Appalachian Nursing Academy

Preparing for the healthcare jobs of today and tomorrow

There is a demand for nurses now and in the years to come. It’s a national challenge, but we are tackling it with a home-grown solution.

That’s why we’ve partnered with the Kentucky Department for Public Health’s Office of Health Equity to host the second-ever Appalachian Nursing Academy (ANA). The academy will be held from July 9-21 at the University of Pikeville.

Our FREE two-week academy offers:
  • Housing at the University of Pikeville
  • Three meals a day
  • Interactive programming with workshops, presentations, shadowing, mentorship, tours, etc.
  • $1,500 scholarship to further your education at the college or university of your choice
  • Trips to see and experience regional attractions and activities
Want to apply? Here are the criteria:
  • You reside in one of Kentucky’s 54 Appalachian counties
  • You are a rising junior or senior at your high school
  • You do not have to have any prior experience related to nursing to apply. Your interest is all that matters.

Deadline: April 15, 2023

How to apply

Important dates:

  • Applications will close on Saturday, April 15, 2023, at 11:59 PM EST.
  • Initial offers of acceptance will go out at the beginning of May.
  • If you are accepted into the ANA, you MUST be present for the entire program.
  • Those selected will be required to participate in a year-long mentorship program following the Academy.




Interested in applying for the ANA? Below are some important details and dates that you’ll need to be aware of!

To apply, you must:

  • Reside in one of Kentucky’s 54 Appalachian counties
  • Be a rising junior or senior for the 2023-2024 school year
  • Have an interest in pursuing a career in nursing or healthcare

Ready to apply? Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A signed parent/guardian notice and permission form.
  • A completed application.
  • A copy of your unofficial transcripts
  • One letter of recommendation. You’ll provide their contact information in your application. We will contact those listed for a confidential recommendation.

2022 ANA Numbers


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