Family Nurse Practitioner Residency Program

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Michael Glorioso

Residency Program Coordinator

HealthLinc is committed to leadership, transformation, and innovation in health care. In 2016, HealthLinc launched its Family Nurse Practitioner Residency Program to provide intensive training on both the clinical complexity of family practice in the safety net setting and on a high-performance, PCMH model of primary care. HealthLinc has partnered with the Community Health Center, Inc. (CHC) in Middletown, Connecticut, to host and operate their Family Nurse Practitioner Residency Program. This residency is designed for new nurse practitioners with a commitment to developing career practices in the challenging setting of the FQHC and/or special populations.

  • Provide new Nurse Practitioners (NPs) with a 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 Nurse Practitioners to a model of primary care consistent with the Institute of Medicine (IOM) principles of health care and the needs of vulnerable populations
  • Improve the clinical skills, confidence, productivity, and job satisfaction of new Nurse Practitioners who choose to work in underserved community settings, as well as contribute to employer satisfaction and workforce retention
  • Increase the number of Nurse Practitioners ready to serve in leadership roles in community health settings
  • Develop the clinical and operational confidence necessary for efficient, effective and productive practice as a member of the health care team in a FQHC

The Family Nurse Practitioner Residency Program consists of 12 months of full-time employment at HealthLinc, with a one-year commitment to employment after completion of the program.


Class Size
Each year, the class size varies depending on the needs of the clinics. This ensures you receive a comprehensive educational experience with close one-on-one instruction.

Full Integration into HealthLinc

  • Involvement in quality improvement and practice redesign
  • Clinical committees and tasks force participation

Core Elements

  • Precepted Continuity Clinics (4 sessions/week) – Develop and manage a panel of new patients
  • Specialty Rotations (2 sessions/week x 1 month) in orthopedics, women’s health/prenatal care, adult/child psychiatry, geriatrics, pediatrics, HIV care, Hepatitis C, newborn nursery, dermatology, health care for the homeless
  • Mentored Clinics (3 sessions/week) – Sessions with a clinician mentor focused on practice of episodic and acute care
  • Didactic Sessions (1 session/week) – Sessions on high volume/risk/burden conditions frequently seen in FQHCs
  • Continuous training on HealthLinc’s model of high-performance health system: access, continuity, planned care, team-based, prevention-focused, use of data and technology
  • Ongoing multi-input evaluation component using qualitative and quantitative measures
  • Training on the quality improvement model, including clinical microsystems and facilitation, as well as leadership development
  • U.S. Citizen
  • Professional diploma (BSN, MSN)
  • Recent graduate (less than 18 months) from an accredited Masters or DNP program
  • Licensed (IN APRN) and credentialed (FNP-C) or license/credential-eligible as FNP
  • Stated commitment to practice as a primary care provider in a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) or other safety net settings upon completion of the residency

HealthLinc is preparing for the 2021 Nurse Practitioner Residency Program.


Application Process

  • Please apply for the NP Residency Program through HealthLinc’s Employment Section of the website.
  • If qualified, you will be emailed the formal electronic application to complete.
  • The deadline to return completed applications is April 1, 2021.
  • Those selected are required to complete the credentialing application and MUST ATTEND HealthLinc’s Recruitment Day TBA.


Application Requirements

  • CV with 5 years work and education history sections in month and year format
  • Copy of driver’s license
  • Professional diploma (BSN, MSN)
  • 3 signed letters of recommendation

If selected for HealthLinc’s Family Nurse Practitioner Training Program cohort, required documents include:

  • Copy of Indiana RN license
  • Copy of Indiana APRN license
  • Copies of license(s) from any other state
  • Indiana controlled substance license
  • Federal DEA certificate
  • ANCC/AANP certification or evidence of eligibility for certification


For more information about the Family Nurse Practitioner Residency Program, please contact

Prior to becoming a nurse practitioner, I worked as a registered nurse for over 4 years in both the adult and pediatric inpatient settings. Becoming a nurse practitioner has been my dream, as I would be able to develop lasting relationships and improve the health of my patients and the community. I decided to join HealthLinc’s Nurse Practitioner Residency Program after completing my graduate program at Georgetown University to transition and connect my didactic knowledge with clinical expertise. HealthLinc’s residency provides support and gives us the confidence and tools to become an adept provider in the primary care setting. The residency also gives us the opportunity to take part in specialty rotations and collaborate with all members of the healthcare team. Through the remarkable training program and evidence-based education, I plan to lead the vision of Healthlinc every day and provide my patients with unparalleled care.

