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The Atlanta VA Health Care System outpatient clinics and administrative offices will be closed on Wednesday, June 19th, 2024. In case of an emergent situation, Veterans should dial 911 or visit the closet emergency department. 

Nurse Practitioner Residency Programs

The mission of the NPR program is to develop novice Nurse Practitioners to demonstrate provider confidence, clinical competence, and integrative practice collaboration to care for the complex needs of the Veteran population.

The Joseph M. Cleland Atlanta VA Medical Center offers a Nurse Practitioner Residency Program with three post graduate tracks: Geriatric Extended Care, Psychiatric Mental Health, and Primary Car. The residency program is an academic partnership with Emory University - Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing and Georgia State University - Byridine F. Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions. The Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA) provides generous support for the development and administration of all VA Health professional training programs.

Programs Goals

The overarching goal of the Residency Programs is to equip newly graduated, licensed, and board-certified advanced practice nurses [APNs] with a strong foundation of scientific knowledge, clinical expertise, and professionalism to enhance their practice. Moreover, the program aims to attract, educate, and retain NPs passionate about improving the quality of healthcare services and accessibility for Veterans. 

Programs objectives

  1. Integrate evidence-based knowledge, ethical principles, and clinical excellence in advanced practice nursing while caring for the Veteran population within the AVAMC.
  2. Develop the role of independent advance practice nurses with commitment to excellence and quality outcomes.
  3. Utilize research and evidence to assist in the development and validation of advance practice and clinical competence.
  4. Participate in the process of health policy development for continued improvement of the VA health care systems.
  5. Engage in lifelong learning and the professional development of self and others.
  6. Develop collaborative skills through interprofessional relationships and team-based care approaches.
  7. Integrate quality, efficiency, and cost effectiveness while supporting awareness of the complex health care delivery system. 
  8. Advance the health and wellbeing of Veterans and their families. 
  9. Develop Veteran-centric care that is compassionate, valued, and effective in promoting whole health and preventing illness.

Curriculum overview

JMCAVAMC is committed to improving the healthcare of the nation's Veterans and is investing in innovative programs to enhance healthcare provider training. The overall goal of the Residency Programs is to enhance optimal care for our Veterans by offering educational training and care that are robust, evidence-based, and likely to result in successful outcomes. The JMCAVAMC offers three NP residency tracks:  Geriatric Extended Care, Mental Health, and Primary Care.

Program eligibility

  • U.S. Citizen
  • Graduate of an accredited Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner Program | Family Nurse Practitioner Program | Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program within the past 12 months
  • Never have worked as a Nurse Practitioner in the requested specialty
  •  Hold national credentialing according to your graduate degree
  • Licensure: Current, complete, active, and unrestricted registration as a registered nurse in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (e.g., Puerto Rico) of the United States or the District of Columbia. 
  • Proficient in written and spoken English,
  •  Pass a background/security investigation as required by the Veterans Health Administration,
  • Random drug testing may be required.

Application Requirements

Curriculum vitae

Official transcripts 

Application for Health Professions Trainees VA form 10-2850D 

Three (3) letters of recommendation: one from an academic instructor, one from a preceptor, and one from a place of employment.

For more information, please get contact the respective Program Director:

Geriatric Extended Care Nurse Practitioner Residency

Contact: Andrea M. Alexis, DNP, AGPCNP-BC, MHA

Phone: 404.315.4100 x373165



Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Residency

Contact: Theresa Goodman, PhD., MSN, FNP-C

Phone: 404.316.5820 



Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Residency

Contact: Bridget Mullen, MS, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC

Phone:  404.315.4100 x373181 or 404.312.2465