The UCSF School of Nursing’s International Center for HIV/AIDS Research and Clinical Training in Nursing offers an HIV/AIDS Minor for primary care nurse practitioner students only. The HIV/AIDS Minor 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 (AGPCNP) 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 patients living with HIV/AIDS.

The HIV/AIDS Minor 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 Minor, graduates receive a certificate stating their specialization in HIV/AIDS primary care.

To read about the seminal role that UCSF nurses have played in HIV/AIDS clinical care, education, research, visit "The Unbroken Chain: Three Decades of HIV/AIDS Nursing" in the Science of Caring (November 2014).


Students in the HIV/AIDS Minor 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. (In development.)
  • 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 Clinical Management. Fall Quarter. 2 Units.
  • N 248 HIV Grand Rounds. Fall-Spring Quarter. 1 Unit.

In addition, students accepted in the HIV/AIDS Minor 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 AGPCNP or FNP programs without lengthening the time to complete the programs.

Eligibility and Application

Participants in the minor must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Admission to the AGPCNP or FNP programs
  • Good academic standing
  • Approval from academic advisor
  • Willingness to sign an agreement to complete the HIV/AIDS Minor course and clinical requirements

To apply for the HIV/AIDS Minor, 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 Minor may be submitted. The application must be submitted within the first year of study. To apply, submit the following:

Submit forms in hardcopy or electronic format to Kellie Freeborn