Community-Based Nurse Practitioner Fellowship

About the Fellowship

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN) is pleased to implement a HRSA-funded Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Residency (NPR) program. The purpose of the project is to prepare APRNs to work in rural and underserved communities. 

Our NPR program will increase the APRN primary care workforce in rural and underserved communities through collaboration with partner community-based health clinics (CBHCs). The program will provide funding and support for seven NPRs (6 FNPs/AGPCNPs and 1 PMHNP) each year.

  • Applicants should be FNPs, AGPCNPs or PMHNPs, or NP students in those specialties within 18 months of graduation and certification.
  • Applicants must demonstrate a strong desire to work with rural or urban underserved populations.
  • VUSN will screen applicants; final decisions will made by the CBHCs. Chosen applicants will be hired as full time employees of the CBHCs.  
  • CBHC Fellows will complete a 12-month structured residency program including continuing education tailored to post-graduate NPs in rural practice, group debrief conferences, and ongoing coaching and support from VUSN faculty.
  • CBHC Fellows will work with a preceptor in their CBHC.
  • CBHC Fellows will gain valuable experience caring for individuals with behavioral health co-morbidities in primary care. 
  • CBHC Fellows and their CBHC may also participate in consultation with behavioral health experts via telehealth. 


Fellows agree to 12 months of full-time employment at the CBHC. Participation in the additional didactic and focused experiences involving social determinants of health, psychopharmacology, and telehealth in the context of a rural or medically underserved clinic is required.

Applications should be submitted no later than March 1, 2020. Candidates will be contacted for interviews in April. Final decision will be at the discretion of CBHCs. Start dates may vary, but will be between July 1 and September 1.

Complete application

Participating Community-Based Health Clinics (CBHCs) 

Project Team

Pam Jones
Project Director

Christian Ketel
Evaluation Coordinator

Tonya Elkins
Health Education Coordinator

Natasha McClure
Health Education Specialist

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This program is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $2,442,800 with 0% financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit