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Alaska Health Care Professionals Workforce Enhancement Program (SHARP – 3)

Alaska Department of Health
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis

The Health Care Professionals Workforce Enhancement Program (SHARP-3) offers direct incentive payments or loan repayment assistance to a wide range of healthcare professionals in exchange for agreeing to practice for a minimum of 3 years in a state-designated healthcare services shortage area of Alaska.


The following healthcare professionals are eligible to apply.

Alaska Tier 1 healthcare professionals:

  • Physician
  • Dentist
  • Pharmacist
  • Doctor of nursing practice
  • Psychologist

Alaska Tier 2 healthcare professionals:

  • Advanced practice registered nurse
  • Physician assistant
  • Dental hygienist
  • Registered nurse
  • Clinical social worker
  • Physical therapist
  • Board certified behavior analyst
  • Marriage and family therapist
  • Professional counselor
  • Psychiatric Nurse Specialist
  • Certified Nurse Midwife

Alaska Tier 3 healthcare professionals:

  • Other practitioners not designated as either Tier 1 or Tier 2 healthcare professionals

Tier 1 and Tier 2 practitioners require 50% direct patient care. Tier 3 has no direct patient care requirement.

Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Maximum award amounts for both direct incentive payments and loan repayment assistance are as follows:

Tier 1:

  • Up to $35,000

Tier 2:

  • Up to $20,000

Tier 3:

  • Up to $15,000
Application process

Submit the online inquiry form to begin the application process.

Tagged as
Behavioral health · Behavioral health workforce · Dental workforce · Financial aid for health career education · Loans, loan repayment, and loan forgiveness for health careers · Nurse practitioners and other advanced practice registered nurses · Nurses · Oral health · Pharmacy workforce · Physical therapy · Physician assistants · Physicians · Primary care · Recruitment and retention of health professionals · Alaska

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