The CHAS Health Nurse Practitioner Residency Program has received accreditation from the National Nurse Practitioner Residency and Fellowship Training Consortium (NNPRFTC). The NNPRFTC serves as a national accrediting organization, focused on consistently upholding the principles of excellence in accreditation and clinical training while fostering innovation and leadership in healthcare. Accreditation shows the commitment of CHAS Health to provide the highest levels of rigorous clinical training for postgraduate trainees and the same high level of conduct in business practices.
The CHAS Health Nurse Practitioner Residency Clinic opened in August 2017, to help train the next generation of Nurse Practitioners beyond stand-alone education. The clinic is designed for fully licensed and credentialed ARNPs seeking to perfect their knowledge, skills, and abilities in a real world primary care setting. The program has expanded healthcare access to patients, while advancing the education of new nurse practitioners. The clinic has three long-term CHAS Health providers onsite, who provide guidance for three fully licensed ARNP Residents during the 13 month program.
Through accreditation, CHAS will be able to further develop program evaluation to identify strengths and weaknesses, on-going refinement of the curriculum and program enhancements to meet changing practice environments. For patients and communities, accreditation is beneficial because it promotes the health, safety and welfare of society by fostering the development of competent health professionals. Less than 10 programs are accredited nationally and CHAS Health was the first to successfully receive pre-accreditation prior to full accreditation.