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A Letter from Fellowship Program Director: Ivette Becerra-Ortiz, DNP, MPH, NP, RN, NEA-BC, CPNP-PC, NP, RN

Dear UCSF NP Fellowship Applicants,

Thank you for applying to our program. We feel privileged to have such highly qualified applicants. UCSF seeks candidates whose experience, teaching, research or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excllence.

Applications will be accepted March 1, 2024 - March 31, 2024
We complete application review in early April with the goal of notifying applicants of potential interviews by April 15th. All candidate interviews will be done via Zoom.

Be safe during these challenging times.


Ivette Becerra-Ortiz, DNP, MPH, NP, RN, NEA-BC, CPNP-PC, NP, RN
UCSF Fellowship Program Director

The deadline for applications for this cycle is March 31, 2024.

Please submit a cover letter, CV/resume, application and letters of recommendation per the instructions below.

If you are still completing coursework, you may submit your transcript upon the award of your degree. We strongly recommend that you apply for your CA RN license now as it will expedite the NP licensing process.

Fellowship Requirements

  • Master's or doctoral degree in nursing (current or pending) from an accredited program earned within the 18 months preceding the start date.
  • Current AHA CPR certification
  • Current AHA ACLS certification
  • Demonstrated excellence in scholarship, communication, leadership, problem resolution, and teaching.

Before Hire

  • Graduation from an accredited AGACNP program in the previous 18 months prior to the start date.
  • Current RN and NP licensure by the California Board of Registered Nursing
  • California furnishing license upon start
  • ANCC or AACN certification as an Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner upon hire
  • DEA license upon start

Administrative Requirements

Any employment offer with UCSF is contingent on the following:

  • Successful background check
  • A health clearance through UCSF Occupational Health department
  • A negative substance abuse screening test
  • Verification of any documents required for the position
  • Verification of identity and eligibility to work in the USA
  • The completion of the new hire process, including all required paperwork
  • Credentialing process via the UCSF Medical Staff Services Office

Application Cycle

Please submit your application with supporting documentation no later than March 31st of the year you wish to begin your fellowship. We will interview a select number of applicants. Responses will be sent out in May, and offers will be extended in June. Clinical rotations start in November 1st due to CA licensing and UCSF credentialing requirements.

The application deadline for clinical rotations starting in November is March 31, 2024.

How To Apply

Complete this fillable PDF Application

Required Supporting Documentation

  • Letter of interest
  • Resume/CV
  • Personal Statement reflecting on your professional goals. Please address each of the following. Maximum of 500 words combined for all three responses.
  1. UCSF is committed to increasing diversity and promoting a culture of equal opportunity. Please describe your awareness of, or experience with, inequalities and challenges faced by historically underrepresented or economically disadvantaged groups. How does your experience or background contribute to UCSF’s commitment to increasing diversity and promoting a culture of equal opportunity?
  2. A philosophy of nursing is a statement that outlines a nurse’s values, ethics, beliefs, and/or their motivation for being part of the profession. It covers a nurse’s perspective regarding their education, practice, and patient care ethics. Please describe one tenet that is central to your nursing philosophy and how you approach patient care.
  3. Please describe your motivation for seeking training through the UCSF Surgical and Critical Care APP fellowship. Consider: What attracts you to the UCSF program? Do you have a specific specialty interest? What do you hope to gain from the fellowship?
  • Three (3) letters of professional recommendation, one from each of the following:
    • A graduate nursing school professor
    • A clinical preceptor graduate nurse
    • A current supervisor

Please submit completed application packet to [email protected]

Selection Process

A select number of applicants will be invited for a Zoom video interview. Interviewees will be informed in June of the decision on their application. Successful applicant(s) will have ONE week from receipt to accept the offer.

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