Alex Peck is a nurse practitioner resident working at CommuniCare Health Centers
Alex Peck was a nurse practitioner resident in 2021-22 who worked at CommuniCare Health Centers in the Salud Clinic in West Sacramento.

Admissions criteria

The NP-PRACTICE Search Committee evaluates applicants based on their eligibility, relevant experiences, as well as personal and professional attributes. Admission decisions are driven by a commitment to diversity and dedication to caring for the medically underserved. 

Areas of consideration

  • Professional clinical competence and experience
    • Health care experience as a registered nurse and N.P. student
    • Experience working in interprofessional teams
  • Teaching experience
  • Scholarly or creative activities
    • Research experience
    • Quality improvement project experience
  • Leadership
  • Community and public service
  • Experience with or contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Experience working with underserved communities


  • Geographic origin (e.g., rural or underserved area)
  • Motivation for caring for the underserved
  • Intellectual curiosity
  • Communication skills, including listening and empathy
  • Professional responsibility and accountability
  • Values and ethical beliefs
  • Self-assessment and improvement skills
  • Altruism and compassion
  • Appreciation for diverse perspectives
  • Ability to work in interprofessional teams
  • Honesty and integrity
  • Must be a registered nurse (R.N.) with an unrestricted California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) R.N. license
  • Must have graduated with a master’s or doctoral degree from an accredited family, adult gerontological, women's health, psychiatric mental health or pediatric primary care nurse practitioner program within 18 months of the start of the residency program which is Oct. 1, 2024 (N.P. program completion cannot be earlier than April 1, 2023). Applicants who are pursuing but will not have completed their doctoral degree are eligible but must have completed the N.P. education portion of their D.N.P. program (allowing them to take a national certification exam by the dates outlined in the Credentialing Documents Checklist) within the 18-month window stated above.
  • Ability to work full-time in a practice setting at least 40 hours per week, which may include some evening hours
  • Must be willing to practice in an underserved or rural setting
  • Must be nationally board certified in your population category through ANCC or AANP (see specific certification deadlines that apply to you below)
  • Ability to provide the following credentialing documents (see specific certification deadlines based upon your group below).
    • California BRN unrestricted registered nurse
    • California nurse practitioner certification
    • California furnishing number certification
    • Current Basic Life Support (BLS) certification
    • National Provider Identification (NPI) number
    • Completed Schedule II Controlled Substances course
    • Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) license
    • Additional documents: Click on the appropriate category to see the Credentialing Documents Checklist that applies to you.

The Credentialing Documents Checklist outlines the documents that must be submitted prior to accepting an interview, when accepting a position in the program and prior to starting the program. Locate and carefully review the Credentialing Documents Checklist that applies to you based on your graduation date and whether you completed your N.P. program within or outside of California.

Applicants are strongly advised to plan well in advance to meet these deadlines. Waiting to start the certification process until you are offered an interview or are accepted into the program may not allow enough time to meet the deadlines, which could cause you to be dropped from the program.

For applicants who completed an N.P. program between Apr. 1 and Dec. 31, 2023:

For applicants who completed OR expect to complete an N.P. program between Jan. 1 and June 15, 2024: