Rural Health Professions Program (RHPP)

Deliver care to rural, medically-underserved patients

The University of Arizona College of Nursing Rural Health Professions Program (UA CON RHPP) is an innovative program to create a community of doctorally-prepared advanced practice registered nurses who have didactic and clinical expertise in providing care to rural and medically underserved patients and will serve as leaders in improving the quality and access to care for these patients.

The Rural Health Professions Program is supported through the Arizona Area Health Education Center (AzAHEC).

Consistent with the mission of the AzAHEC program, the UA CON RHPP aims to develop a competent, interprofessional healthcare workforce to practice in rural and medically underserved areas, with a particular focus on Arizona. By providing additional support to students in their clinical rotations in rural and medically underserved sites across Arizona, the aim is to have students return to these sites to practice following graduation. This program also provides experiences and opportunities to develop expertise with interprofessional collaboration among healthcare disciplines.

The program is open to all UA CON Doctor of Nursing Practice students, including both primary (e.g. Family Nurse Practitioner) and specialty care (e.g. Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Anesthesia), recognizing the need for both primary and specialty care in rural and medically underserved areas. Students do not need to be Arizona residents. However, additional support is available for Arizona rotations.

Learn more about the requirements & benefits of the program by downloading the program guide, or contact the Program Director. 

Contact Dr. Pacheco, the Program Director, for more information:

Christy Pacheco, DNP, FNP-BC
Clinical Assistant Professor
Director, College of Nursing Rural Health Professions Program
(520) 626-4039