Missouri officials have extended the deadline to apply for healthcare training funding.
The healthcare professional loan and loan repayment programs, administered by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) and the Office of Rural Health and Primary Care, are designed to increase healthcare for Missourians in areas with shortages of healthcare professionals.
In parts of Missouri, the shortage of primary health care providers makes it difficult for low-income, uninsured, and geographically isolated citizens to access health care. By working with health care providers and communities, access to care can be improved for the underserved, according to the DHSS website.
The Office of Rural Health and Primary Care is accepting applications for the program and has extended the application cycle to March 15. Programs are available for students wishing to pursue careers as nurses, primary care physicians, dentists, and psychiatrists. Additionally, licensed practitioners who currently work in an underserved area of Missouri — or those wishing to provide care in an underserved area — may be eligible to receive $5,000 to $50,000 in student loans or loan repayments. to repay an existing debt, depending on their medical disciplines.
The following healthcare professional loan and loan repayment programs are offered by DHSS:
• The Nursing Student Loan Program provides funding for eligible educational expenses to qualified students pursuing a career as a licensed practical nurse or professional nurse.
• The Nurse Loan Repayment Program provides funds for the repayment of eligible student loans to qualified registered and advanced practice nurses.
• The Student Loan Repayment Program provides funds for the repayment of eligible student loans for qualified health professionals, physicians, dentists and psychiatrists.
• The Primary Care Resource Initiative for Missouri provides funding for eligible education costs to qualified students pursuing careers as licensed primary care physicians, dentists, dental hygienists, and psychiatrists.
People with questions can contact the program at [email protected] or call 800-891-7415.
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