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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the goal of the Leonard A. Lauder Community Care Nurse Practitioner Program?

A : The Leonard A. Lauder Community Care Nurse Practitioner Program was established to recruit, train and deploy nurse practitioners to underserved communities across the U.S. It will help to substantially increase the number of nurse practitioners by offering full tuition to students of merit, who attend Penn Nursing’s prestigious primary care nursing programs, and by integrating and supporting community based clinical education and practice. 

Q : What do you anticipate the impact of the Program to be? 

A : Over the next five years, Penn Nursing will dispatch at least 140 expertly educated nurse practitioners to work in underserved urban and rural communities, with additional NPs entering the future pipeline in perpetuity. In addition to the impact on Penn students and community partners, the Program will serve as a model for how to partner with communities in educating and supporting primary health care in underserved communities around the world. 

Q : How does someone become a Fellow? How can I apply? 

A: Students can not apply directly to the Program. Students must first be admitted as full-time admitted students in select Penn Nursing Primary Care programs. Students will be selected from a number of these programs and invited to apply.

Q : From which primary care programs will students be selected? 

A: Beginning in 2022, a total of 10 Leonard A. Lauder Community Care Nurse Practitioner Fellows will be selected from admitted full-time students in three primary care programs: Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Prospective primary care NP students in these programs will be invited to apply for consideration. Additional primary care programs will be considered as the program grows. Further details will be provided at a later date.

Q : What costs will the program cover for program participants? 

A: All participants in the program will receive student aid to cover their tuition and fees. Fellows with greater financial need will also receive stipends to help with living expenses.

Q : How will community partner sites be involved in the program? 

A : The Leonard A. Lauder Community Care Nurse Practitioner Program will invest in select community partner sites. These sites will be the catalysts for identifying needs and action plans which will engage other aspects of Penn Nursing and the larger University community. We plan to select 2 community partner sites by the end of 2022 and expand to a total of 10 Sites by 2026. 

Q : How will Fellows be educated at community partner sites? 

A: Fellows will complete at least 50 percent of their clinical education at community partner sites in the greater Philadelphia area that provide direct patient care, an invaluable experience that will prepare Fellows to meet the complex needs of patients and families throughout their careers. 

Q : What will be expected of Fellows while at Penn? After graduation? 

A : Fellows will complete at least 50 percent of their clinical education at community partner sites and other similar community practices. Every Fellow will be expected to commit to practice or service in an underserved community for two years after graduation. We will expect graduates to be part of an Alumni Fellow Network and to complete yearly surveys. 

Q : Why Nurse Practitioners? 

A: Limited access to primary care in the United States has been a problem for many years. To address access to primary care, we must ensure that we have a robust health-professions workforce with the skill and commitment to meet the demand of primary care delivery where it is needed most. Advance practice nurses, or nurse practitioners, are key to addressing the primary care issue.