FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Choosing where to do your residency is a big decision, and our goal at PCHC is to make the selection process as simple as possible. We want to help you find out if becoming an outstanding, expert provider through PCHC’s robust residency program is right for you.

If you have any questions not answered below, please reach out to our Program Coordinator, Katie Stevens, at (207) 992-9200 ext: 1778 or katie.stevens@pchc.com.


  • Why choose PCHC?
  • What are the benefits of participating in an NP Residency Program instead of immediately joining the workforce?
  • When does the program start?
  • Does the program provide salary and benefits?
  • Am I eligible for loan repayment during the residency?
  • Is there a post-residency employment commitment?
  • Do I need my professional licenses when I apply to the program?
  • Do I need to have a car to participate in the program?
  • What is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC)?
  • Will I manage my own panel of patients?
  • How many residents will be selected each year?
Why choose PCHC?

PCHC, one of Maine’s leading Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC), is comprised of sixteen practices and program service sites in Greater Bangor, Brewer, Old Town, Belfast, and Jackman. We offer a wide range of services including family medicine, dental, pediatrics, geriatrics, mental health and substance abuse, specialty services, pharmacy, and both shelter and health care for the homeless. Our integrated medical home model supports our mission and vision in which everyone has access to quality, cost-effective health care. Our services support and empower people to advocate for their personal goals and needs and connect with community-based resources. Our success is measured when the health of our community encompasses physical and emotional wellness, personal dignity, and a sense of belonging. We are committed to supporting outstanding, expert care delivery by encouraging the growth of new providers.

What are the benefits of participating in an NP Residency Program instead of immediately joining the workforce?

As a resident, you’ll receive invaluable training during your transition from education to clinical practice in a community-based Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) setting, instilling outstanding skills for complex community health practice and commitment to primary care for rural and underserved areas.

When does the program start?

Our next program year begins June 29th, 2020, and the application process began October 1, 2019.

Does the program provide salary and benefits?

Yes, PCHC provides a competitive salary for residents followed by post-residency employment entering in as a second-year family nurse practitioner.

We also offer:

  • $73,000/Year Salary
  • Full Medical and Dental
  • 2 Weeks of Paid Time Off
  • CME Opportunities
  • 403(b) Participation
  • FTCA, Malpractice Coverage
Am I eligible for loan repayment during the residency?

No, but you will be eligible in your second year if you decide to sign on to stay with PCHC.

Is there a post-residency employment commitment?

Yes, after completing the PCHC Nurse Practitioner Residency Program, we prefer a second-year commitment.

Do I need my professional licenses when I apply to the program?

You do not need to have your professional licenses at the time of application but must have taken your boards by June 15th and submitted proof that you have passed.

Do I need to have a car to participate in the program?

Yes, you need your own transportation in order to be able to travel back and forth between rotations within PCHC’s internal and external locations.

PCHC has sixteen locations throughout Central and Eastern Maine.

What is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC)?

A Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), more commonly known as a Community Health Center (CHC), is a primary care center that is community-based and patient-directed. By mission and design, CHCs exist to serve those who have limited access to health care, although all are welcome. Unlike most private practices, CHCs welcome low-income individuals, the uninsured, and the underinsured. Their cost of care ranks among the lowest, and they reduce the need for more expensive hospital-based and specialty care, saving billions of dollars for taxpayers. CHCs provide preventive services to vulnerable populations that would otherwise not have access to health care services. Visit here for more information.

Will I manage my own panel of patients?

Yes, you will manage a patient panel of approximately 350 by the end of your residency year and will see this panel of patients three days/week at your assigned PCHC location.

How many residents will be selected each year?

We will select four residents each year and they will be assigned to one of our four largest practices in the organization.

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PCHC's twelve-month residency is specifically focused on increasing the clinical knowledge, skills, and experience of new family nurse practitioners, providing them with a positive transitional experience from school to practice, and an opportunity to fine-tune skills under the guidance of an experienced mentor.

Accreditation



This health center is a Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b, and a deemed Public Health Service employer under 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n). PCHC is a FTCA Deemed Facility.