Advanced Clinical Practice

Nurses with advanced degrees (master's level or beyond) have a unique opportunity to make a positive impact in the Duke University Health System. The Department of Advanced Clinical Practice at Duke Health is divided into 12 teams based on clinical area of specialty, each with a dedicated team leader in a clinical role. Advanced Practice Nurses (APNs) are available for consultation to a variety of clients, including staff nurses, community-based physicians affiliated with Duke's primary care network, administrators, and other health care providers, as well as patients and their families.

The Department of Advanced Clinical Practice at Duke Health is comprised of:

  • Critical Care Nurse Practitioners
  • Physician Assistants
  • Certified Nurse-Midwives
  • Lactation Consultants
  • Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • Nurse Clinicians
  • Nurse Practitioners



Following the completion of certification and licensure, a Duke PA will practice within a supervisory relationship with a physician. PAs can further their education at Duke by pursuing specialized clinical postgraduate programs. Duke offers PAs, 12-month residency programs in Orthopedic Surgery, General Surgery, Emergency Medicine, Neurology and soon to be added Transplant Surgery and Critical Care Medicine.