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Dietetic Internship Program

VA dietetics training programs are fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). We are a part of the VA Nutrition and Food Service Program.

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Psychology Internship

The predoctoral internship at the VA Northern California Health Care System is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association. The next site visit will be in 2021.

Application Deadline: November 1st

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Psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner residency program

The PMHNP residency at VA Northern California Health Care System accepts applications for the 12-month training program starting February 1st through March 30th, interviews are conducted in early April, and the residency begins mid-August.

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Post-baccalaureate nurse residency

Our Post-Baccalaureate Nurse Residency Program (PBNR) is a Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited program since January 2019. We are committed to engaging new RN graduates during their transition from entry-level to advanced beginner professional Nurses providing Veteran-centric care.

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General practice residency in dentistry

The program is conducted at the postgraduate level (PGY-1) and consists of didactic and clinical instruction in all areas of dental treatment under the guidance of experienced staff attending dentists. The major portion of the residents’ daily work schedule will be devoted to patient care.

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Neuropsychology postdoctoral residency program

The postdoctoral residency in neuropsychology at the VA Northern California Health Care System (VANCHCS) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association. 

This 2-year fellowship meets the guidelines for residency training in clinical neuropsychology provided by the Houston Conference as well as prerequisite requirements for board certification in clinical neuropsychology. Core clinical experiences include geriatric assessment, inpatient consultation, traumatic brain injury assessment, and neurocognitive rehabilitation. A large variety of elective rotations in assessment and intervention are also available. The didactic curriculum is provided jointly with training programs at UC Berkeley and UC Davis Medical School. Research opportunities are available through the Martinez and Mather VA campuses as well as the through existing close collaborations with investigators at the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute at UC Berkeley and the UC Davis Medical Center.

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Post-graduate pharmacy residency programs

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Northern California Health Care System (VANCHCS) provides residents with the opportunity to practice in innovative and progressive pharmacy services. Our long-standing Post-Graduate Year One (PGY1) pharmacy residency program blends aspects of clinical pharmacy services, teaching, administration, research, pharmacoeconomics, and operations. The VANCHCS also offers a Post-Graduate Year Two (PGY2) psychiatric pharmacy residency. Learn more about our PGY2 program. Both the PGY1 and PGY2 residency programs are ASHP accredited.

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Geriatric physical therapy residency programs

VA Northern California Health Care System Geriatric Physical Therapy Residency Program is designed to offer licensed physical therapists an opportunity to advance their knowledge and skills in the area of geriatric specialty practice. This clinical training will help prepare the resident for Geriatric Clinical Specialist (GCS) certification through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) upon completion of the program.

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Clinical psychology postdoctoral fellowship

The clinical psychology postdoctoral fellowship with emphases in primary care and behavioral medicine and substance use disorders/PTSD is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association. The next site visit will be in 2021.

Application Deadline: December 18th

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Residency program reviews

"The residency program has been an invaluable learning experience which has shaped the way I view my role and practice as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner."

E. Yin



VA Northern California health care

"My experience at the Mather VA working with veterans, has without question, exceeded my expectations.  The PMHNP residency program has allowed me to challenge myself in the clinical setting to think and practice through complex medical and psychiatric situations, while offering a perfect balance of support and supervision as I transition into my new role as a Nurse Practitioner."

D. Nguyen

Diana Nguyen RN, DNP, PMHNP-BC


VA Northern California health care