HealthLinc’s Family Nurse Practitioner Residency program will help me transition from being an RN to a provider and allow me to merge my previous experience with my new responsibilities. I am excited to have mentoring, precepting and didactic learning experiences, as well as be a part of quality improvement that will better the health of my patients. The multifaceted learning method will enable me to learn to independently care for the patients I am privileged to serve with greater confidence. Working at a federally qualified health center where I can provide preventative and primary care and have a network of other disciplines to collaborate with allows me to provide holistic, patientcentered care.  

Valerie Fase
Family Nurse Practitioner Resident

As a nurse in the Michiana community, I have seen the profound impact education and access to care can have on a patient’s health literacy and trust in a healthcare provider. For 15 years, I have been part of the patient’s healing process after a major health event, and now, as a family nurse practitioner, my goal is to teach prevention. I chose the residency program because HealthLinc offers equitable access to care and employs the most knowledgeable, compassionate providers I have encountered in my education. I am excited because this program offers new providers a way to safely gain experience and independence while exploring different locations and launches providers into the next stage of their career. 

Erica Garver
Family Nurse Practitioner Resident

HealthLinc’s commitment to servicing the community is what makes it unique. For over 13 years working as a registered nurse, I have seen firsthand the mistreatment of patients because of their lower socioeconomic backgrounds and insurance status, as well as the effects that it has on their overall wellbeing. It has caused them to lose faith in the healthcare system and not seek care when needed because they have been turned away so many times. I want to help these patients change their outlook and feelings about health care. I want to be a primary care provider whose patients trust and keep coming back to see for all their health needs. HealthLinc’s Family Nurse Practitioner Residency program will allow me the time to grow into my new role and become a confident, efficient and effective provider. Through their mentorship program and collaborative approach to health care, I know I will accomplish this goal. 

Irene Lopez
Family Nurse Practitioner Resident

I have been a nurse for seven years with a diverse background in medical, surgical, pediatric, hospice, oncology, cardiac and emergency care practice, and have witnessed a need for effective patient education and preventative care. As a family nurse practitioner, I will have the opportunity to make my community healthier by educating and providing adequate preventative care. HealthLinc’s Family Nurse Practitioner Residency program is an excellent opportunity to grow professionally as a new primary care provider. The preceptor mentorships, specialty rotations, didactic studies and quality improvement projects will provide me with a solid family practice foundation to become a competent provider and provide exceptional care. 

Jenny Lopez-Alvarez
Family Nurse Practitioner Resident

FNP Seal

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 family nurse practitioners with a commitment to developing career practices in the challenging setting of the FQHC and/or special populations.

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  • Embrace Innovation to grow and expand the Family Nurse Practitioner residency program as it seeks to be a model for Family Nurse Practitioner primary care practice in the FQHC setting.
  • Utilize Collaboration among preceptors, mentors and specialty providers to align practice requirements within each community to ensure the needs of patients are fulfilled.
  • Increase Access to quality care by eliminating barriers through expanded training of family nurse practitioners during the residency program.
  • Demonstrate Respect in all circumstances by consistently treating all persons with compassion and integrity.
  • Achieve Excellence by providing best-in-class, patient care services in all aspects of the Family Nurse Practitioner residency program.
  • Humbly provide Servant Care to all communities through advocacy activities, including developing quality improvement projects and engaging in leadership practices that impact care for all patients.

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) – Rotations include orthopedics, women’s health/prenatal care, adult/child psychiatry, geriatrics, pediatrics, HIV care, hepatitis C care, newborn nursery, dermatology and healthcare 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
  • COVID-19 vaccination or a medical or religious exemption

Application Process

  • Please apply for the Family Nurse Practitioner Residency Program here or through HealthLinc’s employment page on the website.
    • Apply for a position at HealthLinc Michigan City here
    • Apply for a position at HealthLinc Mishawaka here.
  • If qualified, you will be emailed the formal electronic application to complete.
  • The deadline to return completed applications is April 15, 2024.

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
  • COVID-19 vaccination or a medical or religious exemption

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 the residency program coordinator at or

Michael Glorioso

Michael Glorioso

Residency Program Coordinator

Lisa Budka

Lisa Budka

Family Nurse Practitioner Residency Program Director

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