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Internships and fellowships

VA Puget Sound Health Care System 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.

Nursing education

VA Puget Sound enhances nursing education and practice by facilitating a strong and mutually beneficial partnership between the VA and schools of nursing.  We provide Registered Nurse (RN) and Nurse Practitioner (NP) residency programs to develop competent, confident, practice-ready employees to meet the needs of our community.

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Associated health education

VA Puget Sound's associated health education includes all health professions except for medicine, dentistry, and nursing (e.g., psychology, occupational therapy, pharmacy, etc.). Through affiliation agreements with health professions schools and colleges, we provide clinical placements and fellowships for health professions trainees in more than 40 disciplines.

Learn more about our neurologic physical therapy residency 

Clinical pastoral education

VA Puget Sound enhances intercultural and interfaith professional ministry in healthcare settings in a groundbreaking program, using creative and innovative methods of learning to educate pastors. We provide Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) residency and fellowship programs to enable students to realize their full potential to strengthen the spiritual health of people in their care as well as themselves

Learn more about our CPE program

Medical and dental education

VA Puget Sound offers training opportunities to learn from VA’s physician and dental faculty, who hold joint appointments with universities and the VA, in both clinical and research settings.  We prepare health care professionals to meet the changing needs of the nation’s health care system.

Advanced fellowships

VA Puget Sound provides unique preparation for future leaders in healthcare by providing hands-on mentored educational experiences (e.g., medical informatics, clinical simulation, etc.).  Through creative partnerships, use of new technology, and innovative educational modalities, we promote and foster the highest standards of leadership, intellectual integrity, research, and patient care.

VA advanced fellowship program in Health Services Research & Development (HSR&D) with Seattle-Denver Center of Innovation (COIN)