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Professional Development Program
Rockefeller College
University at Albany

4 Tower Place
Albany, NY 12203
PHONE (518) 442-6671




PDP’s Health Workforce Retraining Initiative

The Professional Development Program’s Health Workforce Retraining Initiative (HWRI) was renewed under a 7th two-year grant from the New York State Department of Health (DOH), in consultation with the Department of Labor. Through this project PDP works with three partner agencies: Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD), Office of Mental Health (OMH), and Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) to offer the Workers Trained as RN and RNs Trained as BSN/MSN programs to workers at facilities in partner agencies in all eight of DOH’s regions across NYS.

In collaboration with partner agencies PDP awards a limited number of grants in each year of the two-year grant cycle, based on availability of allocations, to interested agency employees who meet the eligibility criteria. The Workers Trained as RN program is designed for workers interested in pursuing registered nurse licensure by enrolling in and completing college, credit-bearing coursework to satisfy accredited nursing programs at the Associates level. The RNs Trained as BSN/MSN program is designed for registered nurses who are interested in furthering their education by pursuing a Bachelor or Master of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN/MSN).

Interested employees at partner agencies who meet the eligibility criteria may apply for a grant allocation. Partner agencies will help interested employees determine if they meet the eligibility requirements and complete the application process.

Allocations are available in each year of the two-year grant cycle. Year one covers program activity from January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017 and year two covers program activity from January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018.

Program guides and forms (PDF):

If you are interesting in learning more about the program, contact the HWRI Program at:
Phone: (518) 442-6605 OR (518) 442-6671