Rural Health Special Focus Area


The electives in the Rural Health special focus area are designed to expand and develop skills specific to working in rural health clinics. These include working in a resource poor clinical setting, working with underserved patients (e.g. farmworkers, immigrants, and rural factory workers), addressing challenging clinical epidemics (e.g. opiate addiction, diabetes, and hand-foot disease), and more.

This special focus area includes both didactic content and clinical experience to prepare students to work in this setting upon graduation. In order to provide clinical experience, we have partnered with community clinics in Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA). Some partners include: Alexander Valley Healthcare, CommuniCare, Marin Community Clinic, Alliance Health, and Petaluma Health Center. We also have partners in the Central Valley.


Students will receive traineeship scholarship for approximately $10,000 over the three quarters in their second year of study in order to offset costs with the distance-based clinical rotation and support the additional work. The money is based on federal eligibility.


  • Enrollment in a primary care clinical specialty track: AGPCNP, FNP, or PNP
  • Good academic standing, with a 3.0 or higher GPA


  • Enrollment in a primary care clinical specialty track: AGPCNP, FNP, or PNP
  • Good academic standing, with a 3.0 or higher GPA
  • Completion of three courses
  • Completion of a longitudinal clinical rotation in a rural health setting in the second year of study
    • Students will be paired with one of our community clinical partners and will complete all rural clinicals at the site
    • The clinical rotations comprise: two weeks in Summer Session 2, one week in either December or March, and a summative two weeks in June after graduation.

How to Apply

The application for the 2019-2020 Rural Health special focus area is now open. Interested students can apply by completing this form.

Some helpful tips regarding the application:

1) You can save your progress and return to the application another time. If you are unable to finish were you left off, please contact Liz Castillo at [email protected]. You may have to complete a new application.

2) It is recommended to write your answers for the short response in a word document first and paste your responses in the text fields within the application. 

3) Students will receive notice for their standing by March 1st, 2019. We ask for your patience for the faculty and staff to review applications and make their decisions.

Contact Information

Elizabeth Castillo, RN, MS, FNP
[email protected]