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Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Residency 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.

Residents will be provided with specialty and primary care rotations accompanied by didactic education for a well-rounded experience. The program matches residents with clinical and academic experts in a protected learning environment with opportunities for leadership development. Residents are provided expanded Veteran-centric competency-based curriculum.

Program goals

The post-graduate Nurse Practitioner Residency program provides an intensive clinical experience supplemented by interprofessional development activities to result in a better prepared nurse practitioner available to function independently in providing primary care health services for a Veteran population. The program is 12 months long focusing on the advancement of clinical, leadership and scholarship skills with an emphasis on Veteran centric care. The goal of the program is to enhance recruitment of competent nurse practitioners for careers within the VA. The program also increases opportunities for new nurse practitioners to participate in a structured precepting/mentoring program focusing on clinical competencies and improving professional confidence. On completion of the NPR program, residents will have one year of credible population-specific clinical experience necessary for assuming full practice authority.


Residents in the program are considered federal trainees with a competitive stipend and comprehensive benefits package that includes earned vacation and sick leave, paid holidays, and health benefits. The resident stipend is based on the current year’s allocation rate for the local area. Program participation and completion is not a guarantee of employment however graduates of the residency program graduates of the residency program will have 1 year of credible experience that supports a competitive selection for hiring for open positions within the VAHCS.

Eligibility requirements

  • U.S. citizen and fluent in English. 
  • Less than one year experience as a Nurse Practitioner
  • Graduated with a Master or Doctorate degree from a CCNE or NLN accredited program with a focus on Adult Gerontology or Family Care.
  • Certification as an Adult Gerontology Primary Care or Family Nurse Practitioner and a current, full, and unrestricted license as a NP.
  • All applicants must submit to a background screening, physical exam, drug testing and credentialing verification of education and employment to be a part of the VA health care system.

How to apply

To apply for this residency program, please submit the following documents to Place in the subject line: Applicant’s First and Last Name_Applicant NPR Program_year. Example: Jane_Doe_Applicant PCNPR_2024.

  •  VA Form 10-2850D, Application for Health Professions Trainees.
  • Current curriculum vitae or resume
  • Transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation must come from a current or past professional peer as well as from your current NP academic program. 
  • A copy of APRN license and board certification or notice of testing date.
  • A one-page narrative describing your interest in the Primary Care NP Residency at the OKC VA Medical Center as well as future goals.

Applications will be accepted pending graduation and boards. These items will need to be completed prior to start of the program in September of 2024.

Application, Notification, and Program Start Dates

The 2024 application cycle is March 10, 2024 - April 7, 2024. Incomplete and late packets will not be considered. All documents must be received by the application deadline (April 7th) to be considered. Interviews will be scheduled for April, decision letters/emails will be sent out by May 31, 2024. The program start date will be the 3rd week of September 2024.