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APRN Primary Care Fellowship

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About the Fellowship

Located at Peak Vista's Peak Vista’s Health Center at Union, our APRN Fellowship is a 12-month-long, full-time employed/benefited position for transitioning or recently graduated licensed APRNs who desire to increase their family practice competence and confidence in a progressive, collaborative learning environment. The Fellowship is accredited as a Practice Transition Program by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. The 12-month program combines mentorship, problem-based learning, and hands-on clinical experience. The Fellowship experience is primarily in the Fellowship clinic with rotations in Women’s Services, Pediatrics, and some specialties.  


To provide exceptional health care to people facing access barriers and to provide exceptional opportunities for recently graduated Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) to transition seamlessly from the academic to the clinical setting, and to facilitate the transition to Family Practice for experienced Nurse Practitioners who have been out of the workforce or in another specialty. 


Peak Vista Community Health Centers' APRN Primary Care Fellowship is focused on enhancing the health of people and the community-at-large through a professional, caring staff who are motivated, enthusiastic, respectful, energetic and committed to strategic partnerships and a team approach to health care.

Postgraduate APRN Fellowships have been recommended by the Future of Nursing Report (2010) as a method to seamlessly transition recently graduated APRNs into the clinical setting. Peak Vista offers an accredited outpatient Primary Care APRN Fellowship as part of an effort to improve health care access for people facing access barriers to care.

The Fellowship is philosophically oriented around Benner’s Novice to Expert Model, Bandura’s Theory of Self-Efficacy and vicarious learning, and general adult learning theory. Self-evaluated and preceptor-evaluated competencies are derived from modified ACGME Milestones (2019) which support the continuous progression of knowledge, skills, attitudes, and professional goals.

The five core competencies identified by the IOM Committee (2003) as crucial to health professionals' education include the following:

  • The ability to deliver patient-centered care, considering an increasingly diverse US population with varying cultural backgrounds, expectations and values.
  • The ability to work in interdisciplinary teams and practice team-based skills, especially for patients with chronic conditions.
  • The training and ability to search and evaluate the scientific evidence base upon which health care decisions should be made in practice.
  • The knowledge and ability to analyze the root causes of medical errors and quality problems and fix them through system-wide approaches.
  • A solid foundation and skills in using cutting-edge information technology to deliver high-quality medical care, such as being able to search the medical literature online or being able to use computerized order entry systems that automatically flag pharmaceutical contraindications and errors.

Fellows complete a QI project focused on an aggregate population or clinical practice problem. They are also required to attend CME's and work on projects and assignments that may occur outside of working hours. Additionally, Fellows are required to attend provider meetings over the course of the year.

The Fellowship combines precepted interdisciplinary clinical immersion, relevant post-graduate didactic, and self-directed population management QI activities.

The goals of the Fellowship are:

  • Increase access to quality health care for communities by assisting recently graduated APRNs to transition seamlessly to the practice setting.
  • Nurture the confidence and competence of transitioning APRNs in the primary care setting, thereby improving APRN and employer satisfaction.
  • Improve APRN retention in the primary care setting.
  • Immerse APRNs in a collaborative and interdisciplinary model of primary care and vulnerable populations care consistent with the recommendations of the Institute of Medicine.
  • Facilitate professional development and life-long learning through continued population-focused interdisciplinary education and quality assessment/improvement appropriate to the primary care setting.
  • Provide mandated hours of precepted prescriptive practice experience as required by the Colorado Board of Nursing and Department of Regulatory Agencies.  

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APRN Primary Care Fellowship class, 2023-2024

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