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​​​​​​​Advanced Practice Providers

What we do
There's a reason that Stanford Health Care is the premiere institution for Advanced Practice in the United States. Simply put, we hold ourselves to a higher standard. More than 500 Advanced Pratice Providers working in over 40 specialties across our organization bring skilled leadership and exceptional dedication to every patient encounter.

We're also proud to offer our nurse practitioners and physician assistants the benefit of our Center for Advanced Practice. Launched in 2012, the center provides administrative infrastructure and support services to all our credentialed Advanced Practice Providers (APPs), including:

  • APP Onboarding & General Orientation
  • APP General Council; APP Leadership Council
  • APP Executive Forums
  • Bi-monthly updates and progress reports related to APPs; done in partnership with the Advanced Practice Group at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital (LPCH)
  • APP Clinical Preceptors
  • Provide opportunities to teach and train APP students through partnerships with over 12 APP programs in California and throughout the U.S.

APP Fellowship

The Fellowship teaches the core competencies for specialty certification and offers the opportunity for APPs to gain in-depth exposure to complex specialty care and systems. Clinical APP Fellows work with diverse teams of providers focused on specific patient populations through Stanford Health Care's inpatient and outpatient settings.  Administrative APP Fellows work with diverse leadership teams focused on operations and quality improvement throughout the organization.
The Center of Advanced Practice provides administrative infrastucture and a central organization of processes around the Advanced Practice Provider (APP) roles:

  • Physician Assistants (PAs)
  • Nurse Practitioners (NPs)
  • Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs)
  • Clinial Nurse Specialists (CNSs)

Stanford Health Care has certain hiring criteria that are more rigorous for APPs than the state mandates for licensure/certification:

  • NPs, CRNAs, and CNSs are required to have a master's or doctoral degree in nursing and be nationally board certified:
  • PAs must have a minimum of a bachelor's degree and be nationally certified.

Stanford Health Care APPs are considered medical providers who treat, diagnose, prescribe and perform/assist in surgical procedures in collaboration with physicians.

As required by California law, they are supervised by an attending physician and scope of practice is overseen and reviewed by the Interdisciplinary Practice Committee (IDPC), Credentials & Privileged Committee, Medical Executive Committee and the Governing Board.


Stanford Health Care Advanced Practice Provider Fellowship is accredited with distinction as a Practice Transition Program by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation in Practice Transition Practice Programs.


The APP Fellowship Program at Stanford Health Care is recognized by the ANCC Practice Transition Accreditation Program® (PTAP) as an Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Program (IRAP).