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Health Professional Clinical Training Expansion Grant Program

Grants to Minnesota Educational
Programs to Train Health Professionals

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Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care (ORHPC)

Deadline Date:

10/23/17 4:00 PM CST


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Grants to Minnesota educational programs to provide health professionals with clinical training. Funding is intended for the creation and maintenance of additional training positions. Qualifying programs include the following specialties: mental health professionals, physician assistants; pharmacists; advanced practice registered nurses, and dental therapists and advanced dental therapists.

Eligible programs:
-Are or will be located in Minnesota
-Train or will train only the health professions listed above
-Are accredited by the appropriate body for the profession or present a credible plan to obtain accreditation

Eligible grant projects must plan and/or implement expanded clinical training in Minnesota for eligible health professions.

Grant funds awarded may only be spent to cover the cost of:

a. Establishing or expanding clinical training for physician assistants, advanced practice registered nurses, pharmacists, dental therapists, advanced dental therapists, and mental health professionals in Minnesota;

b. Recruitment, training, and retention of students and faculty;

c. Connecting students with appropriate clinical training sites, internships, practicums, or externship activities;

d. Travel and lodging for students;

e. Faculty, student, and preceptor salaries, incentives, or other financial support;

f. Development and implementation of cultural competency training;

g. Evaluations;

h. Training site improvements, fees, equipment, and supplies required to establish, maintain, or expand a physician assistant, advanced practice registered nurse, pharmacy, dental therapy, or mental health professional training program; and

i. Supporting clinical education in which trainees are part of a primary care team model.

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GrantWatch ID#: 182314

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum award is $300,000: Up to $150,000 in year 1, up to $100,000 in year 2, and up to $50,000 in year 3.

Eligible educational programs not seeking expansion funds may apply for up to $75,000 to plan program expansion.

Term of Contract:

Grants may be awarded for up to three years.

Eligible educational programs not seeking expansion funds may apply for a one-year grant to plan program expansion.

For selected grantees, the anticipated date of the contract is January 2, 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are programs that fulfill all of the following criteria:

1. Are located in Minnesota; and

2. Provide clinical training for students in the following health professions:
a. Advanced practice registered nurses;
b. Dental therapists and advanced dental therapists;
c. Mental health professionals, as defined under Minnesota Statute 245.462, Subdivision 18;
d. Pharmacists, or;
e. Physician assistants, and

3. Train or propose to train students primarily within Minnesota; and

4. Can demonstrate accreditation and compliance with the following accrediting bodies:
a. For advanced practice nurse programs, current accreditation as a master's, doctoral, or postgraduate level advanced practice registered nurse program by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education or by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, or evidence that the program is a candidate for accreditation;
b. For dental therapy and advanced dental therapy programs, Commission on Dental Accreditation, or approval by the Minnesota Board of Dentistry;
c. For mental health professional programs, current accreditation by the appropriate accrediting body for clinical social work, psychology, marriage and family therapy, or licensed professional clinical counseling, or evidence that the program is a candidate for accreditation;
d. For pharmacy programs, current accreditation as a doctor of pharmacy program by the Accreditation Council on Pharmacy Education;
e. For physician assistant programs, current accreditation as a physician assistant program by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, or is a candidate for accreditation.

Grant funds may not be used to:
1. Supplant existing program funds;
2. Fund activities supported by other state grants, such as Medical Education and Research Costs (MERC) funding.
3. Support administrative costs not directly related to clinical training, or obtaining accreditation.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due October 23, 4:00 PM CST.

Grand distribution will be announced November 13, 2017.

Grant agreements begin (estimated) January 2, 2018.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Darwin Flores Trujillo

Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
PO Box 64882
St. Paul, MN 55164-0882

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USA: Minnesota