The Health Profession Loan Repayment Program seeks to address Washington’s nursing shortage and increase providers in underserved areas by providing educational loan repayment for health care providers working in rural communities or with underserved populations.

The program provides up to $25,000 per year for a minimum three years of service caring for patients in critical shortage areas; eligible providers include nurses, dentists, physicians, pharmacists, hygienists, midwives, mid-level medical providers, clinical psychologists, marriage and family therapists, licensed social workers, and mental health counselors.

2017-19: Washington State Operating Budget

In its final budget, the Legislature provided maintenance level funding for the Health Profession Loan Repayment Program.

The Unmet Need in Washington State

This rise in demand is outpacing the supply of health care professionals.

Washington currently ranks 42nd in the nation when it comes to nurse-to-resident ratio. Washington, along with other Pacific Region states, is the 4th lowest in the nation in nurse growth. This means that over the next decade, RN demand will outpace supply in Washington State – key drivers being age-related retirement and escalating demand for health care. By 2030, Washington State will need an additional 12,000 nurses and 1,695 primary care physicians.

Additionally, the Washington Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board projects significant shortfalls in the number of physician assistants and advanced registered nurse practitioners.

More information and resources

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