Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant Critical Care Fellowship: Program in Cardiovascular Critical Care

The Medical College Physicians’ nurse practitioner (NP) and physician assistant (PA) post-graduate fellowship is a one-year training program that teaches fellows to become highly skilled in the multidisciplinary, collaborative, and evidence-based management of complex critically-ill patients in intensive care units. This program aims to attract new NP and PA graduates seeking a structured educational program to support and guide their development of proficient clinical decision making and their application of specialized skills in the care of the critically ill. Fellows will have rotations in the cardiovascular, medical, surgical, neurology, and transplant critical care services with an emphasis on cardiovascular critical care. Two fellows are being accepted into this program in January 2017. A successful program will inform next steps in expanding post-graduate fellowship in other areas of practice.

Our Mission

To prepare NPs and PAs to practice in the specialty of critical care medicine as members of a multi-professional team.

Our Vision

To develop and implement an educational pathway for NPs and PAs that translates evidence-based didactics with proctored skill acquisition through clinical experiences and simulation. It is our vision that fellows will progress in clinical judgment and critical thinking skills as a full, contributing member of a multidisciplinary critical care medicine team.

About the Fellowship

The fellowship is an innovative 12-month curriculum composed of in-person didactics, online classrooms, simulation, proctored procedures and mentored clinical experiences. Fellows accepted into the pilot program will be expected to work the schedules of their preceptors in each location to gain the best experience of the practice. Depending on the rotation, the average clinical work week expectation is about 50 hours with some rotations to evenings, nights, and weekends. Learn more about the NP and PA Critical Care Fellowship (PDF).

  • Fellows receive a stipend and the standard NP and PA MCW benefits.

Eligibility Requirements


  • Completion of an accredited nurse practitioner master’s or doctoral program prior to the start of the fellowship
  • National board certification as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult/Geriatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Eligible for licensure as a NP in Wisconsin
  • Eligible for a DEA license
  • Acceptable criminal background check


  • Completion of an accredited physician assistant’s master’s program prior to the start of the fellowship
  • National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants certified
  • Eligible for licensure as a PA in Wisconsin
  • Eligible for a DEA license
  • Acceptable criminal background check

Application Deadlines

Application deadline January 15, 2017 for March 1, 2017 start date.

Application deadline March 1, 2017 for July/August 2017 start date.

Future application deadlines will be posted in March 2017.

How to Apply

  • Complete the Human Resources application
  • Submit to Human Resources:
    1. Curriculum Vitae, official transcripts, and copies of certifications and licensure as you receive them
    2. Copy of BCLS and ACLS card (must be American Heart Association issued)
    3. Three reference forms (at least one from your program faculty and one from a physician)
    4. One-page statement of interest in postgraduate fellowship training
    5. Recent photo (professional in nature)
  • After Human Resources reviews your application, you will also be requested to complete the MCW Graduate School application