The Advanced Clinical Practitioner fellowship at Atrium Health  provides exposure to an array of complex disease processes and patient populations in acute, primary and urgent care settings.  With focus on developed competence and confidence, this transition-to-practice program prepares the advanced clinical practitioner (ACP) to deliver superior patient care while in a protected learning environment.

The one year, post-graduate fellowship programs are appropriate for new nurse practitioners (NP) and physician assistant (PA) graduates, as well as advanced clinical practitioners wishing to change disciplines or career paths . The programs have semi-annual start dates in April and October.

Goals of the Fellowship:

  • Allows both NPs and PAs to demonstrate improved clinical outcomes while obtaining the clinical knowledge and expertise needed to practice at the top of license.
  • Serves as an immersion in specific specialty competencies to prepare these ACP for critical thinking above the level received in their formal education.
  • Serves to expand the ACP's knowledge of evidenced-based practice, basic research techniques, guideline development and quality improvement initiatives.

Overall, the fellowship prepares the ACP to be a well-rounded provider, leader and resource within the healthcare team. In addition to scheduled simulation labs, case presentations and team learning discussions, fellows experience real-time patient care as licensed ACPs in various patient care units with a gradual ease into independence.

Each fellow graduate is equipped with the crucial experience in many specialty-specific rotations and procedures, as well as an established network of providers within other specialties.




Saturday ι January 19, 2019
1 to 4 p.m.
1000 Blythe Blvd
Tower Dining Room - 3rd Floor of Atrium Health's Carolinas Medical Center
Charlotte, NC 28203
Come and see what our Fellowship has to offer you!
Fellowship presentation ° Meet current Fellows 
Specialty discussions with Medical Directors and ACP Directors ° Q and A session


Physician Assistant Fellowship Opportunity Webinar

February 21 , 2019    ι  5:30 to 6:30 P.M.       


Nurse Practitioner Fellowship Opportunity Webinar

February 26 , 2019    ι  5:30 to 6:30 P.M.


Joint PA and NP Fellowship Opportunities Webinar

March 5, 2019            ι  5:30 to 6:30 P.M.


In the News

Post-Graduate Acute Care Fellowship Program

The post-graduate acute care fellowship program allows both NPs and PAs to develop the knowledge base to perform procedures and life-saving interventions in various high acuity patient populations and situations. The fellowship concentrates on typical difficulties with transition to practice, and prepares the ACP to perform in a specialized acute care setting while developing foundational specialty-specific skills and knowledge.

Nine inpatient specialties available:

  • Medical critical care (AGACNP and PA)
  • Surgical critical care (AGACNP and PA)
  • Cardiology (AGACNP and PA preferred; FNP and AGPCNP possible)
  • Carolinas Hospitalist Group (AGACNP and PA)
  • Palliative Care (AGACNP and PA preferred; FNP and AGPCNP possible)
  • Emergency Medicine (PAs, ENP, or dual certification as FNP/ACNP)
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery (AGACNP and PA)
  • Hepatobiliary Surgery (AGACNP and PA)
  • Children's Hospitalist (PNP-AC and PA)

Other specialty tracks are being developed.

Acute care fellows experience:

  • Nine-month mentored clinical rotation within their specialty choice
  • Three-month standardized critical care curriculum
  • Two to three months of ICU or elective clinical rotation
  • Weekly specialty didactics

Post-Graduate Primary Care/Urgent Care Fellowship Program

The post-graduate primary care and urgent care fellowship programs allow both NPs and PAs to develop the knowledge base to perform patient care for acute and chronic illness, as well as injuries, in an outpatient setting, while establishing skill sets for efficiency of practice and management of patient flow with utilization of appropriate resources. The fellowship concentrates on the delivery of care in a variety of fast paced office environments.

