THE PROGRAM’S GOAL IS TO ASSIST COMMUNITIES IN RECRUITING HEALTH
PROFESSIONALS WILLING TO PRACTICE FULLTIME IN FEDERAL HEALTH
PROFESSIONAL SHORTAGE AREAS (HPSA).
Program funds are used to repay educational loans of physicians, nurse practitioners, physician
assistants, nurse midwives, dentists and psychiatrists who agree to serve full-time in federally
designated health professional shortage areas (HPSA) in Illinois without regard for their ability
Program applicants must be:
• Be licensed in Illinois as a primary care physician (residency trained or board eligible
osteopathic or allopathic physicians trained in family practice, general internal medicine,
general pediatrics, internal medicine pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology; nurse
practitioners, physician assistants, nurse midwives; dentists or psychiatrists), or expect to be
licensed in Illinois and who is willing to practice full-time at public or nonprofit, private
entities providing primary healthcare services in a federally designated HPSA in Illinois;
• Sign a contract with the Illinois Department of Public Health guaranteeing their minimum
commitment of two years of service in a HPSA;
• Be indebted to a governmental or commercial lending institution for educational expenses
incurred in pursuit of the applicant’s degrees or diploma; and
• Be a U.S. citizen.
Every participant is required to engage in the full-time clinical practice of the profession for
which the participant was awarded a loan repayment contract. Full-time clinical practice is
defined as a minimum of 40 hours per week. For physicians, the practice will include ambulatory care, as well as hospital care appropriate to meet the needs of patients and to assure continuity of care.
For all health professionals, except obstetrician/gynecologist physicians and certified nurse
midwives, at least 32 minimum of 40 hours per week must be spent providing clinical services.
These services must be conducted during normally scheduled clinic hours in the ambulatory care setting office(s) specified in the contract. The remaining hours must be spent providing inpatient care to patients of the clinic and/or in practice-related administrative activities.
Illinois Department of Public Health
535 W. Jefferson St.
Springfield, IL 62761