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Nurse Anesthetist Traineeship (NAT) Program

Announcement Number:

Bureau of Health Workforce

Date(s) to Apply:
12/21/2017 to 03/14/2018

Estimated Award Date:

What is the program?

The purpose of this program is to support eligible entities to meet the cost of traineeships for individuals in Nurse Anesthesia degree programs.  Nurse Anesthetists are on the front lines of the opioid epidemic, especially in rural areas, where they are often the sole provider of anesthesia services.  As part of their training, these individuals learn about multi-modal pain management and opioid addition and treatment, which are a key part of helping communities address the opioid crisis.    

Grants are awarded to accredited institutions that educate registered nurses to become nurse anesthetists; recipient institutions, in turn, disburse funds to students in the form of traineeship support. The funds for the NAT Program are distributed among all eligible applicant institutions based on a formula.

This funding opportunity will help address U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) clinical priority of addressing opioid abuse by providing funds to support Student Registered Nurse Anesthetists (SRNAs) training or continuing education related to pain management, opioid abuse prevention and treatment. SRNAs may use traineeship funds during the period for which the traineeship is provided for full or partial costs of the tuition and fees, books/e-books, reasonable living expenses (stipends) and to attend workshops or conferences on topics including, but not limited to, reduced opioid abuse, multi-modal pain management, and recovery.

Are you eligible?

Eligible applicants are schools of nursing, nursing centers, academic health centers, State or local governments, and other public or private nonprofit entities determined appropriate by the Secretary. 

Foreign entities are not eligible for this HRSA award. 

Individuals are not eligible to apply to the NAT Program funding opportunity.

Any school(s) of nursing affiliated with this application must be accredited to provide graduate nurse anesthesia education at the time of application – and for the duration of the award – by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs.  Applicants must submit official documentation of accreditation in Attachment 1 for all affiliated nursing programs.  Applicants who fail to submit accreditation documentation will be considered nonresponsive and deemed ineligible under this funding announcement.

In addition to the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau may apply. Tribes and Tribal organizations may apply for these funds, if otherwise eligible.


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