Carolinas HealthCare System

Center for Advanced Practice

The Center for Advance Practice (CAP) is an innovative advanced practice program initiated by Carolinas HealthCare System. The program provides Advanced Clinical Practitioners (ACPs) with support and a variety of resources throughout the advanced practice lifecycle; from education to transition to practice and throughout their professional lifespan.

The ACP community is comprised of Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists, Clinical Nurse Specialists and Certified Nurse Midwives.

Carolinas HealthCare System is one of the first healthcare systems in the nation to create a system-wide, comprehensive approach for optimizing the crucial role of ACPs in response to the changing healthcare delivery platform.

The CAP Program Includes:

  • A centralized resource center dedicated to defining and optimizing the role of  Advanced Clinical Practitioners across Carolinas HealthCare System.
  • A graduate acute care nurse practitioner program in partnership with UNC-Charlotte
  • A paid, post-graduate ACP fellowship program for NPs and PAs

What We Do

  • Collaboration and coordination with physician leadership
  • Coordination of ACP education within Carolinas HealthCare System (graduate, post-grad and CME)
  • Resource for departments and practices on issues surrounding ACP employment (regulatory/credentialing)
  • Center for research on best practices of ACP utilization (practice model innovation – teaching collaborative
    decision making and delegation)
  • Center for professional development and mentoring for ACPs and physicians
  • Platform for system-wide communication to and from ACPs
  • Address ACP satisfaction/retention
  • Center to coordinate clinical placements of ACP students within Carolinas HealthCare System facilities
  • Clearinghouse of information regarding ACP utilization and functions within Carolinas HealthCare System

Supervising or Practicing as an ACP?

The NP Rules and Regulations video and the Keeping your license in good standing with the North Carolina Medical Board video will provide Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners and supervising Physicians vital information to help providers understand the rules and regulations of practicing within Carolinas Healthcare System and the state of North Carolina. This is presented by the CHS Center for Advanced Practice as a tool to ensure that all CHS practices are in good standing for licensure throughout the system and state levels. Read More About the CAP Fellowship Program

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