Program Description

The purpose of this program is to award grants to accredited institutions that educate registered nurses to become nurse anesthetists; recipient institutions in turn disburse funds to students in the form of traineeship support.

As many Nurse Anesthesia programs transition from Master's to clinical Doctoral-level programs, increased demands on time and financial resources restrict the ability of students to work for the duration of the program. Thus, the goal of the Nurse Anesthetist Traineeship (NAT) Program is to provide traineeship support for licensed registered nurses enrolled as full-time students in accredited master's or doctoral nurse anesthesia programs to work towards increasing the number of nurse anesthetists, especially those serving rural and underserved populations, thereby addressing the distribution of providers to target communities in need.

General Program Requirements

NAT grantees will be expected to use funds for the following activities:

  1. Provide Nurse Anesthetist Traineeships awards to full-time nurse-anesthesia students who are enrolled in in an accredited Nurse Anesthesia Program.
  2. Provide Traineeship awards, not to exceed $22,000 per trainee per year, limited to the payment for the costs of full or partial tuition and fees, books (required textbooks and e-Books), and reasonable living expenses (stipends). Training periods that are less than a year are to be pro-rated for reasonable living expenses (stipends) of the trainee during the period for which the traineeship is provided. Grant funds may not be used for travel, daily commuting costs of trainees, nontrainee expenses, or indirect costs of the educational institution.
  3. Evaluate the program, collect needed program information, and disseminate findings to appropriate audiences.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

For more information about all this and other potential HRSA funding opportunities, please visit the HRSA Open Opportunities page.

Program Contact Information

Karen Breeden
Public Health Analyst
KBreeden@HRSA.gov
301-443-5787

Additional Information

Length of Program1 years
Number of People Served by this Program (Approximate)3,229
Entities Eligible for Grant AssistanceFederally Recognized Tribes and Tribal Organizations, Non-Tribal Entities
Current Method of Tribal EligibilityProgram not specific to American Indians and Alaska Natives, but they are eligible
Do Tribes compete with other entities for funding from the program?Yes
Type of Assistance ProvidedGrant
Recurring Base Funding for TribesNo
Funding TypeDiscretionary
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number93.124
Matching Funds RequiredNo
Can the funding from the program be renewedNo

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