Health Professional Recruitment Program

The Health Professional Recruitment Program (HPRP) was established to increase the number of osteopathic doctors, physicians assistants, podiatrists and physical therapists practicing in high-need communities in Iowa. The program provides loan repayment benefits to individuals that practice in specified locations for up to four years. The maximum award for this program is $50,000, which is paid in four increments toward outstanding Federal Stafford Loan and Grad PLUS Loan balances at the end of each 12 month employment period. A recipient who refinances an eligible federal loan to a private education loan after signing a contract may continue to receive loan repayment benefits as long as the recipient contacts Iowa College Aid and provides required documentation. HPRP Fact Sheet (pdf)

Eligibility criteria:

  • Graduate from Des Moines University.
  • Be employed as an osteopathic doctor, physician assistant, podiatrist, or physical therapist in a high-need community in Iowa that agrees to provide a dollar-for-dollar loan repayment match to state funds.  High need communities must be a designated Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) or listed on the Governor’s Designated Health Clinic County list.
  • Complete an application with Des Moines University for funding.
  • Practice in a high-need community for four years.


Award amount:

The maximum annual award is $12,500 for up to four consecutive years. The maximum amount a recipient can receive over the four-year period is $50,000. Award amounts may be reduced if the community matching funds are less than the annual maximum award. All award funds must be applied to outstanding student loan balances.

High-Need Communities:

Governor’s Designated Rural Health Clinic Counties (pdf)

How to apply:

Visit the Des Moines University website and complete an application between January and March.

Des Moines University

Important Dates:

The 2020 application cycle has been extended through April 30, 2020.