The UCSF School of Nursing’s International Center for HIV/AIDS Research and Clinical Training in Nursing offers an HIV/AIDS Focus for primary care nurse practitioner students only. The HIV/AIDS Focus has been developed by UCSF SON faculty in partnership with the Pacific AIDS Education and Training Center, funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (Grant #: H4HA26223).
The offerings of this program are available to students in the UCSF Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGNP) or Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) programs. HIV/AIDS content is integrated into the primary care curricula for AGNP and FNP programs; however, additional HIV/AIDS offerings provide deeper coursework and HIV-focused clinical experiences to students with a specialized interest in caring for patient living with HIV/AIDS.
The HIV/AIDS Focus includes course content on HIV/AIDS prevention, pathophysiology, policy and systems of care, pharmacology, healthcare maintenance, clinical management, and sociocultural issues. Participating students must complete HIV/AIDS primary care residencies in settings such as:
- UCSF Positive Health Program/Ward 86
- UCSF Women’s HIV Program
- UCSF 360 Positive Health Program
- San Francisco Department of Public Health
- East Bay AIDS Center
- Kaiser Permanente
- Veterans Health Administration
- San Mateo County Department of Public Health Edison HIV Clinic
- Marin County Public Health Department
- LifeLong Medical Care: Community Health Care
- Clinica Esperanza at Mission Neighborhood Health Center
- Other community clinics and private practices
Upon completion of the HIV/AIDS Focus, graduates receive a certificate stating their specialization in HIV/AIDS primary care.
Students in the HIV/AIDS Focus must complete the AGNP or FNP general program requirements, plus additional units of course work as outlined below:
- N 242 Introduction to HIV/AIDS. Online. 1 unit.
- N 242A HIV/AIDS Epidemiology, Policy, and Prevention. Fall Quarter. 2 Units.
- N 242B HIV/AIDS Clinical Pharmacology. Spring Quarter. 1 Unit.
- N 242D HIV/AIDS Integrated Care. Fall Quarter. 2 Units.
In addition, students accepted in the HIV/AIDS Focus program complete 120+ hours of HIV/AIDS primary care clinical residency in the second year of study. These hours are integrated into the hours of clinical residency that are required for AGNP or FNP programs without lengthening the time to complete the programs.
Participants in the focus must meet the following eligibility criteria:
- Admission to the AGNP or FNP programs
- Maintained good academic standing
- Approval from academic advisor
- Willingness to sign an agreement to complete the HIV/AIDS Focus course and clinical requirements
To apply for the HIV/AIDS Focus, students should apply to the AGNP or FNP programs as outlined on the UCSF School of Nursing website. After acceptance to either NP program, an application to the HIV/AIDS Focus may be submitted. The application must be submitted by the second week of the start of school in the first year of study. To apply, submit the following:
- Letter of intent from the student stating why he or she wishes to pursue specialized training in HIV/AIDS, including how the training fits with his or her career goals
- Letter of support from the student’s advisor
Letters should be sent electronically to Christopher Fox (Christopher.Fox@ucsf.edu).
The HIV/AIDS Focus is administered jointly by the Department of Community Health Systems and the Department of Family Health Care Nursing. For more information, please contact:
Christopher Fox, RN, MS, ANP-BC
Department of Community Health Systems
UCSF School of Nursing
2 Koret Way, Box 0608
San Francisco, CA 94143-0608
Telephone: 415-502-5558 Fax: 415-476-6042