Vidant Health Careers academic loan program

Vidant Health has established a Health Careers Academic Loan Program to encourage residents of Eastern North Carolina to complete an approved course of study leading to a degree or certification as a health professional.

Students who accept these loans must agree to enter employment with Vidant Health for a defined period of time after completion of the course of study. Repayment of loans is waived upon completion of the work commitment. If the work commitment is not completed, repayment of the loan is required. Job opportunities are available within all Vidant Health entities (Vidant Medical Center, Vidant Edgecombe Hospital, Vidant Roanoke-Chowan Hospital, Vidant Bertie Hospital, Vidant Chowan Hospital, Vidant Duplin Hospital, Vidant Beaufort Hospital and The Outer Banks Hospital).  


Loan Commitment Table 

Masters Occupational Therapy 

Commitment to Employment 

$1,000 - $2,000 

12 months 

$2,001 - $3,000 

18 months 

$3,001 - $5,000 

24 months 

Application Deadline:  September 15th of each year. Contracts renewable each semester in $1,000 increments if program requirements are met.



Loan Commitment Table 

- Doctorate Physical Therapy
- Nurse Practitioner
- Physician Assistant

Commitment to Employment 


12 months 


18 months 


24 months 

Application Deadline:  Final Semester of Program. Approval pending accepted job offer at least 6 weeks prior to graduation date to allow for contract processing. 


Approved programs:

  • Masters Occupational Therapy
  • Doctorate Physical Therapy
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Physician Assistant


  • Acceptance into one of the approved programs
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75
  • Acceptable criminal background check

Application includes:

  • Application form 
  • National criminal background check (not required for current employees) - web based check accepted.
  • Official transcripts
  • Three letters of reference: academic, employment, personal (reference from immediate family members not accepted). If not employed, provide two academic and one personal reference.
  • Letter of acceptance into approved program

Process for OT September 15th application:

  • Submit completed application by the September 15th deadline.
  • Applications will be screened and applicants notified of award or denial.
  • Upon selection, recipients will sign and return the loan agreement to the Health Careers office. The agreement obligates the recipient to employment at a Vidant Health facility as described in the Loan Commitment Table. Contract processing requires a minimum of four weeks after signed contract is received in the Health Careers office.
  • Applicants will receive $1,000 initially and may receive $1,000 for subsequent semesters up to the allowable amount.
  • Submission of grades and schedule demonstrating progression in the approved program is required for continued funding each semester.
  • All funding (contract renewals) must be PRIOR to the student's graduation date.

Process only for DPT, NP, PA final semester application:

The final semester loan allows students in the approved programs (DPT, NP, PA) to apply for a Vidant Health academic loan in the final semester of school and receive funding prior to their graduation date. All applications must be complete. Additional requirement to quality for a final semester loan is a MANDATORY ACCEPTED job offer. Job offer must be at least six weeks prior to your graduation date to allow for contract processing.

  • Students do not receive funding prior to the beginning of the semester. It can take up to four weeks after the signed contract is returned to the Health Careers office before money is received. 
  • Eligibility for an Academic Loan is at the sole discretion of the Vidant Academic Loan Program Administration. 
  • All applicant approvals are subject to available funds. 
  • Contact the Vidant Health Careers office at 252-847-1773 or