Washington - Western

Faith Johnson
Tel: 360.236.2815

Want to live in a cozy urban neighborhood or a small town surrounded by spectacular natural beauty? Choose from a variety of Western WA historical towns providing an array of outdoor activity for every age and interest.

The majority of Western WA towns offer rural living with easy access to urban areas. A few sites offer you wildlife views from your kitchen window, come and share your life with nature.

Several sites throughout Western WA currently need experienced and new graduates of programs in: Family and Internal Medicine either as Physicians, Physicians Assistants, and Nurse Practitioners.

Featured Sites


If you prefer to work with underserved populations in a more urban setting right outside of Seattle – visit HealthPoint @ http://www.healthpointchc.org/.  HealthPoint is a nonprofit, consumer governed, Community Health Center network serving the needs of the uninsured and medically underserved populations. They have been practicing full spectrum outpatient family medicine in the suburban area of Seattle for over 40 years. They have an excellent on-boarding program with low-patient volume while you get up to speed, not to mention stable top management and very low turnover.

Nestled on Bellingham Bay at the foot of the Cascade Mountains just a short distance from Seattle, Vancouver BC, and the San Juan Islands, Unity Care NW is a private, non-profit, federally qualified health center that has been proudly and successfully serving the greater Bellingham area since 1982. Located in the northwest corner of Washington State, they offer comprehensive primary medical, behavioral health, and dental care, along with pharmacy services at three locations in Whatcom County serving a diverse and mostly underserved population of all ages. Employing over 180 caring and compassionate employees, they assure access to high quality, affordable health care for all. View link to get an introduction to Interfaith.

They believe in the benefits of prevention, early detection and treatment, health education, and the value of helping patients make informed health care decisions.


Hiking, fishing, camping, biking, kayaking and more….got your attention? Explore career options with Forks Community Hospital and Clinics. Serving the small town of Forks Washington with 4,500 in population as well as the surrounding area which includes more than 10,000 residents. They are located on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula with amazing beaches and the Olympic National Forest nearby.  This area is popular with healthcare professionals who enjoy the outdoors.  Forks is one of those small towns where the Friday night football game is the place to be, people drive for miles to attend the "old fashioned  fourth of July” and your neighbors are your best friends. If you are interested in learning more about the Forks area or our career opportunities please visit http://forkswa.com/ 

If you want to make a difference; take a look at Community Health Center of Snohomish County http://www.chcsno.org/. They provide primary medical, dental, pharmacy and other support services to a very diverse community.

The North Olympic Healthcare Network (NOHN)

The North Olympic Healthcare Network (NOHN), a federally-qualified community health center, provides high-quality, full-spectrum Primary Care, Behavioral Health, and Oral Health services to meet the needs of the North Olympic Peninsula.

NOHN provides safe, effective, and patient-centered, continuously measured and improved health care to every patient regardless of age, gender, race, creed, national origin, insurance status or ability to pay.

The facility is located in a beautiful small community nestled between the Olympic National Park and the Ocean. Many recreational activities very close by. There is a small Community College in the area.  They are also involved in medical education through the University Of Washington School Of Medicine.


They have immediate needs for Family Medicine with OB providers. Visit http://nohn-pa.org/

Contact us for additional information about employment opportunities; we can work together to connect you with a great community in Western Washington!

J-1 Visa Waiver Program

The Washington State Department of Health administers the J-1 Physician Visa Waiver program. The goal of the program is to increase the number of physicians available to work in rural and underserved areas of the state. The program is considered a secondary tool in recruitment, used when efforts to recruit a U.S. trained physician have been unsuccessful for an extended period of time.

Washington State will sponsor up to 30 waivers per federal fiscal year (October 1 through September 30).

  • At least 20 of the total waivers are available to primary care physicians.
  • Up to 10 of the total waivers are available to specialists.
  • On April 1 of each year, any waivers remaining unfilled will be available to either primary care or specialist physicians on a first-come, first-served basis.

Eligible employers in Washington must be located in a designated Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) or whole-county Medically Underserved Area (MUA). We may sponsor up to five of the total waivers to physicians who will practice at healthcare facilities located in non-designated areas that meet the criteria in WAC 246-562-075. Washington does not require a minimum HPSA score or a specific facility type. For more information see: Applicant Eligibility Criteria. The J-1 Visa Application form (PDF) will be accepted beginning October 1 of each year.

J1 Contact Information

Amanda Latchaw
Office of Community and Rural Health
PO Box 47853
Olympia, WA 98504-7853
Phone: 360-236-2862
Fax: 360-236-2830
WA State J-1 Program Specifics


Washington Association for Community Health is providing Healthcare Apprenticeship opportunities!!


  • The Medical Assistant Apprenticeship Program is a 12 month program that prepares students to take the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) test through the National Healthcareer Association.  It has been approved by the State of Washington as an equivalent to an MA-C program at a community or technical college. Apprentices are co-enrolled as students of South Seattle College (SSC) and receive 56 credits toward an AA degree. The Association has been working with the Health Career Advancement Program (H-CAP) to register the MA Apprenticeship Program nationally. This National Registration will now allow any state or health center to utilize the program, the Associations curriculum, and apprentices will be able to access the credits associated with the now accredited program. The Association offers usual cohorts every April and October with cohort sizes capped at 40 apprentices.


  • The Dental Assistant Apprenticeship Program is a 12 month program that trains students to work as Registered Dental Assistants in Washington State, with an option to work toward their Certified Dental Assistant credential.  It is equivalent to a Dental Assisting program at a community or technical college. Functionally, apprentices should be turning over rooms, completing waste and waterline management, greeting patients, answering phones and scheduling patients, and beginning x-rays by the end of month 1. Taking x-rays, beginning to assist with exams, and shadowing restorative procedures by the end of month 2. Assisting with full exams, managing all records, transferring instruments, completing fluoride placement and beginning sterilization procedures by the end of month 3. The Association offers usual cohorts every May and November with cohort sizes capped at 20 apprentices. .


  • For more information: http://www.wacmhc.org/inreach 

Faith Johnson
Office of Community and Rural Health
P.O. Box 47853
Olympia, WA 98504-7853
Phone: 360.236.2815
Fax: 360-236-2830


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