Premera RNHI

DNP Student Rural Clinical Rotations

The UW Premera RNHI Grant is no longer accepting applications.

With support from the Premera Foundation, the UW Rural Nursing Health Initiative (RNHI) invited DNP students interested in rural primary care practice, improving health outcomes for rural communities, and working with diverse, underserved populations to apply for a one quarter/semester Premera-funded rural clinical rotation. Matched students received a $10,000 stipend to defray living expenses during this training/learning experience. Rural clinical sites that hosted UW Premera funded students also received a $4,000 stipend per student placement.

80 stipends were awarded to DNP students from 6 universities across the state, to complete rural clinical rotations in these  locations:


“The clinical experience at a rural site has helped sharpen my skills and judgment to become a better future provider…definitely a must-have experience…”
(Phuong Aloni Le, UW DNP / FNP stipend recipient, Winter 2021 UW Premera RNHI stipend recipient)

“I have always taken under consideration relocating to a smaller community and working as an NP but this rotation helped me imagine myself actually doing it.” (Agata Millar, Seattle Pacific University DNP/AGNP student, Spring 2021 UW Premera RNHI stipend recipient)

“I intend to work in a rural area following graduation, and having grown up in a rural area, I understand that obtaining clinical education in that setting is paramount to prepare myself to succeed as a rural healthcare provider.”
(Carolyn Mattson, Seattle University DNP/FNP student, Autumn 2020 UW Premera RNHI stipend recipient)

“I think working in a rural health setting has informed me how to manage my patients… There is a unique practice autonomy that a rural health setting offers.” (Jessica Medrala, UW DNP/FNP student, Autumn 2020 UW Premera RNHI stipend recipient pictured with her preceptor at Confluence Health)

Funded by: Premera