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College of Nursing

East Tennessee State University

The Progressive Resident Experiences for Practitioners to meet Appalachian Rural Healthcare Expectations (PREPARE) grant is a federally funded psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner 12 month residency program.  The focus of the residency is on addiction management in an outpatient rural health setting. Selected applicants will receive additional training and clinical experiences in addiction medicine to better prepare for the complex health needs of East Tennessee’s patient population.

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Program Quick Facts

  • Residents will offered a blended residency consisting of clinical practice and didactic experiences
  • ETSU College of Nursing operates 6 nurse-managed health centers spread across 3 counties in East Tennessee
  • Additional clinical experiences will be provided via collaboration with community partners
  • 12 month residency will start July 1st and end June 30th the following year

Program Details

Application Requirements

Applicants seeking admission to the PMHNP residency program must fulfill all the requirements listed below:

  • Must hold current board certification as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
  • Must hold a current registered nursing and advanced practice nursing license for the State of Tennessee
  • Must be willing and eager to pursue additional training in addiction medicine and rural health care
  • Must be willing to commit to serving out the complete 12 month residency
  • Must be credentialed with commercial insurance companies for the State of Tennessee

All interested applicant should fill out and submit the application below:

Application for admission to the PMHNP residency program

Application Deadlines

Application Deadlines:

  • Application Period:
    November 1st through January 1st

  • Applicants to be selected by:
    January 30th
  • Residency Start Date:
    July 1st
  • Residency End Date:
    June 30th
  • Residents will be offered a 12-month salary that is competitive with other nurse practitioner residency programs 
  • Residents will be offered employer-based health insurance through the State of Tennessee
Program Contact
Natalie Honeycutt


Dr. Patricia Vanhook

Project Director
Associate Dean for Practice and Community Partnerships
423-439-7184 /
Nicks Hall, Room 1-142


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Dr. Ernest Maupin

Health Education Coordinator
Assistant Professor, Graduate Programs
423-439-4504 / 
Nicks Hall, Room 1-127


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Dr. Myra Clark

Program Facilitator
Associate Dean for Graduate Programs
423-439-5626 /
Nicks Hall, Room 2-207


This program is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $3,130,781.00 with 41% financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit

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