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Family Nurse Practitioner Residency Program

Thank you for considering Harbor Health to further your Family Nurse Practitioner education!

Please note: The 2022-2023 application period is closed.

Harbor Health is collaborating with the Graduate School of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts and Family Health Center of Worcester, Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center in Worcester, High Street Health Center in Worcester, and Codman Square Health Center in Dorchester.

The application to the program is a combined form to apply to all programs with the ability to select your location preferences.

Please check back for information about the next application period.

What Is The Harbor Health Family Nurse Practitioner Residency Training Program?

The Harbor Health Family Nurse Practitioner Residency Training Program is a 12-month program providing intensive training in the clinical complexity of family practice in the safety net setting and high performance, Patient Centered Medical Home model for primary care.

The program is specifically intended for new family nurse practitioners (FNP) who are committed to developing careers as PCPs in the challenging setting of community health centers and other safety net settings.

The residency is a full-time, 12-month salaried position with a one-year employment commitment after completion of the program.

The program structure includes:

  • Precepted primary care sessions
  • Specialty rotations
  • Mentored independent clinics
  • Didactic sessions and quality improvement

Learn more about how to apply

What Training Will You Receive In the Program?

Residents receive hands-on training in Harbor Health’s model of high-performance health care:

  • Advanced access scheduling
  • Planned care
  • The chronic care model
  • Integrated behavioral health/primary care
  • Team based
  • Expert use of health information technology and the electronic health record

The FNP Residency Program runs from early September to the end of August of the following year.

The residency program has five key components.

  1. Precepted “Continuity Clinics” (4 sessions/week) – These clinics are the cornerstone of the residency. In precepted clinics, the FNP residents develop their own patient panel while having an expert Harbor Health primary care provider (nurse practitioner or physician) exclusively assigned to them.
  2. Specialty Rotations (2 sessions/week x 1/month) – Specialty rotations in areas of high-volume/high-burden/high-risk situations most commonly encountered in the setting of the Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). Rotations may include, but not limited to: Orthopedics, Dermatology, Women’s Health, Pediatrics, Geriatrics, HIV and Hepatitis care, and Substance Use Disorders and Adult Behavioral Health. **Preferences for specialty rotations may be limited due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  3. Mentored Clinics (2 sessions/week) – During mentored clinics, the FNP residents work as a member of a team, and see patients at the delegation of the primary care providers, who remain available for consultations. The focus is on the practice of episodic and acute care visits.
  4. Didactic Education Sessions (1 session/week) – Formal learning sessions on a variety of complex clinical challenges most commonly encountered in FQHCs. The content of the presentations is planned to correspond to the residents’ current clinical experiences.
  5. Quality Improvement Training (1 session/week) – Training on Harbor Health’s quality improvement model, including clinical micro-systems and facilitation as well as leadership development.


The Harbor Health FNP Residency Training Program provides an ongoing multi-input evaluation component using qualitative and quantitative measures.

Program goals

The Harbor Health FNP Residency has the following goals:

  • Increase access to quality primary care for underserved and special populations by training FNPs in a FQHC-based residency program that prepares residents for full and autonomous expert care of complex underserved populations across all life cycles and in multiple settings.
  • Provide new FNPs with the depth, breadth, volume, and intensity of clinical training necessary to serve as primary care providers in the complex setting of the country’s FQHCs.
  • Train new FNPs to a model of primary care consistent with the Institute of Medicine principles of health care and the needs of vulnerable populations.
  • Improve the clinical skills, confidence, productivity, and job satisfaction of new FNPs who choose to work in underserved community settings, as well as contribute to employer satisfaction and workforce retention.
  • Increase the number of FNPs ready to serve in leadership roles in community health settings.

How Do You Apply?

Please note the 2022-2023 application period is now closed.

Once screened, applicants may be invited for interviews which will be conducted via video platform.  Once accepted into the residency program and a residency employment site is determined, applicants will complete the employee application and meet all employment requirements of their residency employer.

The following items are required to complete the application process for the Harbor Health FNP Residency Program:

  • Combined Residency Application
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement and responses to essay questions


If you have any questions about the program or application, please send them to: