Nurse Practitioner Residency Program

Yakima Neighborhood Health Services is pleased to announce its Family Nurse Practitioner Residency Training Program. The residency is a 12-month program providing intensive training to both the clinical complexity of family practice in the safety net setting, and training to a high performance, PCMH model for primary care.


The program is specifically intended for new family nurse practitioners who are committed to developing careers as PCPs in the challenging setting of community health centers and other safety net settings.

The residency is a full-time, 12-month salaried position. The program structure includes precepted primary care sessions, specialty rotations, mentored independent clinics, didactic sessions, quality improvement and leadership development.

We’re training the nurse practitioner residents to Yakima Neighborhood Health Services’ model of high-performance health care: advanced access scheduling, planned care, the chronic care model, integrated behavioral health/primary care, team-based, with expert use of health information technology and the electronic health record.

NP residency slots are available for the (2022-2023) NP Residency Cohort. The family nurse practitioner residency program runs from September 1, 2022-August 31, 2023.

The residency year begins with intensive orientation to Yakima Neighborhood Health Services, the neighborhoods in which the training sites are located, and the health problems of the target population, and includes walking tours of neighborhoods, tours of the Yakima Neighborhood Health Services sites statewide, meetings with community leaders, technical training on electronic health record, and orientation by our chief medical officer to the responsibilities and privileges of medical staff participation at Yakima Neighborhood Health Services.

The residency has five key components:

Precepted “Continuity Clinics”
(4 sessions/week) These are the cornerstone of the residency. In precepted clinics, the FNP residents develop their own patient panel while having an expert Yakima Neighborhood Health Services primary care provider (MD, APRN or PA) exclusively assigned to them.

Specialty Rotations:
(2 sessions/week x 1/month) Specialty rotations in areas of high-volume/high burden/high-risk situations most commonly encountered in the setting of the FQHC. Rotations may include, but not limited to: Orthopedics, Dermatology, Women’s Health, Pediatrics, Geriatrics, Newborn/nursery, HIV care, MAT, Adult Behavioral Health, Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health and Healthcare for the Homeless.

Mentored Clinics:
(2 sessions/week) During mentored clinics, the NP residents work as a member of a team and see patients at the delegation of the primary care providers, who remain available for consultations. The focus is on the practice of episodic and acute care visits.

Didactic Education Sessions:
(1 session/week) Formal learning sessions on a variety of complex clinical challenges most commonly encountered in FQHCs. The content of the presentations is planned to correspond to the residents’ current clinical experiences.

Quality Improvement training:

(1 session/week)Training to Yakima Neighborhood Health Services’ quality improvement model, including clinical microsystems and facilitation as well as leadership and professional development.

Evaluations: The YNHS Nurse Practitioner residency training program provides ongoing multi-input evaluation component using qualitative and quantitative measures

The Nurse Practitioner Residency in Family Practice and Community Health has the following goals:

  • Increase access to quality primary care for underserved and special populations by training family practice nurse practitioners in a FQHC-based residency program that prepares residents for full and autonomous expert care of complex underserved populations across all life cycles and in multiple settings
  • Provide new Nurse Practitioners (NPs) with a depth, breadth, volume and intensity of clinical training necessary to serve as primary care providers in the complex setting of the country’s FQHCs
  • Improve the clinical skills, confidence, productivity, and job satisfaction of new nurse practitioners who choose to work in underserved community settings, as well as contribute to employer satisfaction and workforce retention
  • Increase the number of NPs ready to serve in community health settings

Application FormThank you for your interest in the Nurse Practitioner Residency in Family Practice and Community Health.

The following items are required to complete the application process for the Yakima Neighborhood Health Services Family Nurse Practitioner Residency Program:

  • Yakima Neighborhood Health Services Residency Application
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Official graduate school transcripts
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • Personal Statement and responses to essay questions

If you have any questions, please e-mail:


The NP Residency application can be submitted electronically. The electronic applications should be emailed to Simply download the PDF, complete all fields, save, and attach to the email.

Applicants must be recent graduates (no more than 24 months) from an accredited master’s or DNP program, licensed (WA APRN) and credentialed (FNP-C) or license/credential-eligible as FNP, bilingual candidates (Spanish Speaking) preferred with a stated commitment to practice as a primary care provider in a Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) or other safety net settings.

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