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This one-year, post-graduate fellowship program is appropriate for new NP and PA graduates, as well as experienced APPs wishing to change discipline or career paths. The program starts in April and October.

Goals of the Fellowship:

  • Enhance the clinical knowledge and expertise of APPs needed to optimize practice and demonstrate improved clinical outcomes
  • Serve as an immersion in specialty-specific experiences that prepare APPs for critical thinking above the level received in formal education
  • Expand APPs knowledge of evidenced-based practice, basic research techniques, guideline development and quality improvement initiatives

Overall, the fellowship prepares the APP to be a well-rounded provider, leader and resource within the healthcare team. In addition to specialty and elective rotation experiences, the APP will receive hands-on learning in our state-of-the-art simulation center, present formal case-based lectures, participate in team learning discussions and receive professional development and quality improvement education.

Each fellow graduate is equipped with crucial experiences derived from specialty-specific rotations, procedural-based training and an established network of providers within other specialties.

Diversity and Inclusion

At Atrium Health, we are driven by our mission to improve health, elevate hope, and advance healing – for all. By creating an environment where differences are valued and inclusion is a way of life – where the care we deliver is truly “for all”.

To fulfill this responsibility, we constantly strive to be an inclusive, diverse, and respectful workplace. As our workforce becomes more diverse, Atrium Health becomes a stronger organization. We are able to provide more culturally competent and sensitive care, better serving our communities that rely on us.

As an academic program, we are committed to promoting the diversity, equity, and inclusion of all teammates and excelling in education that promotes the management of the complex health needs of our aging and diverse communities. The Diversity and Inclusion education is an essential part of our CORE Curriculum delivered to all APP Fellows that will seek to inform and address the limited healthcare access and disproportionately poor health outcomes of minority groups.

To learn more about Atrium Health’s Diversity and Inclusion mission, check out our Diversity Agenda and Resources below:

Upcoming Webinars

Our webinars are an interactive information session to learn more about our Fellowship Program at Atrium Health. These sessions include a detailed presentation given by our Fellowship Directors and a question and answer session.

Nurse Practitioner Webinar | August 16th, 2022 | 5:30-6:30 PM EST RSVP HERE

Physician Assistant Webinar | August 23rd, 2022 | 5:30-6:30 PM EST RSVP HERE

Joint NP/PA Webinar | September 1st, 2022 | 5:30-6:30 PM EST RSVP HERE

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 clinical scenarios. The fellowship curriculum targets common areas of difficulty with transition to practice and prepares the APP to perform in a specialized acute care setting while developing foundational specialty-specific skills and knowledge.

Acute care fellows experience:

  • Rotations in ICU, off-service specialties and interservice subspecialties
  • Bimonthly critical care roundtable didactics
  • Weekly specialty didactics

Acute care tracks available:

  • Medical critical care (AGACNP and PA)
  • Surgical critical care (AGACNP and PA)
  • Cardiology (AGACNP, AGPCNP, FNP and PA)
  • Adult hospitalist (AGACNP and PA)
  • Emergency medicine (PAs, ENP or dual certification as FNP/ACNP)
  • Cardiothoracic surgery (AGACNP and PA) - Spring start only
  • Surgery specialties (AGACNP and PA)
  • Pediatric hospitalist (PNP-AC and PA)
  • Neonatal ICU (NNP (Neonatal NP) and PA)

Post-Graduate Primary Care/Urgent Care Fellowship Program

The Post-Graduate Primary Care and Urgent Care Fellowship programs allow both NPs and PAs to further refine their knowledge base while caring for patients in the ambulatory care setting. Didactics and clinical experiences focus on chronic disease state management, acute illness/injury visits and wellness care. Fellows will learn to skillfully utilize resources to efficiently navigate the complex components of a fast-paced office environment while delivering quality, patient-centered care.

Primary/urgent care tracks available:

  • Family medicine (FNP and PA) - Fall start only
  • Rural family medicine (FNP and PA) – Fall start only
  • Urgent care (FNP and PA)

Post-Graduate Specialty Care Fellowship Program

The Post-Graduate Specialty Care Fellowship program offers unique learning opportunities in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Fellows will participate in high-acuity patient experiences combined with services rendered in an office setting to promote a versatile healthcare provider equipped with a wide range of skills.

Specialty care tracks available:

  • Urology (AGACNP, AGPCNP, FNP and PA)
  • Psychiatry/Behavioral health (PMHNP and PA) - Fall start only
  • Hematology/Oncology (AGACNP, AGPCNP, FNP and PA)
  • Geriatric medicine (AGACNP, AGPCNP, FNP and PA) - Fall start only
  • Women's Health (FNP, WHNP, PA) - Fall start only

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 quality improvement
  • Complementary CME opportunities
  • Development of a robust referral network


  • Completion of an accredited PA or NP master's program* 
  • National board certification as a PA or NP*
  • North Carolinas licensure as a PA or NP*
  • DEA licensure*
  • Designated drug screening*
  • Acceptable criminal background check
  • BLS (and ACLS or PALS for acute care tracks)*

*These items must be completed no later than six weeks prior to start date of fellowship.

Application Deadlines

Cohort 19 - Fall 2022 - Deadline to apply is March 15th 2022
Cohort 20 – Spring 2023 -Deadline to apply is September 15th, 2022
*We will begin to accept applications for Cohort 20 June 1st, 2022*

To Apply Click Here 

The number of fellows accepted into the Atrium Health APP Fellowship shall be determined solely by Atrium Health. Applicants will be notified within 12 weeks of the posted deadlines above if they have been selected for an interview.

Contact Information

Gianna Sheck
APP Fellowship Staff Assistant
Atrium Health
Center for Advanced Practice
Email: Gianna Sheck

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

Anne Vail, DNP, AGNP-C
NP Fellowship Coordinator
Atrium Health
Center for Advanced Practice
Email: Anne Vail

Mailing Address:
Center for Advanced Practice
P.O. Box 32861
Charlotte, NC 28232

Physical Address:
Center for Advanced Practice
1000 Blythe Blvd., Third Floor, Annex Building
Charlotte, NC 28203

Fellowship Alumni

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