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South Dakota Recruitment Assistance Program

South Dakota Office of Rural Health
Jun 30, 2025

DeAnn Sprenger


South Dakota Recruitment Assistance Program provides qualifying physicians, dentists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurse anesthetists, and nurse midwives an incentive payment in return for 3 continuous years of practice in an eligible rural community in South Dakota.


Eligible professions include:

  • Physicians
  • Dentists
  • Physician assistants
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Nurse midwives
  • Registered nurse anesthetists

Specific eligibility information for each profession is available on the program website.

Eligible communities must:

  • Have a population of 10,000 or less
  • Not be located within a 20-mile radius of a city with a population of 50,000 or more
  • Have an unmet provider need greater than 0.25 full-time equivalent (FTE) hours
  • Be assessed by the Department of Health to evaluate the community's need for eligible providers and its ability to sustain and support additional providers and be found eligible for participation
  • Agree to pay a pro-rated portion of the total amount of the incentive payment
Geographic coverage
South Dakota
Amount of funding

Current incentive payment amounts are as follows:

  • $256,204 for qualifying physicians and dentists
  • $70,751.20 for qualifying physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, and nurse anesthetists
Application process

Interested applicants should contact DeAnn Sprenger to discuss applying.

Tagged as
Dental workforce · Financial aid for health career education · Nurse practitioners and other advanced practice registered nurses · Oral health · Physician assistants · Physicians · Recruitment and retention of health professionals · South Dakota

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