Rural Iowa has a critical shortage of health professionals. Des Moines University and the State of Iowa are doing their part to solve the problem by funding health professionals in the state’s rural communities.

Iowa's Health Professional Recruitment Program (HPRP) is an innovative loan repayment program for graduates of Des Moines University’s D.O., D.P.M., D.P.T. and PA programs. Through a combination of state funding and money from communities in need of health care providers, HPRP can reduce your student debt up to $100,000. In exchange for four years of full-time service in an eligible rural community, the Iowa College Student Aid Commission may award up to $50,000 toward your student loans, which then must be matched by the employer, hospital or community.  State funds will pay 25% of the benefit after each year of employment for four years.  After fulfilling the four-year commitment, you are welcome to continue practicing in the community or seek opportunities elsewhere.

Download the HPRP Fact Sheet for more information.


All graduates of Des Moines University’s osteopathic medicine, podiatric medicine, physical therapy and physician assistant programs are eligible to apply.  Applicants must be a health care professional completing a residency or licensed to practice in Iowa.  Recipients must practice in Iowa,  in a medically underserved community that is located in a federally designated Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) or a Governor’s Designated Rural Health Clinic county.  Funding is limited and preference is given to Iowa residents and communities of 10,000 or less.

Upon receipt of your application, your employer/hospital will receive electronic notification and be asked to verify the amount of money committed to your loan repayment.  The state will match up to $50,000 of the funds committed by the employer/hospital.

Selected recipients and their employer/hospital will be contacted by the Iowa College Student Aid Commission to complete the HPRP loan repayment agreement.

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