School of Nursing

Nurse Practitioner Fellowship Program

Nurse Practitioner Fellowship Program



In collaboration with academic-practice partners, this is a 12 month post-graduate transition-to-practice program for Nurse Practitioners (NPs) transitioning to a new clinical practice. The program offers structured, on-site didactic and clinical training within partnering community-based clinics and hospitals to build upon the population-focused NP competencies and graduate NP education obtained. An additional focus on the development of proficiency in the advanced nursing care of medically underserved populations and health systems leadership. Nurse Practitioner Fellows can be hired in an acute or primary care focused concentration for adults, pediatrics; or for primary care family across the lifespan NPs per respective clinical partner's need.


To enhance nurse practitioners' proficiency and evidenced-based care of underserved populations.


Program Outcomes

By the end of the 12-month NP Fellowship Program, participants will:

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in the advanced nursing care of medical or mental health underserved populations.
  2. Demonstrate leadership skills through the completion of a capstone project focused on improved health outcomes for underserved populations.
  3. Accept employment with a clinical agency in a medical or mental health underserved area.


Eligibility Criteria

  • Unencumbered LA RN & APRN licensure
  • Board Certification in respective role and population-focus
  • Full-time employment with a partnering healthcare agency
  • Completed application by deadline
  • <= 18 months post-graduation or evidence of transitioning to new clinical practice area


Available Population-focused Programs

  • Psychiatric Mental Health - Metropolitan Human Services District
  • Neonatal Intensive Care - Children's Hospital New Orleans

Example of Curricula Topics

  • Principles of Professional NP Practice
  • Health Equity for Underserved Populations
  • Systems-level Leadership Skills
  • Leading Quality Improvement
  • Interprofessional Collaboration
  • Health Policy and Advocacy
  • Utilizing Telehealth Modalities to Increase Access to Care
  • Coaching Strategies for Self-Efficacy
  • Self-care and Burnout Prevention
  • Population-Focused Clinical Updates and Skills for Proficient Practice
  • Critical Care populations
  • Adult
  • Neonatal
  • Pediatric
  • Primary Care populations
  • Adult
  • Family
  • Pediatric
  • Psychiatric Mental Health

Informationals coming soon.
Application Deadline:  May 30, 2023
First cohort will start August 2023

For more information, contact Leanne Fowler at (504) 568-4156 or