About the AP4NP Program

The Academic Partnerships for Nurse Practitioner Students (AP4NP) program places DNP and MSN nurse practitioner students in primary care clinics in underserved settings.  This program focuses on improving the students’ readiness to practice and promoting a quality student-preceptor experience.

  • Students in the HIV, HCV, and pain management clinics will have interprofessional educational opportunities.
  • Students will be able to earn free contact hours by completing Learning Modules to help prepare them to provide care to their clinic populations.
  • Students who demonstrate an increased readiness to practice in their clinic by meeting clinical course objectives and completing Learning Modules will receive a Letter of Recommendation from their preceptor.
  • Students will be asked to sign a Letter of Intent to work with underserved populations as a professional practitioner should an acceptable position become available.
  • Preceptors will be able to earn free contact hours by completing Learning Modules to improve their teaching, assessment, and evaluation skills.

Our partners and clinical sites:

  • Genesys PHO, Flint, MI
  • Janes Street Academic Community Health Center, Saginaw: serving HCV positive clients
    • Students will be asked to complete an HCV Learning Module.
  • Sparrow Senior Health Center, Lansing: providing primary care services to geriatric clients
    • Note: students in this clinical setting will spend two days per month in the Harrison clinic listed below.
  • Central Michigan District Health Department, Harrison: serving HIV positive and LGBT clients
    • Students will be asked to complete HIV Learning Modules.
    • Note: students in this clinical setting will spend only two days per month in this site, and the remainder of the clinic experience will be at the Sparrow Senior Health Center listed above.
  • Comprehensive Pain Specialists, Flint: providing pain management services to complex patients
    • Students will be asked to complete a Pain Management course provided by the clinic that includes pain assessment, H&P skills, and SOAPE charting.
  • Oakland Integrated Healthcare Network: Summit Clinic, Waterford

Please contact Calandra Patrick at calandrp@umich.edu and CC Peggy Sheffer at psheffer@umich.edu if you are interested in a clinical practicum at one of these clinics.

The purpose of the University of Michigan-Flint AP4NP program is to increase Master in Science of Nursing (MSN) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) nurse practitioner students' readiness to practice by developing and evaluating academic-practice partnerships that will provide 54 clinical training preceptorships for nurse practitioner students. The academic partnerships will be located in clinical settings that provide primary care to underserved clients and their families.


  1. Increase the number of high-quality primary care clinical practice placements for the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) nurse practitioner programs at the University of Michigan-Flint by adding 54 placements through academic partnerships.
  2. Provide and evaluate preceptors in assessment, teaching, and evaluation of NP students via the addition of online preceptor training modules with learning assessment outcome measures and other preceptor training initiatives as appropriate.
  3. Evaluate DNP and MSN student clinical experiences for increased readiness to practice in primary care management of patients via pre- and post-clinical placement surveys of students and preceptors and knowledge testing of NP students.
  4. Evaluate and make quarterly improvements in the student-preceptor learning experiences in this partnership using the plan, do, study, act model.
  5. Increase the number of graduates who practice with underserved populations.

"This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number DO9HP28677 Advanced Nursing Education University of Michigan-Flint Academic Partnership grant: $253,426.00 (with no financing from nongovernmental sources). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government."