Indians in Nursing: Career Advancement and Transition Scholars (INCATS) Program

INCATS Students

The INCATS program is a five-year project to increase the number of BSN and advanced practice Native American nurses who will practice in tribal facilities, create new pathways for Associate Degree nurses to advance their careers and build new tribal-academic-practice collaborations that expand the Native American nursing workforce prepared to improve care of native populations.

Grant funding source for this project is the Indian Health Services, Section 112 Scholarship.      I.H.S Grant Number - NU11IHSS0061.

Community Partners

  • Tohono O’odham Health and Human Services
  • San Carlos Apache Healthcare Corporation
  • Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation
  • Ft. Defiance Indian Health Services-Tséhootsooí Medical Center
  • Phoenix Indian Medical Center
  • Pascua Yaqui Health Department
  • Gila River Health Care
  • Tohono O’odham Community College
  • San Carlos Apache Community College
  • Navajo Technical University

Eligibility

  • Enrolled members of Federally Recognized American Indian/Alaska Native tribes.
  • Must be accepted and enrolled at the University of Arizona in a priority nursing program (BSN/BSNIH, MEPN, DNP [Family Nurse Practitioner or Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Specialty]). **Please note these priority nursing degree programs have been designated by the Indian Health Services.
  • Must be nominated by a community partner (tribal clinic, tribal college or tribal organization)
  • Must be agreeable to a payback obligation (2 years for every 1 year of I.H.S funding support) to the Indian Health Services (requires working as an RN/DNP in a tribal or I.H.S. setting in a direct patient care role upon completion of degree program.
  • Veterans receive priority consideration

Benefits

  • Financial support (Tuition, stipends, fees)
  • Tailored, culturally relevant mentoring provided by peers and faculty
  • Professional skills development
  • Preparation for RN licensure or APRN certifcation and job placement

Payback Obligations

Each INCAT scholar is expected to return to a tribal community or tribal healthcare setting to honor investments of tribal collaborations and partnerships. Obligation (2 years for every 1 year of I.H.S funding support).

  • Students interested in a nursing career and who are exploring the pursues of a nursing degree (BSN/BSN-IH, MEPN, DNP [FNP, PMHNP]) will schedule an appointment with the appropriate UA College of Nursing admissions counselor:
  • The admissions counselor will meet with the applicant, review transcripts and documents from all previous education, offer admission advice and determine/recommend appropriate nursing program(s) students may be eligible to apply to. A portfolio of documents will be submitted to the INCATS staff to include: transcript evaluation documentation, GPA, as appropriate for the program, and a suggested plan of study. Admissions counseling may occur year-round, and is available for scholars interested in applying to the UA nursing degree program and who are also interested in later applying for the INCATS program upon admission to a UA nursing degree program.
  • Interested students must be admitted to one of University of Arizona College of Nursing programs and will provide documentation of acceptance to the UA nursing program administrators along with a letter of interest in the INCATS program via email to INCATS@nursing.arizona.edu.
  • Applicant will request a nomination from the designated administrator from one of the INCATS clinical partners OR tribal community college partners.
  • The nomination form will be submitted by the INCATS clinical partners OR tribal community college partners via a designated weblink (URL link will be shared with tribal community partner). Nomination forms will include: tribal clinical/community partner name, nominee name and contact information, and responses to questions about the nominee’s relationship with the agency, community partner expectations of student, community partner resources to support the student, and willingness (when feasible) to hire the student upon completion of their nursing degree program and nominee strengths and reasons why the applicant would make a great Nurse and INCAT scholar. Nomination deadline each year is April 15 or December 15.

    OUR CURRENT INCAT PARTNERS:

    • Tohono O’odham Health and Human Services
    • San Carlos Apache Healthcare Corporation
    • Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation
    • Ft. Defiance Indian Health Services-Tsehootsoi Medical Center
    • Phoenix Indian Medical Center
    • Pascua Yaqui Health Department
    • Gila River Health Care
    • Tohono O’odham Community College
    • San Carlos Apache Community College
    • Navajo Technical University
    • St. Michaels Clinic
  • Each applicant will then submit a personal narrative via a designated weblink (URL link to be shared with applicant via email). The personal narrative form will include: nominee name, tribal community partner, and responses to questions about their reasons for wanting to pursue a degree in nursing, commitment to returning to work in a tribal community and understanding and willingness to complete the I.H.S. payback obligation if funded. All personal statements must be received by April 15 or December 15 of each year.
  • Upon receipt of application documents (listed below), the faculty/administrative INCATS team and selection committee will meet to evaluate all application documents and select INCAT scholarship recipients. INCATS Scholarship award determination will be completed by May 25 and Jan 25 of each year. ** Please note, all awards are dependent upon availability of scholarship funds. The INCATS Scholarship program anticipates funding between 6-10 scholars (this includes continuing students) per academic year.
    • Personal Narrative
    • Community Partner Nomination Form
    • Proof of Acceptance into a UA College of Nursing Program (BSN/BSNIH, MEPH, DNP [FNP or PMHNP]).
  • Applicants admitted into a UA CON degree program (BSN/BSNIH, MEPN, DNP [FNP or PMHNP]) who are awarded the INCATS scholarship will be notified by June 15th or February 15th of each academic year. Selection of INCAT scholarship recipients is based on scores and rankings of variables and demographic components of the personal narrative and the partner nomination.
  • Please note, INCAT scholarship awards are based on available funding each academic year.
  • Each INCAT scholarship award recipient will be expected to comply with the following:
    • Payback Obligation Contract with the Indian Health Service to be completed each funding cycle awarded (each academic year).
    • Must maintain a GPA of 3.00 throughout entire funding period.
    • Must comply with I.H.S reporting documents required each semester. Reporting documents are submitted to the INCATS administrative team and the I.H.S web portal.

Note to Applicants: Nomination Deadline is September 1st.

For MORE information or questions about applying contact:

Office of Student Support & Community Engagement
Email: INCATS@nursing.arizona.edu
Phone: 520-626-3808