Health Profession Education Program of Nevada
also known as the Nevada Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education

Growing Nevada’s Allied Health Workforce for Over a Half Century

The Nevada Office helps fill critical gaps in the statewide health care workforce by offering tuition assistance in exchange for employment commitments and participating in student exchange programs.

About Us

Health Profession Education Program of Nevada, is also known as the Nevada Office of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. It was established in 1959 as a participating member of the multi-state Western Regional Education Compact comprised of 15 western states and the U.S. Pacific Territories and Freely Associated States.

The Nevada Office operates two programs, both of which provide tuition assistance to individuals studying various allied health professions in exchange for employment commitments upon graduation. Employment commitments serve as a tool to increase Nevada’s health profession workforce.

The Nevada Office’s programs serve to accomplish the following:

Our Programs

The Nevada Office operates two programs to increase the supply of Nevada’s health profession workforce.

WICHE Professional Student Exchange Program (PSEP)

In exchange for tuition support, graduate students studying in healthcare fields with Nevada workforce shortages commit to practicing in the state of Nevada for a period of time upon graduation (typically one year of employment for one year of funding).  The Nevada Office currently supports the allied health fields of occupational therapy, physical therapy, pharmacy, and physician assistants through the PSEP.

Nevada’s Health Profession Education Program (HPEP)

Nevada’s Health Profession Education Program (HPEP) provides funding to students in the fields of graduate social work and graduate nursing.  In exchange for tuition assistance, HPEP students commit to employment in medically underserved urban and rural areas of the state upon graduation.
 
 

The Nevada Office contributes to the supply of high-demand health professionals throughout Nevada by attaching employment commitments to its funding requirements, retaining participants in our communities for two to three years upon graduation.  Many participants continue working in our communities after their employment commitment is complete. 

Impacts on Nevada

Nevada WICHE is a springboard for your future in these key areas.

Education

Provides financial assistance, reduced tuition, and/or preferential admission to Nevada students at participating institutions.
 

Workforce

Program participants are guaranteed to work a minimum of 2-4 years to meet workforce shortages, and many participants continue to work in Nevada after they have completed the obligation period.

Health Care

Program participants remain in Nevada after graduation, providing allied health care in the field for which they were funded. Nevadans throughout the state have access to care on a continuous, consistent basis that may otherwise not be available.

Economy

Generates additional employment opportunities and income that contribute to the local tax base, as well as helps Nevada attract and retain businesses and jobs.
 

Success Stories

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Meet the Commission

Nevada WICHE Commissioners

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Limited PSEP funding is available to Nevada residents for the 2021-2022 Academic Year. Learn More