Recruitment Assistance

Purpose of the Recruitment Assistance program: Expand recruitment assistance programs for physicians, dentsits, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and nurse midwives in order to have more professionals locating in rural areas.


  1. Increase the capacity of the recruitment assistance program and expand eligibility.
  2. Increase the capacity for physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and nurse midwives to participate in recruitment assistance program.
  3. Increase the number of communities utilizing the physician assistant, nurse practitioner, and nurse midwive recruitment assistance program.


Our recruitment assistance program for physicians, dentists and mid-level providers has been working. Thirty-one contracts have been signed, and today, 22 of those medical professionals are still practicing in their rural communities. Philip, Belle Fourche, Hot Springs, Howard, Scotland, Flandreau, Mobridge, Gettysburg, Wagner, and 21 other communities are participating in this program, and it is making health care in rural South Dakota better. As a result, South Dakota WINS will expand the recruitment assistance program.

  • Increase to 15 the number of physicians who can participate in the state's tuition reimbursement program.
  • Expand program eligibility from the current family practice to also include internal medicine, pediatrics and OB/GYN physicians.
  • Increase to 15 the number of mid-levels who can participate in the state's tuition reimbursement program.
  • Make more communities eligible for the mid-level tuition reimbursement program.

To view information about the existing programs, check this link:

Recruitment Assistance Program