Mary Johnson
Tel: (850) 558- 9665

Welcome to Florida. You'll love living and practicing in the Sunshine State. There are many opportunities for physicians, nurses, dentists, nurse practitioners and other health care professionals throughout the State. Florida’s climate, tourism industry, and many other amenities make it a very desirable place to live and work. Each region of the State has its own attractions. As you decide where in Florida you want to live you may want to review all of our regions. Good luck in your search.


Key Points

Capital: Tallahassee
Admitted to Statehood: March 3rd, 1845
State Flower: Orange Blossom
Area: 65,758 Square Miles, 1,350 miles coastline
Tree: Cabbage Palmetto
Bird: Mockingbird
Song: Suwanee River

Beach photos courtesy of Tourist Maker

Specialties Sought

Florida is focusing on placing health care professionals in our medically underserved rural areas. We need:

  • Primary Care Physicians,
  • Registered Nurses,
  • Nurse practitioners,
  • Certified nurse midwives,
  • Physician assistants,
  • Dentists,
  • Dental hygienists,
  • Psychiatrists, 
  • and many other health care providers to serve our underserved population and Medicaid patients.


Dental Recruiting

The Florida Department of Health
Health Access Dental License
The Health Access Dental License, permits the practice of dentistry in health access settings, including state agencies, county health departments, federally qualified health centers, and educational institution clinics. This license allows out-of-state dentists who meet certain criteria to practice in health access settings without the supervision of a Florida-licensed dentist. To be eligible, applicants must have been engaged in the active, clinical practice of dentistry providing direct patient care for five years immediately preceding the date of application, or have graduated from an accredited dental school within the preceding five years and submit proof of continuous clinical practice providing direct patient care since graduation.

For an application and more information about the health access dental license, visit the following link:




Mental Health Recruiting

Florida is actively recruiting psychiatrists, so please enter your information into our database. There are openings around the State for many other mental health specialties, but, we are not recruiting them currently.


Registered Nurse Recruiting

The Florida Nursing Student Loan Forgiveness Program enrollment period begins every November. This program was created to attract and encourage qualified LPNs, RNs, AND ARNPs to seek employment in designated/eligible sites or facilities in Florida. The program provides funds to assist in the repayment of the principal only, of nursing educational loans. Nurses enrolled in the program, are required to maintain full-time employment in those sites.

You may apply for the NSLFP anytime after you become employed full-time at a designated/eligible site/facility. Enrollment is based on the receipt date of a completed application before the established deadline, consistent with the priorities, as specified in section 1009.66(7), Florida Statutes.

For more information and a copy of the application, click on the NSLFP link below.

Please see the link below to the Florida Department of Health Foreign Physician  Waiver Programs for information about the State Conrad 30 program and other waiver programs:


J1 Contact Information

Florida Department of Health
Florida State Office Primary Care Services
Div. Public Health Statistics & Performance Mgt.
Florida Department of Health, Bin C15
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1735

There are opportunities for health care professionals all over Florida.  Look at the area where you want to live and see what opportunities are available.

Mary Johnson
Florida Department of Health, Office of Rural Health
4052 Esplanade Way
Bin #C15 (mail)
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1735
Phone: (850) 558- 9665

Additional Contacts

Abbie Parmenter
Tel: 8505589665


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