Alex Tokarski

Nurse Practitioner Resident

I was born in Liberia and grew up in Avon, Indiana. I earned my Bachelor’s in Nursing from Purdue University in West Lafayette. However, there is no place like home! Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, I am returning home to embark on a new chapter of my life as a primary care provider. While in Atlanta, I completed my Masters in Nursing in the Family Nurse Practitioner Program at Georgia State University. I have six years of experience as a bedside registered nurse at Emory Healthcare and Grady Memorial Hospital. I have extensive experience with adult health in coronary care, medical-surgical, and medical intensive care. While I enjoy working at the hospital, my mission is to help patients achieve their best health status. Upon graduation, I selected to complete a residency program at HealthLinc because I am passionate about quality and efficient health care for disadvantaged populations. A residency program provides additional post-graduate education, clinical support, specialty training, and mentor-ship that focuses on preparing providers to effectively manage the most challenging patient populations. I hope to utilize the expertise of HealthLinc providers and develop a strong foundation as a primary care provider. I am honored to serve the Valparaiso community and continuing the mission to provide quality healthcare as a right and not a privilege. I cannot wait to meet you!

Rolyn Clarke

Nurse Practitioner Resident

I worked as a registered nurse for five years before starting my career as a family nurse practitioner. After graduate school, I desired to be a part of a residency program to expand the depth of my knowledge in order to better serve and care for patients. HealthLinc’s Nurse Practitioner Residency Program provides unique learning opportunities and experiences to help facilitate the transition from a registered nurse to a primary care provider. The combination of specialty rotations, didactic courses, and built-in preceptors provided through the program, increases my competence and confidence in primary care as an entry-level nurse practitioner. HealthLinc’s encouraging and supportive environment facilitates growth and development as a provider. My ultimate goal as a nurse practitioner resident is to deliver the best care possible for each patient and offer a professional relationship based on compassion and kindness.

Tracy Elder

Nurse Practitioner Resident

After graduating, I decided to expand my professional and clinical skills by joining HealthLinc’s Family Nurse Practitioner Residency Program. Their mission towards improving community health by increasing access to exceptional health care, resonated with me. HealthLinc’s unique residency program offers a comprehensive learning environment and the nurturing environment has significantly eased my transition from school to practice. The program mentorship and specialty rotation has allowed me to learn from seasoned clinical experts through hands-on patient care and formal weekly didactics. This residency fosters a culture of collaboration with other disciplines and their model of care has given me the tools to advance my practice by offering culturally congruent evidence-based care to my vulnerable and medically complex patients. My confidence and competency for caring for patients have tremendously increased since I started this remarkable program. I highly recommend this residency program to anyone passionate about providing the highest quality care to the underserved.

Priscah Odongo

Nurse Practitioner Resident

I worked full time as a nurse while going through a masters degree program in Nursing. Even with the required clinical rotations, I knew I was not ready to be on my own. HealthLinc’s NP Residency Program provided the perfect place for me to feel comfortable and grow in my new profession. HealthLinc has a vision of community service that resonated with me. The dedicated employees at HealthLinc have helped me to grow into a more polished nurse practitioner.

Arnie Baker

Nurse Practitioner Resident

Transitioning from a registered nurse to a provider (nurse practitioner) role has been a formidable change in my career. While completing a residency prior to practicing as a nurse practitioner is not required, I elected to do so because I wanted to be the absolute best practitioner that I can be. I have since not regretted that decision at any given moment. The specific program in which I was chosen to be a part of at HealthLinc has given me additional opportunities to further my education and clinical experience by: rotating with specialists and family medicine practitioners, participating in weekly didactics, medically clearing patients to be in the inpatient psychiatric ward, co-developing a colon cancer awareness project through statistical research, building my own patient panel while under the guidance of preceptors, and participating in community health events. I believe that every person should strive to be their best self and continue to grow; and I am fortunate enough to confidently say that I work in an environment that values and promotes that philosophy. 

Carolyn Horin

Nurse Practitioner Resident

I am thankful each day that I am a part of HealthLinc’s NP Residency Program. I knew I wanted more direct support in my first NP role and this principle guided my decision to apply specifically to NP residency programs post-grad. Some stand-out strengths that attracted me to HealthLinc was that it offered two precepted days with wonderful family NPs, a mentored day with a family physician, a specialty rotation day, a weekly online didactic lecture, and chronic pain/quality improvement seminars. These wonderful supports would simply not have been offered at a routine entry-level NP position.

Another reason HealthLinc stood out to me was their commitment to the community, as well as the partnership they have with other residency programs throughout the nation. We collaborate with other NP residents across the country each week during our didactic sessions, which provides several case presentations, varying perspectives and feedback to apply to our own practice. These components, along with our team of highly qualified preceptors, provide constructive feedback while also maintaining an encouraging workplace to grow and develop our own personalized practice preferences. Finally, the specialty rotations we cycle through allow us to gain additional knowledge which we can directly apply to primary care and increase patients’ access to care. These rotations also help us start building collaborative relationships and develop quality referrals if needed. I can say with confidence that once I complete my residency, I will be a better NP with an incredibly strong foundation to continue to build on with my clinical knowledge, practice, and inter-professional relationships.

Eliza Henley

Nurse Practitioner Resident

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