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Sollus Northwest Family Nurse Practitioner Residency Program

Application Deadline: 
Monday, March 16, 2020

The Sollus Northwest Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Residency Program in Yakima, WA, is a 12-month program that provides intensive training to both 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 family nurse practitioners who are committed to developing careers as Primary Care Providers (PCPs) Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in the challenging setting of community health centers and other safety net settings.

The residency is a full-time, 12-month salaried position. Three residency slots are available for the 2020-2021 Sollus Northwest FNP Residency class. The residency class begins September 8, 2020, and continues through August 27, 2021. 

Our residency program is located at, Yakima Medical-Dental Clinic (Yakima, WA).

Applications will be accepted December 1, 2019-March 16, 2020.

Program Overview

Precepted Continuity Clinics:
(5 sessions/week) Precepted clinics are the cornerstone of the residency. In these clinics, the FNP residents develop their own patient panel while having a YVFWC provider exclusively assigned to them.

Specialty Rotations:
(2 to 4 sessions/week x 1/month) Rotations are in areas of high-volume/high-burden/high-risk situations most commonly encountered in the setting of the FQHC. Rotations can include: Orthopedics, Dermatology, Women’s Health, Pediatrics, Newborn/nursery, HIV care, Immediate Care, Podiatry, Cardiology, ENT, and Adult Behavioral Health.

Mentored Clinics:
(3 sessions/week) During mentored clinics, the FNP residents work as a member of a team, and see patients at the delegation of the primary care providers, who remain available for consultations.

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.

Program Goals

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 Family Nurse Practitioners (FNPs) 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.
  • Train new FNPs to a model of primary care consistent with the Institute of Medicine (IOM) principles of health care and the needs of vulnerable populations.
  • Improve the clinical skills, confidence, productivity, and job satisfaction of new family nurse practitioners who choose to work in underserved community settings, as well as contribute to employer satisfaction and workforce retention.
  • Increase the number of FNPs ready to serve in leadership roles in community health settings.

How to Apply

The following items are required to complete the application process for the YVFWC Sollus Northwest Family Nurse Practitioner Residency Program:

  • Online Application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal Statement
    • What experiences have led you to choose nursing as a profession and the role of a family nurse practitioner as a specialty practice?
    • What are the goals you are looking to accomplish during your residency? Please identify specific areas of interest by lifecycle, age, or setting that you would like to develop increased mastery, competency, or confidence in.
    • Tell us about the patient population you want to provide care for and why. Perhaps you can share about your experience working with underserved and vulnerable populations.
    • Can you tell us how you relate to the YVFWC Mission Statement?
    • Where do you see yourself post-residency?
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation (one academic, one professional, and one of your choice.) Please address letters to: Sollus NW FNP Residency Program Selection Committee
  • Official MSN or DNP transcript(s).

Important Dates:

  • December 1, 2019: Application open for 2020-2021
  • March 16, 2020: Application Deadline
  • April 26 & 27, 2020: In-Person Interviews, Option 1
  • April 27 & 28, 2020: In-Person Interviews, Option 2
  • September 8, 2020: Residency program starts

Please note: your CV and personal statement must be attached to your required online application. For complete information/instructions regarding the required application requirements & how to submit them, use this PDF: FNP Application Required Items

Questions about the application process should be e-mailed to


  • Applicants must be recent graduates (less than 18 months from the program start month, September 2020) MSN or DPN from an accredited program
  • Family Nurse Practitioner board certification by the start of the the program
  • Washington state RN and ARNP license by start of the program.
  • FNP-C credentialed eligible.
  • Commitment to practice as a primary care provider in a FQHC or other safety net settings.

If you have any questions, please e-mail

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Consider a FNP Residency?

Family Nurse Practitioners provide effective & high-quality patient care and have an important role in improving the quality of patient care in the United States.

YVFWC offers a thoroughly structured post-graduate residency training program, like that of our physician colleagues. Family Nurse Practitioners improve the clinical skills, confidence, productivity and job satisfaction needed to work successfully in the underserved setting.

I Live in a State Other than Washington, May I Apply?

Out-of-state applicants for our FNP residency program are considered the same as our in state applicants.

What are the Dates to Apply for the 2020-2021 FNP Residency Program?

Applications will be accepted no earlier than December 1, 2019. Application Deadline: March 16, 2020 (All components of the required online application must be received by this date.)

Do You Have Any Other FNP Residency Programs in Other States/Locations?

No, the Sollus Northwest Family Nurse Practitioner Residency program is only located in Yakima, WA, with a cohort size of three.

How Many Residents are Accepted Each Year?

YVFWC currently is accepting three FNP residents.

I Applied, Now What?

YVFWC will make every attempt to respond to any applicant who meets all minimum requirements and to those who have submitted a complete application packet. If you have any questions regarding your application, please feel free to email

Throughout the application period we will be communicating with candidates regarding the status of applications. Notifications of completed applications will be sent upon receipt of all required information.

I Graduated from a NP Program that is Not a Family Nurse Practitioner Program, Can I Still Apply?

YVFWC is only accepting Family Nurse Practitioners into our residency program.

What if I am a NHSC Scholarship Recipient?

If you have an NHSC scholar obligation or are seeking loan repayment, please let us know. NHSC legislation does not permit internship or residency to be counted as part of the obligatory period of service, but does allow deferrals of up to one year for scholars who wish to participate in residency programs.

I need a visa sponsorship. Does YVFWC provide a visa sponsorship for the NP residency program?

YVFWC does not provide visa sponsorships because the NP residency program does not meet the necessary criteria.

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