Alex Peck, a member of the inaugural class of nurse practitioner residents at UC Davis Health, shares her thoughts on the residency program and the opportunities it presents to recent N.P. graduates.

How to apply

Applications for the 2021 cohort of the N.P. Residency closed Feb. 7. Watch this page for information about applying for the 2022 cohort in October.

The two-part application process includes an online application and a single PDF submission of several required documents emailed to the program office.

Applications received after the deadline are not considered due to the volume of applications received. Invited finalists participate in a mandatory interview conducted via Zoom in March.

How to submit an application

Step 1 —Complete an online application, electronically sign at the end and submit. Look for an email confirmation of your submission. View a sample 2021 application (PDF)

Step 2 —Prepare a single PDF of the required documents and send to Include your last name in the email subject line. Required documents for the single PDF (in this order) include: 

  • Curriculum Vitae (C.V.): must include all education, clinical rotations, leadership positions, community service experience, research activities, quality improvement projects, teaching experience, professional certifications and at least five years of work experience. Applicants must provide a written explanation for any gaps in work exceeding three months. This is an opportunity for you to tell us the story of your professional life. These two sites provide advice on creating a C.V.: American Association of Nurse Practitioners and the Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.
  • Three letters of reference from people who can speak to your qualifications and capabilities as a nurse practitioner; one must be a supervisor or someone who supervised you in your clinical practice. This may be a preceptor if the experience was in primary care and lasted at least 250 hours. If your letter of reference comes from a preceptor or supervisor with whom you worked for less than 250 clinical hours, please explain the situation further.
  • Personal statement of purpose (see information below).
  • N.P. program transcript (official preferred but unofficial is acceptable) — current students should submit a transcript from their most recently completed semester or quarter

You may email these documents combined as a single PDF to before or after you submit the online application. They must appear in our email box no later than 11:59 p.m. PST Feb. 7, 2021.

Do not include additional materials outside these required elements. To ensure a fair and efficient review process, additional materials (including additional references) are not considered.

Step 3 — Look for an email confirming receipt of your PDF. If you do not receive an email confirmation within 24 hours (if submitted during the work week) or 72 hours (if submitted over the weekend or on a holiday), please contact the program office at

Step 4 —Develop your plan to obtain all required documents that must be submitted prior to accepting an interview, prior to accepting a position in the program, and prior to starting the program as outlined on the Credentialing Documents Checklist that applies to you.

For applicants who completed an N.P. program between April 1, 2020, and Jan. 31, 2021:

For applicants who completed OR expect to complete an N.P. program between Feb. 1 and June 15, 2021:

Please highlight your most relevant academic preparation and motivation, scholarly work, clinical interests, and career goals as well as background and experiences (see experiences and attributes above) for pursuing this primary care residency with a focus on underserved communities (1,000-word limit).

  • Preparation and motivation may include your academic, clinical and research experiences that prepared you for this residency program. For example, you might speak to coursework, employment, exhibitions, fieldwork, foreign language proficiency, independent study, internships, laboratory activities, presentations, publications, studio projects, teaching and travel or study abroad along with your motivation or passion for advanced practice in primary care, particularly for the urban or rural underserved populations.
  • Interests, specializations and career goals may include your research interests, disciplinary subfields, areas of specialization and professional objectives.
  • Background and experiences may include any educational, familial, cultural, economic or social experiences, challenges, community service, outreach activities, residency and citizenship, first-generation college status or opportunities relevant to your academic journey; how your life experiences contribute to the social, intellectual or cultural diversity within a campus community and your chosen field; or how you might serve under-represented and underserved segments of society with your clinical education.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to prepare the documents listed on the checklist that applies to their specific situation (determined by graduation date and location of N.P. program). The items cannot be submitted prior to the close of application, but depending on the item, are needed at various points before the residency begins.

It will be helpful for you to be familiar with the following. Refer to the Credentialing Documents Checklist that applies to you for specific deadlines for submission of these items.

The residency position is a 12-month full-time employment and training opportunity. NP-PRACTICE residents receive a salary*, two-weeks paid vacation and paid holidays.

Residents should expect to work primarily day and early evening hours, Monday through Friday; however, there may also be a required skills day, conference or clinic day that takes place on a weekend.

Residents are paired with experienced physicians or nurse practitioners to provide clinical and practice guidance and support at the practice site. However, this is not a student experience. N.P. residents are expected to manage clinical patients with increasing independence through the year. Residents are also paired with an experienced N.P. professional role mentor.

Successful residents complete all 12 months of the residency, build a portfolio suitable to use to seek employment, receive a letter of recommendation for employers and are considered for open positions at UC Davis Health or potentially at FQHC partner sites. N.P. residents also receive personalized employment assistance upon completion of the residency.

Residents cannot pursue employment opportunities until the last three months of the program and must complete the full 12-month residency.

*salary amount to be announced at a later date.