Advanced Practice Healthcare Scholarship Program (APHSP)


Welcome to the Department of Health Care Access and Information (HCAI), formerly the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD). All the information that was available under OSHPD is here as HCAI.

Application Cycle: CLOSED

The next APHSP application cycle opens on January 3, 2022, at 3:00 p.m. and closes on February 22, 2022, at 3:00 p.m.

The Advanced Practice Healthcare Scholarship Program (APHSP) increases the number of appropriately trained healthcare professionals providing direct patient care in a qualified facility in California.


Find out if you are eligible for HCAI funding.


Find out if a worksite is located in a Qualifying Shortage Area.


Create an account to stay notified of program updates or subscribe to program announcements.

Provider Eligibility Requirements

  • Be enrolled in a minimum of six units, or its equivalent until program completion
  • Maintain a GPA of 2.0 or greater until program completion
  • Graduate after June 30, 2022
  • Not have any other existing service obligations with other entities, including other HCAI programs
  • Not be in breach of any other health professional service obligation
  • Commit to provding a twelve-month service obligation in a medically underserved area upon graduating
  • Provide 32 hours or more per week of direct patient care upon graduating


APHSP participants must be currently accpeted or enrolled in an approved program for one of the following disciplines:

  • Certified Nurse Midwives
  • Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • Dentist
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Pharmacists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Physician Assistants
  • Speech Therapists

Practice Site Eligibility Requirements

Upon graduating, providers must work in one of the following eligible geographic or site designations:

Geographic designations

  • Health Professional Shortage Area-Dental (HPSA-D)
  • Health Professional Shortage Area-Primary Care (HPSA-PC)
  • Primary Care Shortage Area (PCSA)

Find out if your practice site is located in a Qualifying Geographic Designation.

Site Designations

  • County Facility
  • Correctional Facility
  • Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) (see HCAI’s FQHC List)
  • Native Indian Health Center
  • State Facility
  • Veteran’s Facility

Cost of Attendance

The cost of attendance (COA) is the total amount it will cost for a student to go to college for one year, not for the whole program .  The COA includes the following expenses:

  • Tuition and fees
  • On-campus room and board (or a housing and food allowance for off-campus students)
  • Allowances for books, supplies, transportation, loan fees, and, if applicable, dependent care

Award Amounts

The maximum award amount for the Advanced Practice Healthcare Scholarship Program is $25,000.  HCAI may award full, partial, or no funding to an applicant based on the applicant’s success in meeting the selection criteria, and the amount of available funds.  Applicants will not be awarded more than their total cost of attendance for one year.

Applicants may be awarded up to three times.

Additional Resources

Contact Us

Email:  APHSP Support

Phone:  (916) 326-3640