Advanced Practice Providers

Advanced Practice Providers (APPs) are nationally certified and state licensed to provide diagnoses, treatments and follow-up. There is a strong representation of APPs across UK HealthCare, working in collaborative roles with physicians in all specialties of acute-care and clinical settings. The daily contributions by APPs to deliver “patient first,” high-quality health care is valued by physicians as well as by patients and their families.

Advanced Practice Providers online directory

UK HealthCare’s Office for Advanced Practice serves as the professional home for nurse practitioners, nurse anesthetists, clinical nurse specialists, nurse midwives and physician assistants.

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Office for Advanced Practice Provider Leadership



Lacey T. Buckler, DNP, ACNP-BC, NE-BC 
Chief Advanced Practice Officer


Mission & Vision

Our mission in the Office of Advanced Practice is to recruit and retain the best providers and help them practice at the top of their license.

Advanced Practice Recognition

APP Spotlight: Geri Sipe, APRN

Geri L. Sipe, DNP, APRN

We would like to recognize Geri Sipe, APRN, for the amazing job she does in the KCATS Transfer Center.
Geri works to field calls from referring physicians requesting a patient transfer to UK HealthCare. She also triages the patient waitlist, connects referring providers with specialty services and facilitates outpatient followup with our specialty clinics when possible in order to optimize access to care.  

Thank you, Geri, for your dedication to our patients and referring providers. We are glad to recognize you for a job well done!

If you would like to nominate a UK HealthCare APP for APP Spotlight recognition, please follow the link below. We accept nominations from colleagues, coworkers, supervisors and patients.


APP of the Month

This program will begin in September 2022. More details will be published here when they become available.

APP of the Year

This program will begin in September 2022. More details will be published here when they become available.


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Contact Us

Julie Bargo
Call 859-218-6164

Student Placement Request Process

The request submission window for Summer 2022 Advanced Practice Clinicals at UKHC opens on March 15, 2022, and will close on April 15, 2022. After April 15, 2022, Summer 2022 requests will no longer be accepted.

UKHC Advanced Practice Student Placement Request

When to Submit your Request:

  • Clinical Dates (these are the dates within which you want to complete clinical rotations):
    • Spring Semester: January 1-May 15
    • Summer Semester: May 16-July 31
    • Fall Semester: August 1-December 15
  • Request Submission Windows (based on the dates you want to complete clinicals, this is when you need to submit your request):
    • Spring Semester: October 15-November 15
    • Summer Semester: March 15-April 15
    • Fall Semester: July 15-August 15

Important Points to Consider:

  • We are obligated to place students enrolled in UK programs prior to placing students enrolled at other schools.
  • Your school’s approval of a placement from a curriculum standpoint does not confer placement approval at UKHC.   You must have documented approval from both the Office of Advanced Practice and Office of Observation and Learning Experience before you begin any clinical rotations at UKHC.
  • A student agreement between UKHC and your school must be on file before we can approve your placement. Check with your school representative to verify that your institution has a student agreement on file with UKHC.
  • You will receive email notification of your request status (approval or denial) from the Office of Advanced Practice approximately 4-6 weeks prior to the start date you requested.

Questions or concerns? Please email

Advanced Practice General Council

2022 General Council Chairpersons:

Katherine Hanley (, PA Representative

Nicole Brumfield (, NP Representative

Greg Buckler (, CRNA Representative

The Advanced Practice Council meets monthly on the fourth Tuesday of every month at 4pm. Council meetings are held via Zoom and all UK HealthCare advanced practice providers are encouraged to attend. For Zoom information, please contact

Advanced Practice General Council Meetings through 2022:

  • January 25, 2022  
  • February 22, 2022 
  • March 22, 2022
  • April 26, 2022
  • May 24, 2022
  • June 28, 2022
  • July 26, 2022
  • August 23, 2022
  • September 27, 2022
  • October 25, 2022
  • November 22, 2022
  • December 2022 (No meeting)

Residencies & Fellowships

At UK HealthCare, we are committed to providing opportunities to further educate Advanced Practice Providers. APPs can specialize their training through many of our outstanding post-graduate residency and fellowship programs.

List of programs:



Advancing Present Practice: A podcast created for Advanced Practice Providers and supported by the Office of Advanced Practice at the University of Kentucky.

Listen to conversations between Cori Arena, DNP and guests who have advanced our professional practice in response to being present with the needs of their community. During this podcast we have the opportunity to hear stories of the past to bring hope and inspiration for tomorrow.

Listen on Apple and Spotify.

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