Nurse Practitioner Residency Program

Sam Rodgers’ Nurse Practitioner Residency Program Leads Through Innovation

Last year, Sam Rodgers launched Missouri’s first Nurse Practitioner Residency Program of any Federally Qualified Health Center in the state. This innovative program will be integral to training practitioners in a variety of settings that include everything from pediatrics and women’s health, to adult primary care, behavioral health, and much more. This program also benefits our region by ensuring a steady pipeline of well-trained, culturally responsive healthcare professionals.

Our Mission: 

To equip, educate, and support newly graduated Nurse Practitioners through intensive and comprehensive training experiences that create high quality providers competent in complex, culturally appropriate and compassionate healthcare.

Our Vision:

To graduate well-rounded, expert primary care providers who will provide high quality, compassionate and accessible healthcare to the underserved community. 

To improve provider and patient satisfaction while fostering collaborative relationships between departments, teams, individuals, and families.

To build future leaders and healthcare advocates within our community that understand the intricate needs of our patient population.

Nurse practitioners program

Program Description

The Sam Rodgers Nurse Practitioner Residency Program is a 12-month program that includes: 

  • Didactic sessions to enhance professional knowledge.
  • Precepted clinic for residents to build their own patient panels and get experience treating patients. 
  • Mentored clinic for residents to focus on particular diagnoses.
  • Specialty rotations for residents to learn about specialty care outside of our healthcare center.  

Residents also get training in quality improvement with hands-on experience implementing a QI project of their interest throughout the program.  Residents are supported by residency staff, preceptors, and faculty.  

Through partnerships with academic institutions, community health organizations, and outside specialists, the program offers a wide variety of experiences and learning sessions built for residents to transition into practice with ease and support not typically offered outside of post-graduate programs.  

The program starts in September and residents graduate the following August.

Qualifications: Eligible candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Possess a graduate of a master’s or doctoral level Family Nurse Practitioner program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) within the 12-18 months prior to residency program start date.
  • Serve in their first nurse practitioner role.
  • Have a minimum graduate GPA of 3.5.
  • Be a citizen of the United States.
  • Hold Board certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner by June 15th 
  • Hold a current unrestricted active Nurse Practitioner license in Missouri prior to starting the residency program.


  • Competitive residency salary.
  • Optional enrollment in health and dental insurance.
  • Paid time off.
  • Holiday pay.
  • Hiring preference for any open positions in our facility.

Application Cycle

Applications for the upcoming cohort will open in February-March and are in a rolling cycle.  Applicants will be screened, and interview invitations will be sent throughout the months of March, April and May.  Offers will be extended no later than June.  Once all openings for the residency have been filled, the application cycle will end.

Contact us for more information.