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Requirements, Structure & Responsibilities

Fellowship Application Submission Dates: November 20, 2023 – February 9, 2024

Required Qualifications

Applicants must be anticipating graduation from an accredited Psychiatric NP program by June 2024 that provides eligibility to become certified through the ANCC as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Across the Lifespan), or have recently graduated from a program not more than 18 months prior to the application deadline.

Candidates must complete their ANCC PMHNP national certification exam by July 15, 2024. Candidates must have passed the ANCC PMHNP national certification exam and have their full and unencumbered Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner license in the state of Washington prior to their start date. The fellow will be required to be credentialed and privileged, and employment is contingent upon the successful completion of this.

Application Requirements

You will be asked to submit the following:

  • Up-to-date curriculum vitae or resume which includes rotations (months/years and locations)
  • Proof of graduation from or enrollment in an accredited PMHNP program with anticipated graduation date (college transcript). Unofficial transcripts are fine as part of your application, but an official transcript will be required if you are selected for the fellowship.  
  • RN license
  • ARNP license (if applicable)
  • Application essays
  • Three letters of recommendation:
    • At least two of these references should be from a psychiatrist or an Advanced Practice Provider with direct knowledge of your clinical skills (i.e. preceptor, clinical instructor/professor). Please have the recommenders follow the letter rubric below to address your ability or potential to practice as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and work in a collegial manner.
    • Letter of Recommendation Rubric: 
        • For how long and in what capacity do you know the applicant? 
        • Please speak to the applicant’s ability and/or potential to practice as a psychiatric nurse practitioner. 
        • How does the applicant collaborate and communicate with other health professionals and patients? 
        • Based on what you know about ARNP fellowships, what are the applicant’s main strengths and skills that are relevant to the completion of a psychiatric fellowship (If you are not familiar with our fellowship, please visit our website to learn more about our program) 
        • Are there any areas of concern you would like to share?
    • Letters of recommendation must be on the recommender’s institutional letterhead and emailed directly by the recommender to:

If chosen for the fellowship, you will be required to submit proof of successful completion of PMHNP certification exam and the State of Washington-License as an NP and complete a background check before your start date. However, you may apply without these.

All application requirements must be submitted before the application closing date. Applications are accepted through February 9, 2024, for the 2024 – 2025 fellowship Program year.

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Program Structure

This fellowship program is a unique collaboration between the School of Nursing (SON),  the School of Medicine (SOM), and UW Medicine. This fellowship provides the opportunity to receive advanced training and gain expertise while learning about the community and the patient population.

The Advanced Practice Provider Training Fellowship is a 12-month paid fellowship opportunity ($7,320/mo plus full UW benefits. Total compensation $116,215) in the greater Seattle area.

  • 12-month program for psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner graduates with MSN or DNP degrees
  • Core rotation in Integrated Primary care with supplemental rotations in the Psychiatric Emergency Room and Consult Liaison Services (elective specialties  may include ECT, TMS, women’s health, or perinatal psychiatry service)
  • Supported clinical care delivery in inpatient, consultation, and outpatient psychiatry settings at UW Medical Center – Northwest and other UW Medicine sites
  • Regularly scheduled didactics and opportunities to participate in the weekly UW Psychiatry and Addictions Case Conference (ECHO)
  • Supervision to develop skills in evidence-based behavioral interventions
  • Completion of a community-based quality improvement project


Diagnoses and treats patients using standardized assessment tools and implements appropriate interventions. Collects and assists in the interpretation of laboratory and other diagnostic tests. Requires the evaluation of various courses of action to treat patients and has the authority to make independent decisions regarding patients within their scope of practice. Primary activities and decision-making are performed independently. May participate in research projects under the supervision of a mentor. Will participate in didactic/course instruction on various topics such as telehealth, interprofessional foundations, clinical practice/case studies, etc., to expand the foundation as a psychiatric provider for underserved populations. Will complete a minimum of 1200 practice hours in both inpatient and outpatient settings, including specialty rotations.