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Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Residency Program

The Department of Nursing Professional Staff Development at the Tucson VA Medical Center offers a Post Graduate Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Residency Program for board certified Advance Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) in Adult Gerontology or Family Practice. It is a twelve-month residency in Primary Care in partnership with the University of Arizona.

Residents will enjoy full-time employment while completing 2080+ hours of 1:1 mentoring with Primary Care Providers in a Primary Care outpatient setting. In addition, collaborative, interprofessional practice opportunities will occur in Dermatology, Pain Management, Mental Health, Women’s Health, Podiatry, Pulmonology and Gastroenterology Clinics. Residents will be in clinic 32-hours a week with a patient caseload and have 8 hours to dedicate to a robust didactic curriculum. Our program currently supports two to four residents bi-annually (Spring and Fall).  This is a funded position though the Veterans Affairs Nursing Office of Academic Affiliations and includes vacation, sick leave, health care.

Mission Statement

The mission of The Tucson VA Primary Care Nurse Residency Program is to develop competent, confident, practice-ready Nurse Practitioners equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to address the specific needs of our nation's Veterans in the Veterans Health Care Administration and community. The program seeks to enhance recruitment and retention of VA Nurse Practitioners by providing a constant supply of highly qualified APRN’s into the workforce.

Residents will master Primary Clinical Care under the mentorship of master clinicians. They will have the opportunity to participate in didactic learning in Primary and Specialty Care, including observations, hands-on specialty care, teaching, service learning, and Evidence Based Practice. The PC-NP Residency Program seeks to create exceptional PC-Nurse Practitioners who will be able to care for the complex Veteran patient.

Program Goals

  • Prepare Nurse Practitioner’s to become competent providers in Primary Care
  • Develop and deliver an experiential curriculum that integrates the teacher-scholar model
  • Contribute to an expanding body of knowledge of Advance Practice Nursing
  • Serve as a resource within professional, academic, and social communities
  • Graduate Nurse Practitioners who demonstrate professional excellence


Our core curriculum is composed of clinical competencies, which are instrumental in the development of the competent PC-Nurse Practitioner practicing in the Primary Care setting.  The competencies are comprised of weekly independent readings, 1:1 clinical instruction, didactic sessions, and integrated learning projects with opportunities for teaching, research, and community service, along with supplemental online materials.  These competencies and online training compliment weekly mentored advanced clinical practice in Primary Care across clinical settings.

  • Practice Based Learning
  • Quality Improvement and Patient safety
  • Communication and Conflict Management
  • Professional Roles and Responsibilities
  • Resource Utilization
  • Health Delivery Systems
  • Information and Technology
  • Interprofessional Collaboration
  • Stress Management
  • Leadership
  • Professional Development
  • Veteran Centric Care
  • Primary Care Specific: Knowledge of Basic Science
  • Primary Care Specific: Knowledge of Adult Gerontological Disorders
  • Primary Care Specific: Knowledge of Diagnostic Criteria
  • Primary Care Specific: Knowledge of Pharmacotherapy
  • Patient Care Competencies: Assessment and Health
  • Patient Care Competencies: Diagnosis
  • Patient Care Competencies: Treatment
  • Patient Care Competencies: Follow-Up and Evaluation
  • Patient Care Competencies: Promotion of Optimal Health
  • Patient Care Competencies: Patient and Family Education

Residency Experiences

  • Primary Care
  • Specialty Care (Podiatry, Pulmonology, PC Mental Health, Gastrointestinal and Dermatology)
  • Women’s Health
  • Wellness Programs (Whole Health)
  • Engagement Programs (Crucial Conversations)
  • Policy and practice issues (State APRN Conference)

Residency Requirements

  • US Citizenship
  • Graduation recent (within 12 months) of a master’s or doctoral level Nurse Practitioner Program accredited by CCNE or ACEN
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Be serving in his/her first Nurse Practitioner role in Primary Care specialty practice area
  • Possess a current board certification in either Adult-Gerontological Nurse Practitioner or Family Nurse Practitioner board certification
  • Current active and unrestricted license as an RN and APRN in a state, commonwealth or territory of the US or DC
  • Be proficient in spoken and written English
  • Must be able to complete 365 days of training starting August 2022


  • work stipend
  • Health insurance
  • Paid leave days: 4 hours vacation/pay period; 4 hours of sick time/pay period; 11 Federal holidays
  • Personal workstation laptop
  • Office supplies
  • Medical Library access

Eligibility Requirements

  • Three letters of reference, including one reference from a graduate nursing faculty member
  • Health Care Professional Trainee Drug Testing Memo
  • Application for Health Professions Trainees
  • Form DD-214 (if you are a Veteran)
  • Checklist for Health Professional Trainees
  • VA Form OF-306 Optional Form 306 (Rev. October 2011) (
  • VA Form 10-2850D; 
  • Detailed resume/CV
  • Cover letter
  • If you meet the above requirements, please submit the application including an essay detailing why you are interested in the program

Spring/Fall 2023 Cohort

Application Deadline for 2023 Spring Cohort:  November 18, 2022 for an intended start date of March 18, 2023

Application Deadline for 2023 Fall Cohort: April 14, 2023 for an intended start date of August 7, 2023

Email all applications and information to:

Lesley Pyron DNP, FNP-BC

Program Coordination Director NPR Program

Southern Arizona VA (SAVAHCS)

3601 S. 6th Ave

Tucson, AZ 85723

520-792-1450 extension 1-1220