APRN Residency

El Rio Health’s APRN Residency Program

Arizona’s 1st Postgraduate Nurse Practitioner Residency Program.

El Rio Health’s Mission is to empower the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) with the skill set and support needed to become a competent clinician who is confident to deliver excellent quality care to improve the health of the El Rio Health community and to train the clinician leaders of tomorrow in the Community Health Center movement.

Our Vision is to create an APRN Residency Program in Southern Arizona that creates highly competent, knowledgeable, and skilled APRN’s to serve the medical needs of not only the population of Tucson, Arizona but to become the state model of APRN training that would provide and improve access to quality healthcare for Arizona’s most vulnerable population.


We are proud to have a unique collaboration with Mariposa Community Health Center in Nogales, AZ. and Marana Healthcare in Marana, AZ to meet the healthcare needs of Arizona’s rural population by providing residency positions for new graduate nurse practitioners that would like to continue service at these sites. A limited number of dedicated residency positions will be offered to Family Nurse Practitioners passionate about community health with a desire to continue employment at Mariposa Health Center or Marana Community Health Center after successful completion of residency. The comprehensive residency curriculum will provide the specialized skill set and adequate preparation for successful practice in Rural Health.

El Rio Health FNP Danielle Potter and FNP Renee Burrous presented on Academic Partnerships in Postgraduate Training at the National Nurse Practitioner Residency and Fellowship Training Consortium 2nd Annual Conference.

Why Postgraduate Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Residency?

Our country faces an unprecedented demand for primary care providers who are trained to organize and deliver care that is timely, safe, effective, affordable and culturally competent.

Integrated primary care is our best strategy to ensure a healthcare home for all Americans, including special populations. Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), are the healthcare home for more than 27 million people in the U.S., and their primary care providers must be specialists in primary care for vulnerable populations.

APRNs are critically important providers in FQHCs, but have had to assume their roles in primary care without the benefit of formal post-graduate residency training programs to support the transition from new nurse practitioner to expert provider.

It’s time for a change.  As we create our healthcare future, the time for residency training for Family Nurse Practitioners using the nation’s best federally qualified health centers as the service institution base, is now!

APRN Residency Team (Jessica Smith, Danielle Potter, Daniela Torres, Jenny Ajl) doing community outreach for COVID-19.

Testimonial from an El Rio Health FNP

Application Process

Our application cycle for the 2019-2020 Residency Program is currently closed. If you would like more information about being added to our mailing list, click on the Apply button below.