriculum. The focus is on increasing competence and confidence of the new graduate as they transition into the role of registered nurse. Residents in the program are appointed as full-time health professional trainee under protected time and earning an annual stipend with some federal benefits. Learn more about the Post-Baccalaureate Registered Nurse Residency.

The RN Transition to Practice program falls under the sponsorship of the Office of Nursing Services. The Transition to Practice is designed for any newly hired licensed RN with less than one-year experience and/or less than 12-months from conferred degree. The RN Transition to Practice program is a comprehensive curriculum built upon standards related to clinical, leadership and professional dimensions. Learn more about the RN Transition to Practice program.

The Oklahoma City VA is proud to be awarded the state’s first Post-Graduate Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Residency Program. The Nurse Practitioner Residency program is a bridge from strong academic foundations to clinical practice with goal of developing competent and confident nurse practitioners equipped to be competitive in today’s fast paced health care system. Nurse practitioner residents will focus on assessment, diagnostics and treatment of complex clinical cases using evidence-based practice. Learn more about the Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Residency program.

Precious L. Hunt Barnes, MSN, FNP-C

I am a certified Nurse Family Practitioner. I earned my Bachelor of Science degree from Texas Christian University. I later obtained a Master’s in Education and completed UT Tyler’s Family Nurse Practitioners program.  My nursing career spans over 18 years as a Bedside Nurse specializing in Medical Surgical and Pulmonary/Telemetry Nursing. 

I am originally from Alabama but grew up in Texas. My community was under served and a lack of healthcare and resources were very visible and prevalent. Living in this reality sparked a passion inside me to educate and mentor others with similar backgrounds. It has also driven me to reach out to communities in need by volunteering as a nurse practitioner at disadvantaged community clinics.  It is my hope to complete the OKC Nurse Practitioner Residency and to better serve those that are in need.

Dr. Ajeminayanate Berepele, DNP, FNP-C

My name is Dr. Ajeminayanate Berepele, and I go by AJ (for obvious reasons). I obtained my bachelor’s degree in Biology at the University of Oklahoma in 2014 and then decided to go into nursing. I graduated with my Associates degree in nursing from Oklahoma City Community College in their 10-month accelerated program in 2016 and my RN to BSN from Oklahoma City University (Kramer School of Nursing) in 2017. I immediately started the BSN to DNP program at Oklahoma City University and graduated in May of 2021. My nursing background has all been in the emergency room, from April of 2016 to August of 2021. In my free time, I love playing with my German Shepherd and Golden Retriever, learning the acoustic guitar, and exercising.

Dr. Toyin Oyerinde, DNP, FNP-C

My name Dr. Toyin Oyerinde, I obtained my Doctorate degree in Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) from the University of Tulsa. My bachelor’s degree in nursing was obtained from Oklahoma City University and my ADN from Oklahoma City Community College. I worked as an ICU nurse for 5 years at Select Specialty Hospital. I am married with a 5-year-old.

Yesha Patel, FNP-BC

I graduated from the University of Oklahoma with my BSN in 2017. After getting my Bachelor’s, I worked in the Neonatal ICU as a nurse where I further developed my clinical skills. With a goal of becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner, I received my Master’s in Nursing in 2020 from Belmont University. I am passionate about providing holistic patient-centered care that incorporates the mind, body, and soul. In my free time, I enjoy watching OU football, spending time with my family, and binge-watching TV shows.

Dr. Marlana Travis, DNP, APRN-CNP, FNP-C, FNP-BC, CEN

My name is Marlana Travis. I have an associated of applied science in paramedicine from Redlands Community College (1999), and an associate of applied science in nursing from OSU-OKC (2004). I completed by bachelor’s degree in nursing in 2018 from Southwestern Oklahoma State University and then moved on to graduate school. I graduated from The University of Tulsa with my doctorate as a family nurse practitioner in May of 2021. I am married to my husband of 22 years and we have three children. My hobbies include serving as the clinic director for a crisis pregnancy center, music ministry with my local church, and traveling. Some of my favorite things are Starbucks, going to the movies, and dining out with family and friends.

Dr. Kathleen Parker, Ph.D, APRN-CNP

Director, Nurse Residency and Trainee Programs
Email: Kathleen.Parker@va.gov
Phone: 405-456-3787

Loraine Eden-Davis, MSN, RN, Med/Surg-BC

Coordinator SNP & Valor Programs, Nurse Residency & Trainee Program Faculty/Educator
Email: Loraine.Eden-Davis@va.gov
Phone: 405-456-4266

Rosie Hughes, DNP-Ed, RN

Coordinator PBRNR, Co-coordinator RNTTP Program, Nurse Residency & Trainee Program Faculty/Educator
Email: Rosie.Hughes@va.gov
Phone: 405-456-5965

Tiffany Jackson, MSN, RN

Coordinator RNTTP, Co-coordinator PBRNR Program, Nurse Residency & Trainee Program Faculty/Educator)
Phone: 405-456-1772

Melissa Rosas, APRN-CNP

Coordinator Nurse Practitioner Residency Program
Email: Melissa.Rosas@va.gov
Phone: 405-456-5757

Teresa L. Williams, Ph.D, RN

Nursing Service Education Program Coordinator
Email: Teresa.Williams7@va.gov
Phone: 405-456-5693

Training for associated health care professionals

If you are a student in an associated health care profession, we can help you train for your health care career. At the VA Oklahoma City Healthcare System, we offer paid and unpaid training in several specialties. 

Before training at the VA Oklahoma City health care, you’ll need an official and current affiliation agreement between our system and your accredited program on file with us. If you want to confirm an existing agreement or establish a new affiliation with VA Oklahoma City Healthcare System, please contact our Education Department at 405-456-3995.

Our 12-month Dental General Practice Residency program began in 2000. Our program is accredited through the American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation. Learn more about the Dental General Practice Residency program.

PGY1 Pharmacy Residency

We accept three residents each year into this program, which offers a variety of clinical, research, and administrative experiences. We provide you with a longitudinal, comprehensive research experience and a wide variety of teaching opportunities. Learn more about the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency.

Pharmacy PGY2 Infectious Diseases Residency

Our pharmacy specialty program trains one resident each year in a variety of infectious diseases pharmacotherapy settings. Learn more about the Pharmacy PGY2 Infectious Diseases Residency.

Learn more about the Psychology Doctoral Internship Program

Training for health professions

The VA Oklahoma City Healthcare System partners with The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center  to educate and train residents in dentistry and pharmacy. Our medical center is a 192-bed tertiary care center providing more than 630,000 patient encounters.

Contact us

If you have any questions or need more information about our associated health care programs, please contact our Human Resources Department.

Human Resources and Development Department
Oklahoma University’s Garrison Tower
NE 13th Street
Second floor
Suite 2200
Oklahoma City, OK 73104
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CT 
Phone: 405-456-5127
Fax: 405-456-5943