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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? 

AStudents can not apply directly to the Program. Students must first be admitted as full-time students to one of Penn Nursing’s six Primary Care programs. Once admitted to a primary care program, students will be invited to apply to the Leonard A. Lauder Fellowship program.

  1. To become a Lauder Fellow, you must apply for admission to one of Penn Nursing’s six Primary Care Programs. You must also complete additional essay questions to be considered for the Fellowship. If you are admitted and have completed the Fellowship questions, you may be asked to submit answers to video interview questions. Final decisions will be released in March.

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

A: Beginning in 2023, Leonard A. Lauder Community Care Nurse Practitioner Fellows will be selected from all of Penn Nursing’s primary care programs: 

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

A: In addition to the clinical requirement described above, Fellows will participate in a variety of cohort building activities throughout their time in the program. Every Fellow will be expected to commit to practice or service in an underserved community in the U.S. for two years after graduation. We expect graduates to be part of the Leonard A. Lauder 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. 

Q : Can I apply if I am Penn Nursing submatriculant? And what is that process?

A: Returning full-time submatriculants to all primary care programs will be eligible to apply once they confirm their intent to return by November 1. This must be done each year. A link to the written essay questions application will then be sent in late December/early January. Upon review of the written applications, selected students will be sent questions for a video interview. Final decisions will be released in March.

Q: How will Fellows be engaged with community partner sites?

A: Fellows will complete at least 50 percent of their clinical training at community partner sites in the greater Philadelphia area that provide direct primary care services to underserved populations and communities – an invaluable experience that will prepare Fellows to meet the complex needs of patients and families throughout their careers.

Q: If I am admitted as a part-time MSN student to one of the six primary care programs, and I have to defer my start date, can I return as a full-time MSN student so that I am eligible to apply for the Lauder Fellowship?

A: Yes, as long as you have an approved full-time plan of study and have not matriculated or started taking any courses as a part-time student, you are eligible to apply for the Lauder Fellowship.

Q: If I am admitted as a full-time MSN student to one of the six primary care programs and I am NOT selected for the Lauder Fellowship, can I switch to a part-time plan of study?

A: Yes, as long as you have an approved part-time plan of study and your program has capacity to take you on as a part-time student.

Q: If I am NOT selected as a Lauder Fellow, can I reapply for the next admissions cycle?

A: The Lauder Fellowship will select applicants once per year. It is recommended that you only apply once and only when you are ready to do so. Reapplication requests will be taken into consideration on a case-by-case basis. The opportunity to apply more than once is not guaranteed.

Q: If I am admitted as a part-time MSN student to one of the six primary care Programs and I add a minor so that my status becomes full-time, am I eligible to apply for the Lauder Fellowship?

A: No. You must be admitted as a full-time student (either traditional or sub-matriculant) at the start of your MSN program in order to be eligible for the Lauder Fellowship. If accepted, you must remain a full-time student. If you choose to add a minor you may do so, however, that would be in addition to your full-time MSN coursework. The Lauder Fellowship only covers tuition and fees for primary care programs. It does not cover tuition and fees for minors.