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the application period for the 2021 cohort is now closed. Information about the 2022 SNAPT cohort will be available late summer 2021. 

Watch the October 1, 2020 SNAPT student information session here. (Access password: Nursing)

What is SNAPT?

The Supporting Nursing Advanced Practice Transition (SNAPT) Fellowship is an exciting opportunity for talented primary care JHSON NP students who are seeking employment as family nurse practitioners in Maryland. The SNAPT Fellowship facilitates a seamless transition for AP-DNP students from academic coursework to graduate professional specialty practice. The Fellowship was developed with the intent to address the needs of NPs transitioning into practice, allowing for an individualized approach to meet the goals of competency; to increase confidence, resilience, preceptor productivity and retention.

Students accepted to the program will complete their final 6 month clinical rotation at a primary care site in Maryland. They will then be hired and begin a 6 month paid fellowship and then transition to a permanent position in the practice. Our SNAPT partner institution for 2021 is Johns Hopkins Community Physicians.


NP graduates are transitioning to the primary care environment with less time to develop confidence in their diagnostic, management, and resiliency skills. At the same time, primary health care needs are also changing as the population ages and the number of people with multiple co-morbidities increase, presenting more demands and fiscal constraints on all providers. The goal of the SNAPT program is to The Supporting Nursing Advanced Practice Transition (SNAPT) Fellowship is an exciting opportunity for community health care practices to recruit and retain talented APRNs who are seeking employment as family nurse practitioners in Maryland.

What is the SNAPT Fellowship Timeline?

SNAPT is a novel 12-month curriculum-to-career fellowship program for new primary care nurse practitioner students. The program includes structured didactic sessions, focused clinical training and support in all aspects of transition to practice including resiliency, mental health, business acumen, population health, complex care, functional medicine, reproductive health and collaborative care. There are three phases to the program.

Phase I, 4 months (January – April)

The program commences in the students’ final 5 months of APRN studies. Students are placed at a clinical practice site to complete their final semester clinical hours. This site has agreed to hire them as a fellow for the transition to practice fellowship. In addition to a clinical immersion, students take a 3 credit Transitions to Practice Course, and receive resiliency training. Student graduate from JHSON, and complete their Board Certification Review.

Phase II, 8 months (May – December)

After graduation APRN SNAPT Fellows participate in a 3-week Transition to Practice Boot Camp that includes didactic, skills and Observed Structured Clinical Exams (OSCEs). Fellows take and pass their Board Certification Exam and complete credentialing  requirements for hire by their clinical practice site. The paid fellowship begins with the APRN starting their practice while receiving 1 to 1 on-site mentorship and weekly meeting with a JHSON faculty liaison.   Mentoring session include supportive weekly topic discussions, case conferences, didactic modules and reflective journaling/ongoing resiliency training.

Phase III, 2 years

As part of their commitment to the program Fellows will continue with their practice for one additional year, further mastering their skills. At the end of this second year, Fellows will be engaged as preceptors for students in the AP-DNP program. At the end of their third year of practice, Fellows will be encouraged to complete the training to become a Mentor to future Fellows. CNE training and certification is encouraged.

What will participants gain?

  • A paid NP Fellowship experience
  • Career placement in your desired area of primary care NP practice. Proceed directly to the workforce upon graduation. You are hired by the practice where you completed your final clinical rotation assuming you meet all of its hiring and performance criteria.
  • Mentorship—One-on-one ongoing support and guidance beyond graduation with an experienced provider at your place of employment and a faculty mentor at JHSON who will help you transition smoothly from academia to practice.
  • Built in support to balance work your transition to practice. Your employer has already agreed to support you as you gain confidence and competence as a primary care provider
  • Benefit from access to free online learning modules and weekly . Modules are tailored to provide solutions to professional challenges and suggestions on areas for growth that new nurses may encounter upon entering the workforce.

Criteria for admission

  • Ready to enter your final semester of a primary care NP program at JHSON
  •  Committed to remaining in Maryland for at least 3 years post-graduation for JHSON NP Program
  • Successfully interview with SPAN selection committee and NP leadership from partner health care facility
  • Satisfy hiring criteria mandated by partner institution
  • Be committed to your employer and the program for three years

How can I apply?

Interested JHSON primary care NP students will apply online to the program in September 2020. Applicants will completed the SNAPT Questionnaire. In addition to the application question on the questionnaire, applicants will need to upload:

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Applicant Essay
  3. Official graduate transcripts – proof of good academic standing
  4. Enrollment with anticipation of graduation in May 2021
  5. Signed Memorandum of Understanding
  6. Completed FERPA form

Additionally, three (3) letters of recommendation are required. (One (1) from JHUSON faculty, one (1) clinical instructor or preceptor, and one (1) colleague or supervisor in RN practice).

References  writing a letter of recommendation should go to this link, answer the questions, and upload their letters of recommendation through the website no later than midnight, October 31, 2020.

Essays should address the following four questions. Each response should be 250 words or less per question Essays longer than specified will not be read. Please answer the following in your essay:

  1. Describe your previous nursing experience.
  2. What are your three most important professional goals and how will these goals be furthered by participation in the SNAPT Fellowship program?
  3. What are your current/potential interests in clinical practice (population, setting, care delivery model)?
  4. Tell us about a success you’ve seen in either a clinical or educational setting welcoming diversity and/or inclusion and improving health equity and how you might bring that success to our program?.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

The selection process

Application will be reviewed by JHSON SNAPT Faculty. Qualified applicants will be invited for an interview. If admitted to the program students will then interview with practice leaders at their clinical practice site to determine a goodness of fit for their practice. Students will be informed of their final status and placement no later than December 1, 2020

Application deadline for Spring 2021 cohort Midnight, October 31, 2020.

Letters of recommendation from references are due no later than October 31, 2020. Requests for extensions must be requested at least 2 days before this deadline.

More information

Sarah Firestone, SNAPT Program Manager


The SNAPT Program is produced with the assistance of a Nurse Support II Program grant #21-111 under the auspices of the Health Services Cost Review Commission. Opinions, findings, and conclusions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the position or policy of the Health Services Cost Review Commission, and no official endorsement should be inferred.