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Emory School of Nursing family nurse practitioner residency program is the first in Georgia to receive national accreditation
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A north Georgia family nurse practitioner (FNP) residency program has received accreditation from the National Nurse Practitioner Residency and Fellowship Training Program (“The Consortium”) – the result of a strong partnership between the Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing and MedLink Georgia, a Colbert, Georgia-based non-profit community health center that serves northeast Georgia.

The North Georgia Advance Practice Provider (NoGAPP) residency program is focused on providing new family nurse practitioners with a structured clinical experience to enhance the transition into practice. It was created through a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant focused on building an infrastructure to support and sustain an FNP residency program in rural Georgia.

NoGAPP is the first FNP residency program in a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) to receive the accreditation in the state of Georgia.

“Being the first Georgia FNP residency program in an FQHC to receive accreditation from The Consortium provides a major boost for NoGAPP,” says Dr. Bethany Robertson, DNP, CNM, FNAP, who serves as the academic practice partnership liaison for the School of Nursing and the HRSA project director. “This landmark moment advances the ability of NoGAPP to provide smooth transitions for new nurse practitioners in rural community health centers.”

Since opening in 2020, the NoGAPP program has graduated nine residents. On July 1, NoGAPP welcomed its third class comprised of nine new residents. In addition to the accreditation, the program expanded its footprint this year and is now partnering with East Georgia Healthcare Center, which serves residents in southeast Georgia, and Community Health Care Systems, which delivers care in the eastern and central parts of the state. The residency will now cover 40 counties that can supply primary care across a network of FQHCs.

“NoGAPP is a fantastic collaboration that is improving health outcomes for individuals and families,” says Dr. Suzanne Price, DNP, FNP, who serves as NoGAPP program director on behalf of MedLink. “The new accreditation will strengthen NoGAPP’s capacity to continue developing a program that is making a difference in underserved communities.”

For more information, visit NoGAPP.

About the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing

Emory University's Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing produces nurse leaders who are transforming healthcare through science, education, practice, and policy. Graduates go on to become national and international leaders in patient care, public health, government, research, and education. Others become qualified to seek certification as nurse practitioners and nurse-midwives. The doctor of nurse practice (DNP) program trains nurse anesthetists and advanced leaders in healthcare administration. The school also maintains a PhD program in partnership with Emory's Laney Graduate School. For more information, visit

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