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Advanced Practice Provider Critical Care Fellowship

Our mission is to prepare advanced practice providers to deliver high quality, patient-centered care using the best evidence to guide practice.

The APP Critical Care Fellowship is a 9-month post graduate training program combining a competency-based curriculum with practice-based learning in the critical care setting. The fellowship includes didactic, clinical, simulation, a mentorship program, peer support, and a variety of other strategies to help the APP transition into the critical care provider role.



Increase proficiency of critical care management, including invasive skills, using a structured transition to practice experience.


Assist the advanced practice provider in developing organization and prioritization skills to manage varying complexities and responsibilities.


Increase confidence to effectively communicate and lead team-based care.

Kimberly Walker -Cline, APRN, AGACNP-BC
Kimberly Walker -Cline, APRN, AGACNP-BCClass of August 2023
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The APP critical care fellowship has been career-changing for me. Everyone knows that a good foundation is essential for a successful career, and I can say that have received that with the APP critical care fellowship. From boot camp to protected learning, to the overwhelming support from the education leadership. I couldn't have asked for a better foundation for my new career. 
Daniza Aguillon, APRN, AGACNP-BC
Daniza Aguillon, APRN, AGACNP-BCClass of August 2023
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Transitioning into a new role can be very stressful, overwhelming, and difficult. However, the fellowship program has been such a blessing. During this difficult transition in my life, the education team were very supportive and their availability was amazing. The preceptors were phenomenal and made the transition smoother. My mentor was outstanding and allowed me to express my inner feelings regarding the challenges I faced. The physicians are down to earth and are willing to take any opportunity to teach you something new. The structure of the program was easy to follow but challenging at the same time. It pushed me to be the provider that I am now. For anyone transitioning into a critical care provider role, I strongly recommend their program. Thank you for this opportunity.
Peaches Booth, APRN, AGACNP-BC
Peaches Booth, APRN, AGACNP-BCClass of August 2022
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I would like to express my utmost appreciation for the incredible opportunity provided by the APP residency program. This program has proven to be a transformative experience, both personally and professionally. The structured curriculum, mentorship, and hands-on clinical exposure have equipped me with invaluable skills and knowledge. The emphasis on interdisciplinary collaboration and continuous learning has fostered a supportive environment, allowing me to grow and excel in my practice. I am truly grateful for the investment you have made in my career development and the positive impact it will have on patient care. Thank you for your commitment to nurturing the next generation of APP’s.
Courtney Schoonover, APRN, AGACNP-BC
Courtney Schoonover, APRN, AGACNP-BCClass of August 2022
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The critical care fellowship was an integral part of the provider I am today. Being able to go through a well laid out bootcamp of all things critical care before hitting the unit as a new provider was crucial. In addition, being able to have protected learning time and being able to ease into a full patient load helped ease the anxiety and nervousness I felt. It is well known that going from a nurse to a provider is a hard transition and you are faced with feeling inadequate when for years you have felt competent in your role. The residency allows space and time to transition as well as support and assistance with the change in mindset it requires. I highly recommend the residency for anyone looking to become a critical care provider.
Brooke Pennings, APRN, AGACNP-BC
Brooke Pennings, APRN, AGACNP-BCClass of December 2022
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The residency was the perfect way to ease the transition of RN to NP. It gives you the time to slowly progress to a normal patient load instead of feeling “thrown in” which really helps build confidence. The residency structure allows you the opportunity and time to actually learn how to manage ICU patients and ease decision making without being overwhelmed. The education team, preceptors, and doctors are all so patient and are willing to teach you the best ways to succeed and have shaped me into the provider I am now. The education you get during the residency is unparalleled!



Two specialties are currently offered in the Fellowship Program: General Medicine ICU and  Cardiovascular ICU with an emphasis on CV surgery and VA/VV ECMO management. 

Coming Soon: Neuroscience ICU 


There are two (2) cohorts annually, with one (1) cohort starting in March, and the other cohort starting in August.

Cohort size varies depending on the specialty needs.

Fellowship Schedule

Each cohort starts with a three (3) week Boot Camp that takes place Monday through Friday. Following the Boot Camp, fellows transition into the hospital setting.

Clinical shifts may consist of days, nights, weekends, and/or holidays.

Fellowship Activities

Fellowship activities consist of didactic, simulation, case presentations, journal club, professional development, and various other strategies meant to facilitate a successful transition.

Fellowship Leadership

The fellowship is operated by a team – the program director, fellowship manager, and multiple educators. The fellows will report to the fellowship manager and program director. Various other members of the team will serve as preceptors and/or mentors throughout the fellowship.

Fellowship Benefits

Fellows are salaried and full-time employees during the fellowship. All fellows are eligible for  medical, dental, vision, and various other employment benefits.



  • To be eligible, you must be an Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant/Associate.


  • For the Cardiovascular or Neuroscience specialty track, you must have at least one (1) year of experience within the specialty area.

Application Components

To apply for the fellowship, submit the following:

  • CV or resume
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Two email addresses from references. The references cannot be from DPACC providers, and one (1) reference must be from a preceptor.
  • Personal statement answering the following questions:
      1. What attracted you to critical care?
      2. Why are you interested in pursuing a fellowship?


March Cohort start

  • March 1 to May 31: Accepting applications
  • Last two (2) weeks of June: Interviews
  • Mid-July: Offers extended
  • Early March: Fellows start


August Cohort start 

• Aug 1 to Oct 31: Accepting applications
• Early to mid-November: Interviews
• Mid-December: Offers extended.
• Early August: Fellows start.


We highly encourage applying in your last academic semester or post-graduation. Normally, with the interview process, boards, and obtaining the necessary components for the credentialing process plus credentialing, it takes approximately six (6) months post-graduation to complete everything. For those who have graduated and are already licensed when applying to the fellowship, anticipate the credentialing process to take up to four (4) months.

If selected for an interview, anticipate the interview  process to be approximately 1.5 hours. The interview process includes the traditional interview question-style format with a panel of three (3) to four (4) advanced practice providers and a clinical-based component.

Fellows will work no more than 160 hours a month, which equates to approximately 40 hours a week. However, given the role is shift work, there may be weeks where you spend slightly more or less than 40 hours. Fellows will also spend time engaging in their project and didactic content.

Yes, all fellows who successfully complete the fellowship are employed with the organization.

Fellows are provided clear expectations and guidelines for fellowship completion on Day One (1) of the fellowship. Each fellow is measured according to specific competency metrics at various intervals throughout the fellowship. Additionally, each fellow is required to complete additional examinations and/or simulation exercises to demonstrate learning.

APP Fellowship application

For more information about our fellowship, please email: