How to Apply

The UT Southwestern Advanced Practice Provider Postgraduate Certificate Program accepts two APPs per year. Applications will be accepted through the  UT Southwestern Medical Center jobs page.

Open to New Graduates and Experienced APPs

This program is open to both new graduates and experienced APPs. Individuals who have yet to complete their Physician Assistant or Nurse Practitioner studies and certifications may apply if they are scheduled to graduate at least six months prior to the start of the program. You must obtain all licenses and certifications prior to matriculation.  Current certifications in Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), and Pediatric Advance Life Support (PALS) accredited by the American Heart Association are required prior to matriculation (but not for application).

Application Requirements

Physician Assistant

  • Must be a graduate of an ARC-PA accredited Physician Assistant Master’s Program and be certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants
  • Possess a Texas Physician Assistant license

Nurse Practitioner

  • Master’s degree in nursing or related field
  • Documented completion of an accredited Advanced Practice Education program
  • Three years of experience as a registered nurse
  • Licensed as a registered nurse and recognized as an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) by the Board of Nursing for State of Texas
  • For Nurse Practitioner candidates, dual credentialing which encompasses both acute care and across-the-lifespan care will be preferred though not required. Candidates must have advanced practice registered nursing education and certification to see patients across the lifespan including pediatric and obstetric patients. Candidates are recommended to possess certification as both family nurse practitioners and Adult-Gerontology Acute Care nurse practitioners. There may be other combinations of APRN certifications which would also be considered.

Required for All Applicants

  • Personal statement explaining why you wish to pursue fellowship
  • Cover letter and resume that clearly states your graduation date or expected graduation date from advanced practice program
  • List of clinical rotation sites, preceptors, and responsibilities – if fewer than five years of clinical practice experience
  • Unofficial transcript
  • Copies of state license and advance practice certification (if obtained)
  • Two letters of recommendation. One should be from an advanced practice program director if fewer than three years since graduation, and the other should be from a manager, preceptor, or adviser with knowledge of your clinical experience.

Important Dates

  • Summer
    Applications accepted
  • October
    Interview invites sent
  • November
    Interviews held
  • December
    Candidate notification
  • June
    Fellowship begins