Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant
Job Type


  • Salaried, non-exempt
  • Eligible for Sign-On/Relocation Bonus (subject to payback clause)
  • New hires can expect to be placed on our starting wage scale of $116,00 to $145,00 per year
  • Based on performance, there is room to grow on our full wage scale of $116,000 to $174,000 per year

Work Schedule: M-F, occasional Saturdays; this role may be eligible for additional pay for working full time and/or working Saturdays on a regular basis.

Who We Are

Unity Care NW is a private, non-profit, federally qualified health center that has been proudly and successfully serving the greater Whatcom County area since 1982. With clinics located in Bellingham & Ferndale, we offer comprehensive primary medical, behavioral health and dental care, as well as pharmacy services to a diverse and often underserved patient population of all ages. Employing almost 300 caring and compassionate employees, our mission is to increase the years of healthy life in the people & communities we serve.

What We Value

  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Accountability
  • Collaboration
  • Innovation

We have an inclusive culture and strive to demonstrate our Values in Action in all that we do. We value each individual on our team and aim to onboard a diverse workforce of the very best talent, whose ambitions and values align with ours.

Job Summary

Our medical clinics provide primary & preventive health care to people of all ages. As a medical home, we're committed to a patient-centered care team model that engages patients & their families in their care. We integrate behavioral health services with medical care for a more holistic approach, and we provide case management to help patients access other community resources they need to be healthy. With an onsite pharmacy, providers can work closely with pharmacy staff to make filling prescriptions faster & easier, and dental services are also onsite to fulfill patients' dental needs. As a full-time Primary Care Provider, you would work 36 patient-contact hours per week at our Bellingham, WA, facility providing comprehensive primary care to your diverse panel of patients, many who may be underserved. Opportunities may be available to work in our Communicable Disease Program seeing patients with infectious disease conditions including HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, and sexually-transmitted infections.

What We Offer

  • A friendly and collaborative team environment
  • A competitive compensation package
  • A unique call schedule providing phone consultation to 3rd parties only-–no patient call
  • A robust orientation followed by a gradual ramp-up period
  • Support staff in the areas of nursing, behavioral health, medical records, EMR/IT, case management, referrals, insurance enrollment & an onsite pharmacy

Generous Benefits Including:

  • Medical, dental & vision insurance
  • 401(K) retirement plan with employer match after 1 year
  • Paid Time Off (160 hours first year, 208 hours second year & increasing again Years 5 & 10)
  • 6 paid holidays
  • Other paid leaves including: Bereavement, Jury Duty, Bone Marrow & Organ Transplant & Severe Weather Pay
  • Malpractice insurance with tail coverage through the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA)
  • Life/AD&D insurance
  • Optional insurances including: Supplementary Life/AD&D, Short Term and Long Term Disability, Critical Illness, Accident, Travel & Identity Theft Protection
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Alternative Transportation Incentives
  • Healthy Living reimbursements
  • Medical Hardship payroll loans, Employee Referral Bonuses, Will preparation services & gym discounts
  • Sabbatical Leave accrual
  • Reimbursement of DEA, state license & board certification renewal fees
  • Continuing Education (days & dollars)
  • Eligible providers may apply for loan repayment through the National Health Service Corps, Washington Student Achievement Council &/or Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program
  • Employment that counts towards eligibility for Public Service Loan Forgiveness – details can be viewed at Federal Student Aid
  • Graduation from a Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant program eligible for Washington State licensure
  • Be in good standing with the board of licensing in the state(s) where licensed
  • Certified in Family Practice through the AANP or ANCC for NPs or certified by the NCCPA for PAs

Preferred Qualifications

  • Family Practice experience in an outpatient setting
  • Experience in a community health center setting or similar role providing care to underserved populations
  • Experience working as an independent practitioner with patients who have complex co-morbidities including hypertension, diabetes, mental illness, chronic pain, and substance use disorder
  • Experience with children and women's health
  • Experience working with individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds and socio-economic levels, treating them with sensitivity and respect
  • Experience treating patients with infectious disease conditions including HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, and sexually-transmitted infections
  • Proficient with Electronic Medical Records
Candidates who meet the requirements who have applicable experience or similar qualifications are encouraged to apply!

About Bellingham

Live in a community consistently rated as one of the most desirable in the USA! Nestled on Bellingham Bay at the foot of the Cascade Mountains just a short distance from Seattle, Vancouver BC, and the San Juan Islands, Bellingham is home to over 90,000 people and surrounded by several charming small towns. Enjoy all the area has to offer:

  • Recreational & Outdoor Activities (Hiking, Biking, Skiing, Snow Boarding, Fishing, Sailing, Kayaking, & Camping)
  • Excellent Schools (University, Community College, Technical School, & Outstanding K-12 Educational System)
  • Small Town or City Living (Unique Shops, Local Festivals, Farmers Markets, Berry Picking, & Community Events)
  • Cultural Activities (Theater, Music, Independent Films, Museums, Art Studios, & Diverse Local Restaurants)

To Apply

If you are passionate about helping everyone have the opportunity to live their healthiest life, please visit our Careers Page to apply at Bellingham Job Openings | Community Healthcare Jobs ( or contact Vicki Curtis, Provider Recruiter, at or 360-788-2661. For news on our organization & future job postings, please follow us on LinkedIn at!

Unity Care NW has an Employee Health Program for the safety of our patients and staff. The program requires all employees to receive annual flu immunizations. UCNW also requires vaccination against COVID-19 as a vital public health measure that has truly been life-saving. We are proud of the leadership role we have played in protecting our community from this devastating virus. Following CDC and state guidelines, we have granted a very limited number of exemptions for employees who qualify.