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The Advanced Practice Provider (APP) Fellowship at Atrium Health provides nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) exposure to an array of complex disease processes, clinical skill procurement, and patient populations in acute, primary and urgent care settings. With focus on developing competence and confidence, this transition-to-practice program prepares the APP to deliver superior patient care while in a protected learning environment.

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.

Upcoming Webinars

Unable to attend our Open House but want to know more about our fellowship program? Consider registering for one of our webinars.

Physician Assistant Fellowship Opportunity Webinar February 11, 2020       5:30 to 6:30 p.m.       RSVP HERE
Nurse Practitioner Fellowship Opportunity Webinar February 18, 2020 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. RSVP HERE
Joint PA and NP Fellowship Opportunities Webinar          March 3, 2020 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. RSVP HERE

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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

Nine acute care tracks available (other specialty tracks are being developed):

  • Medical critical care (AGACNP and PA)
  • Surgical critical care (AGACNP and PA)
  • Cardiology (AGACNP, AGPCNP, FNP and PA)
  • 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) - Spring start only
  • Hepatobiliary surgery (AGACNP and PA)
  • Children's hospitalist (PNP-AC 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.

Tracks available:

  • 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 heathcare provider equipped with a wide range of skills.

Four 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)
  • 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 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, not necessary at the time of application 

To Apply

  • Complete an online CAP Fellowship Application
  • Submit a one-page statement of interest in postgraduate fellowship training and the fellowship specialty you are selecting (PDF version)
  • Submit Curriculum Vitae (PDF version)*
  • Submit three written reference letters (one from a physician, one from a peer (NP, PA, Clinical Nurse, other professional colleague), and one from someone of your choice (RN manager, clinical supervisor, program faculty, research/committee colleague)* Please have your recommendation authors email their letter to:
  • Graduate Program Transcripts*
  • Submit a recent passport-size photograph (professional in nature)

*The following may be:

Deadline to Apply

  • Cohort 15 (start date October 1, 2020) application deadline:  March 15, 2020    
  • Cohort 16 (start date April 1, 2021) application deadline: September 15, 2020
  • Cohort 17 (start date October 1, 2021) application deadline: March 15, 2021

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

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

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

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

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