April 20, 2024

Our post-graduate Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Residency (PC-NPR) prepares candidates to become passionate, highly competent and autonomous primary care providers through an interprofessional clinical experience to increase access to quality primary care for Veterans.

The PC-NPR at Minneapolis VA is designed to provide a wide variety of clinical experiences focused on evidence based and whole person, Veteran-centric health care.

About the program


  • Apply by June 1, 2023
  • Interviews take place in June 2023
  • Program starts in late August to mid-September 2023


  • Competitive stipend
  • Optional enrollment in federal health insurance
  • Paid leave for 13 vacation days, 13 sick days and 11 federal holidays


  • Elective rotations
  • Assigned mentor
  • Opportunities for conference attendance
  • Opportunity for professional presentations, research/QI project leadership
  • Access to our digital library with subscriptions to UpToDate, AAFP and more
  • Access to a nurse scientist for support with research, publishing and professional presentations
  • No weekend, holiday or on-call hours
  • Medical center is a stop on the Minneapolis light rail system
  • Hiring preference for open positions at any VA nationally

How to apply


Candidates for the Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Residency must be a graduate of a master’s or doctoral level nurse practitioner program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) within the past 12 months.

Additionally, they must meet the following criteria:

  • Serving in their first nurse practitioner role
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • U.S. citizen
  • Proficient in written and spoken English
  • Hold current board certification in the same specialty area as the program’s focus:
    • The primary care NP residents must hold either an Adult-Gerontological Nurse Practitioner or Family Nurse Practitioner board certification
    • The mental health NP residents must hold a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner board certification
  • Current, full, active and unrestricted registration as a nurse practitioner in a state, commonwealth or territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia, prior to the start of the PC-NPR program
  • Active BLS certification

Candidates must pass:

  • A background security investigation (required by the Minneapolis VA Health Care System)
  • A pre-trainee physical examination
  • Any randomly assigned drug testing

Application process

Please submit the following materials by June 1, 2023:

Submit application materials to: Kimberly.Heckmann@va.gov

For more information about the Minneapolis VA Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Residency, email:

Kim Heckmann, MSN, CNP, SCRN, PHN
Nurse Practitioner Residency Director

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