Alex Peck is a nurse practitioner resident working at CommuniCare Health Centers
Alex Peck is a nurse practitioner resident working at CommuniCare Health Centers in the Salud Clinic in West Sacramento.

Admissions criteria

The NP-PRACTICE Admissions Committee evaluates applicants based on their eligibility, relevant experiences, as well as personal and professional attributes. Admission decisions are driven by a commitment to diversity and dedication to caring for the medically underserved in both rural and urban settings. The committee seeks up to 10 N.P. residents each year from 2020 through 2023. The following elements are considered in each applicant.


  • Health care experience
  • Leadership experience
  • Research experience
  • Experience working in interprofessional teams
  • Community or volunteer experiences
  • Experience working with underserved communities


  • Geographic origin (e.g. rural or underserved area)
  • Motivation for caring for the underserved
  • Intellectual curiosity
  • Communication skills, including listening and empathy
  • Professional responsibility and accountability
  • Values and ethical beliefs
  • Self-assessment and improvement skills
  • Altruism and compassion
  • Appreciation for diverse perspectives
  • Ability to work in inter-professional teams
  • Honesty and integrity
  • Must be a registered nurse (R.N.) with an unrestricted California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) R.N. license
  • Graduate of an accredited family or adult gerontological nurse practitioner program with a master’s or doctoral degree from an accredited university within 18 months of the start of the residency program which is October 1, 2021 (N.P. program completion cannot be prior to April 1, 2020).
  • Ability to work full-time in a practice setting at least 40 hours per week
  • Must be nationally board certified as an FNP or AGNP through ANCC or AANP (see specific certification deadlines that apply to you below)
  • Ability to provide the following credentialing documents (see specific certification deadlines based upon your group below).
    • California BRN unrestricted registered nurse
    • California nurse practitioner certification
    • California furnishing number
    • Current Basic Life Support (BLS) certification
    • National Provider Identification (NPI) number
    • Completed Schedule II Controlled Substances course
    • Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) license
    • Additional documents: Click on the appropriate category to see the Credentialing Documents Checklist that applies to you.

The Credentialing Documents Checklist outlines the documents that must be submitted prior to accepting an interview, prior to accepting a position in the program, and prior to starting the program. Locate and carefully review the Credentialing Documents Checklist that applies to you based on your graduation date and whether you completed your N.P. program within or outside of California.

Applicants are strongly advised to plan well in advance in order to meet these deadlines. Waiting to start the certification process until you are offered an interview or are accepted into the program will not allow enough time to meet the deadlines.

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: