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Brought to you by the UPMC Office of Advanced Practice Providers and the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS), this program serves as an introductory course to leadership as an APP.

Curriculum includes eight interactive modules over a 16-week schedule designed to fit into the work-life balance of a busy clinician.

Fall 2022 Course is now in session.


Kori Morgan, CRNP - UPMC

“All the modules in the course were beneficial. I don't think there were any that I didn't feel were relevant to me or my clinical practice.”



Adanma Okereh, CNM - UPMC

“I was hearing from the other people and the other participants about what their lived experiences were and how it has shaped them as advanced practitioners. I have always known about injustices but in taking this course, it has opened my eyes to the injustices and inequality that affect patients and providers. I have decided to be an advocate for positive change and to be an ally for those who need it most, and the course has built up my skills to do so.”

Read more about Adanma's experience.

Elisha Peregino, CRNP - Penn State Health Hershey Medical Center

“The curriculum is comprehensive and inclusive of all APPs, which was important to me since I practice alongside many different providers. The self-paced modules allowed me to do the coursework around my work and PhD program schedules. I also found the depth of APP experts and leaders paired with an interactive forum to be exciting and it has contributed to my personal and professional growth.”

Read more about Elisha's experience.

Laura Abels, RN, DNP - Akron Children's Hospital in Akron, Ohio

“The course has everything very intentionally outlined to say, ‘This is the best way that you can learn how to communicate with your folks.’ And then I can model that and teach it to them so that they can use it with and among others. I am very excited now to be able to recommend it to our new APP leads because I think it is exactly what they need to start. Content and concepts from some of my presentations or programming led me to tell my mentees that if you like this type of content, you should consider this full APP course at Pitt.”

Read more about Laura's experience.

Gina Lechene, NP, DNP - UPMC

Gina Lechene"Furthering my education has been on my mind the last 3-4 years, however I was intimidated to start my doctorate because I have four small kids and I didn’t want to lose any time with them. But after enrolling in this course, it got me back into the “swing” of being a professional learner, showed me that I can manage my time for further education, and ultimately gave me the confidence that I can and will complete my doctorate. I am enrolled to begin my doctoral program in June!"

Michael Pippi, PA-C - UPMC

Michael Pippi"This course will challenge what you believe is your leadership style and equip you with the tools to pivot as a leader in a diverse clinical or educational setting. This course will also expose the learner to experts in multiple disciplines of leadership from clinical, health informatics and academia. The course challenged my previous leadership style and challenged me to be introspective as a leader and a person."



The Fall course begun on Friday August 26, 2022. Registration is closed for fall and will open next spring. To inquire about registration for the next course, email Debby Farkas (

In an effort to diversify the course participants, be inclusive of all APP professions, and promote interdisciplinary discussions among the various professions, we may need to limit the number of participants from each profession in a given course.  If limits are imposed, they will be communicated through this site. Thank you for understanding.

Course tuition is $1100.


The APP Leadership Certificate Course is unique in its inclusivity and collaboration with the following disciplines: Certified Nurse Midwifery, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthesia, Physician Assistant and Nurse Practitioner. You will learn pathways beyond clinical leadership for professional development including key skill development and how to become a more effective leader in your organization with this 16-week course. You will emerge with key personal and leadership strategies that will prepare you to successfully continue on your path of professional development.

Program Goals

  • Introduce Advanced Practice Provider Leadership (APP) Pathways
  • Provide tools for the provider to navigate the transition into APP Leadership
  • Discuss communication strategies and how to develop your executive presence
  • Provide insight to the dynamics of a health care system and emerging as an effective leader

Program Components and Participant Expectations

This program is designed with flexibility for the demanding schedule of an active clinician and offered in a virtual format. The program is organized into 8 bi-weekly online modules. Each module will have a pre-recorded video component that is broken down into manageable segments allowing the clinician to watch at their convenience. Meaningful interactions and network opportunities with colleagues, educational staff and leadership experts are integrated throughout the course to enhance the experience.

To complete the program successfully, participants are expected to fulfill the following:

  • Complete all program self-assessments (pre/post evaluations) and session evaluations.
  • Participate in the online components of the course.
  • Meet all deadlines outlined in the course schedule.

At the Conclusion of the Course

Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion from the University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences.

For More Information

Please contact Amy Haller, MPAS, PA-C, MBA, director for the UPMC Center for Advanced Practice Education and the co-director of the APP Leadership Course, at

Tuition Scholarship 

As leaders of this course, we recognize that every individual has their own “distance traveled,” which represents lived experience, including the barriers and challenges they have overcome to reach their personal and professional goals. 

“Distance traveled” is unique to each individual and often includes circumstances we are born into or that occur early in our lives that continue to affect us as adult professionals.  

One major factor in “distance traveled” is intergenerational mobility: A person’s ability to access opportunities to obtain a high-quality education and their career, income and wealth goals are directly influenced by their family or foster care upbringing (including such factors as parental income, culture, thoughts/beliefs and others) and demographics (race, class and gender). 

Additionally, individuals of minoritized gender identities, sexual orientations, ability/disability statuses, national origins, and other identities, backgrounds and experiences often face significant disadvantages as they pursue their goals.

Through this scholarship, we are using the privilege of financial resources to ease the path to leadership for as many of our colleagues as we can. We ask anyone registering in this course to consider applying for this scholarship, but keep in mind your current resource​s ​and only apply if you are in need of financial assistance with this course.

How to Apply for the APP Tuition Scholarship

Using 500 words or less, inform us how your “distance traveled” has contributed to where you are today–and how the APP Leadership course will help propel you to reach your next goals.

Email your submission as an attached Word document to by the end of the day on December 1 2022. Three scholarships for the full course tuition will be offered for the course that begins in January 2023.


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