Nurse Practitioner Resources

Nurse practitioners (NPs) are essential to the delivery of health care in Virginia, particularly within Virginia’s health safety net. Virginia’s free clinics and community health centers rely on the continuity of care and compassion provided by nurse practitioners serving the uninsured and medically underserved.


VHCF has an exciting scholarship program for experienced nurse practitioners with a master’s of science in nursing who are interested in earning a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Psych NP) Certificate. Interested in becoming a Psych NP? Hear more from practitioners in the field! Find out more about VHCF’s Psych NP scholarship program today or email


VHCF is committed to supporting NPs by providing grant funding to help free clinics pay for full- or part-time nurse practitioners. Eight-one (81%) of Virginia free clinics employ NPs. All but 18 NPs were underwritten by VHCF grants.

In addition, VHCF has prepared a detailed guide (Free Clinic/Mid-Level Provider Initiative) to help Free Clinics interested in adding a paid nurse practitioner to their staffs.

Professional Development: 

VHCF makes $650 (per agency) available annually to Virginia’s health safety net organizations for professional development. Before registering for classes or seminars, organization staff should read the Professional Development Assistance Program Guidelines. Organizations do not have to be current VHCF grantees to be eligible. Please contact a VHCF program officer with any questions.

If the course falls within the program guidelines, and upon pre-approval from a program officer, reimbursement will be issued within 30 days of receipt of the VHCF Professional Development Assistance Program Reimbursement/Report Form.

Last Updated on March 13, 2024