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
  • Native Health

Eligibility

  • American Indian/Alaska Native
  • Enrolled at the University of Arizona as a pre-nursing or nursing student (BSN, MEPN, DNP)
  • Must be nominated by a community partner (tribal clinic, tribal college or tribal organizations)
  • 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 certication 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.

  1. Applicant will request a nomination from the designated administrator at one of the INCATS clinical partners OR tribal community college partners. The letter of nomination will be on official letterhead and include the tribal clinical/community partner name, nominee name and contact information, a statement describing the nominee’s relationship with the agency, and the rationale for the nomination. Nomination deadline each year is September 1.
    • 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
    • Native Health
  2. The partner institution will nominate qualified employees and submit a letter of nomination to the INCATS college of nursing email box.
  3. INCATS staff will retrieve the letters of nomination, create the student folder in the INCATS box Box\CON-INCATS grant\Applicants where all associated applicant information will be housed.
  4. Upon receipt of the letter of nomination, INCATS staff will contact the applicant with information how to schedule an appointment with the appropriate admissions counselor.
  5. The admissions counselor will meet with the applicant, review transcripts and documents from all previous education, and determine appropriate program(s) for admission. 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. All admissions counseling must be completed by October 1 each year.
  6. INCATS staff will store all documents in the applicant’s folder in INCATS box.
  7. The INCATS staff member will then notify the applicant that their document review has taken place and request that they submit a personal statement via Jot Form. The URL will be sent in this email to the applicant. All personal statements must be received by November 1 each year.
  8. Upon receipt of that statement, INCATS staff will upload the PDF personal statement document to the applicant folder in INCATS box.
  9. The faculty/administrative INCATS team will meet to determine eligibility for application to the university and document their recommendation. Eligibility determination will be completed by November 15 each year.
  10. All applicants deemed eligible to apply to the University of Arizona and College of Nursing (as appropriate) will be contacted by the INCATS staff and directed to the appropriate application URLs. Notification will be sent via email with 2 reminders. Applications must be completed by the pre-determined program deadlines published in the CON and UA websites (December-February each year).
  11. Applicants with completed documents will be submitted to the Scholarship Committee for review and priority rankings. Scholarship review and ranking will be completed by January 25 each year.
  12. Applicants who are admitted into a UA CON degree program will be awarded the INCATS scholarship based on rankings, available funding, and current student population demographics (tribal affiliation).

Note to Applicants: Nomination Deadline is September 1st.

For MORE information or questions about applying contact:

Office of Student Support & Community Engagement

INCATS@nursing.arizona.edu
Phone: 520-626-3808