Advanced Practice Clinical Education Certificate Program

Note: The Advanced Practice Clinical Education Certificate Program is on hiatus for the 2016-2017 academic year. No applications are being accepted. Further information will be provided at a later date.

If you have any questions about the program, please contact Mary Ellen Wilkosz:
Phone: 707-664-2297

About the Program

The Advanced Practice Clinical Education (APCE) Certificate program prepares practitioners for a role in academia as a clinical instructor and serves as a stepping stone to an expanded educational role.

The program is designed to meet the needs of the working Registered Nurse, Nurse Practitioner, or Physician's Assistant, and this certificate is recognized by the California Board of Registered Nursing and qualifies candidates to teach in an academic setting.

Students who complete the program satisfactorily will be awarded a $1500 stipend.

In addition, a generous grant from the Office for Statewide Health Planning and Development through Song Brown has reduced the cost per unit of this program pilot in Fall 2015 to $300/unit. The fee for the 8 units of the program is $2,400; the stipend will reduce this cost further.

Program Brochure

Program Format

The APCE program provides didactic and independent study as well as practical application of education theory in a clinical setting. With online content and asynchronous learning, you can learn wherever you may be.

The eight units of this hybrid program are taken in three classes over a total of nine months, from August to May, and are offered primarily online. There will be two on-campus intensives of eight hours each for which you will come to campus and meet as a group to discuss content and teaching strategies. You will also work side by side with Advanced Practice Registered Nurses in a practicum at a low-cost community clinic, directly interacting with students.

Application and Orientation

Applications for Fall 2015 will be accepted until September 1. The program will begin in early September 2015 with an orientation TBD.

Directions to campus can be found here. Please note that parking regulations are enforced 24/7. The campus map shows the location of the parking lots. Daily permits for Reserved lots are $8.00; General lots are $5.

For further information, please contact Mary Ellen Wilkosz at

Program Coordinator

Mary Ellen Wilkosz
Associate Professor & Specialty Director Family Nurse Practitioner Program
Nichols Hall 244
(707) 664-2297