  • Family Medicine (FNP and PA) 
  • Urgent care (FNP and PA)
  • Pediatric urgent care (PNP-PC/AC, FNP and PA)

Post-Graduate Hybrid Fellowship Program

The post-graduate hybrid fellowship is a unique program which is comprised of both inpatient and outpatient components. Nurse practitioner and physician assistant fellows divide their clinical time between these two clinical settings. Experience with high acuity patients combined with services rendered in an office setting promote a versatile healthcare provider equipped with a wide range of skill sets.

Five hybrid specialties available:

  • Urology (AGACNP and PA preferred; FNP and AGPCNP)
  • Psychiatry/Behavioral Health (PMHNP and PA)
  • Pulmonology (AGACNP and PA preferred; FNP and AGNP possible)
  • Hematology/Oncology (AGACNP and PA preferred; FNP and AGPCNP possible)
  • Geriatrics (AGACNP, AGPCNP, FNP and PA)

The CAP Difference

  • An innovative 12-month curriculum composed of live didactics, online classrooms, simulation, proctored invasive procedures and mentored clinical experiences
  • Unique PA and NP collaboration
  • Highly competitive stipend and benefits
  • Professional development and mentoring
  • Access to System-wide education and conferences
  • Multidisciplinary approach to patient care
  • Expertise in managing the office setting
  • Participation in evidence-based research
  • Complementary CME opportunities
  • Development of a robust referral network


  • Completion of an accredited PA or NP master's program prior to the start of the fellowship program 
  • National board certification as a PA or NP
  • Eligible for licensure as a PA or NP in North Carolina
  • Eligible for DEA license
  • Designated drug screening
  • Acceptable criminal background check

**Note: You may apply prior to graduation** 

To Apply

The following documents are required by mail or email (

  • Completed application
  • Curriculum Vitae, official transcripts, and copies of certifications and licensure as you receive them
  • Copy of BLS card (Must be American Heart Association Issued)
  • Copy of ACLS card for Acute Care tracks only (Must be American Heart Association Issued)
  • Copy of PALS card for Pediatric tracks only (Must be American Heart Association Issued)
  • Three reference forms (at least one from your program faculty AND one from a physician)
  • One-page statement of interest in postgraduate fellowship training and the particular fellowship specialty you are selecting
  • Recent passport-size photograph (professional in nature)

Note: Candidates selected for an interview will be notified within three weeks following the application deadline.


  • Cohort 13 (start date October 1, 2019) Application deadline:  March 15, 2019
  • Cohort 14 (start date April 1, 2020) Application deadline:  September 15, 2019
  • Cohort 15 (start date October 1, 2020) Application deadline:  March 15, 2020


Download the CAP Fellowship acute care reference form (PDF)

Download the CAP Fellowship primary care reference form (PDF)

Download the CAP Fellowship urgent care reference form (PDF)

Download the CAP Fellowship behavioral health reference form (PDF)

Contact Information

Daniel Wragg
ACP Fellowship Staff Assistant
Atrium Health
Center for Advanced Practice
Phone: 704-446-5713
Email: Daniel Wragg

Gianna Sheck
ACP Fellowship Staff Assistant
Atrium Health
Center for Advanced Practice
Phone: 704-446-5716
Email: Gianna Sheck

Melissa Ricker, PA-C
PA Fellowship Coordinator
Atrium Health
Center for Advanced Practice
Phone: 704-355-0763
Email: Melissa Ricker

Anne Vail, DNP, AGNP
NP Fellowship Coordinator
Atrium Health
Center for Advanced Practice
Phone: 704-446-5148
Email: Anne Vail

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 32861
Charlotte, NC 28232-2861

Physical Address:
1000 Blythe Blvd., Third Floor, Annex Building
Charlotte, NC 28203

More Information

Want to learn more about the CAP Fellowship?

Fill out this form and a member of the fellowship staff will reach out to you shortly.

ACP Fellowship Video

Learn more about collaborative fellowship opportunities for nurse practitioners and physician assistants at Atrium Health.