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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.

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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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APP Council Meetings

Next Inpatient Council Meeting: TBD

Advanced Practice Provider Spotlight

Meet Julie Gurwell

Julie Gurwell

The University of Kentucky Office of Advanced Practice is pleased to announce a new APP Spotlight Profile honoring Julie Gurwell. 

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  • 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.

  • Student Placement Request Process

    Any APP student seeking placement for clinical hours at UK Healthcare must submit a request to the UKHC APP Office using the Student Placement Request form. To contact, email

    Important Points to Consider

    • These guidelines are for students not currently enrolled in the UK College of Nursing or UK College of Health Sciences Physician Assistant Program. If you are a current UK CON or UK CHS PA student seeking placement, please contact your student advisor for placement guidelines.
    • We make a diligent attempt to place all APP students who have requested placement at UK Healthcare. However, due to the high volume of requests and limited preceptor availability, we cannot guarantee a placement to any student. You will be notified via email once approval is received. You will also be notified via email if a placement is not available at this time

    Once you have received email confirmation of placement approval from the APP Office, you must contact the Office of Observation and Learning Experience to complete the second step of the placement process.

    Office of Observation and Learning Experience Requirements

    You must complete the required paperwork from the Office of Observation and Learning Experience (OLE) before you can begin any clinical hours. You may contact them directly at All forms from the OLE office must be completed and turned in at least two weeks prior to your expected start date. You cannot begin any clinical hours until you have an ID badge, and you must display the student placard with the badge at all times while obtaining clinical hours.


    Please note that requests for Spring 2020 clinical placements have been approved or denied, and we are no longer accepting new requests for this term.  We will begin accepting requests for Summer 2020 on March 1, 2020 and Fall requests will be accepted beginning May 1, 2020.

    • Spring (Jan. 1 - May 15): Requests must be received by October 15. 
    • Summer (May 16 - Aug. 15): Requests must be received by April 1. 
    • Fall (Aug. 16 - Dec. 31): Requests must be received by July 1.

    View Request Form

  • APP Councils

    Inpatient Council Co-chairs: Tasha Groves & Paula Works

    Ambulatory Council Co-chairs: Melissa Czarapata & Kate Moore

    The Advanced Practice Council is comprised of representatives amongst Nurse Practitioners, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Nurse Anesthetists, and Physician Assistants, all from diverse clinical backgrounds including Adult and Pediatric Ambulatory Care, Acute Care, and Critical Care. The council provides a forum for discussion of issues (national, state, and institutional) relevant to the scope and standards of practice for advance practice providers.