Graduate Nursing Education Primary Care Scholars 

Graduate Nursing Education Primary Care Scholars (GNEPCS) are current nurse practitioner students planning to provide primary care in one of Alabama’s rural-designated counties upon graduation. Primary Care Scholars enroll in the same courses as their classmates but receive mentoring, individualized content relative to rural health issues, preceptorships with rural health providers and other opportunities for professional and leadership development. 

Fact Sheets


Primary Care Scholars

About Primary Care Scholars


GNEPCS focuses on educating more advanced practice nurses to work in underserved areas, and on building networks connecting Alabama’s existing rural health care providers with one another and UAB to reach more Alabamians needing primary care. 

It creates a pipeline of nurses from rural Alabama counties for recruitment into primary care nurse practitioner programs as Primary Care Scholars.

The primary care nurse practitioner tracks eligible for participation are:

  • NP Family
  • NP Pediatric Primary Care
  • NP Primary/Acute Pediatric
  • NP Adult-Gero Primary Care
  • NP Adult-Gero/Women’s Health

A central theme driving GNEPCS is generating and sharing new knowledge. It is structured to produce new curricula for teaching students, develop best practice models, and establish an annual summit for health care providers across the state to learn and share approaches for helping the medically underserved.  

Primary Care Scholars Will:


  • Gain clinical experience in rural health settings in Alabama with primary care providers
  • Participate in monthly mentoring sessions providing opportunities to share clinical experiences, discuss timely topics in rural health, and learn from guest speakers
  • Be encouraged to grow as advocates for improving access and patient care in rural Alabama by participating in networking opportunities and engaging at the local, state and national level in professional organizations dedicated to improving health for rural and underserved populations
  • Have access to content specifically created by expert practitioners for primary care providers practicing in rural Alabama
  • Participate in an annual educational summit, which includes face-to-face networking, hands-on skills training and learning from experts in the field 



  • Establish primary care clinical training sites in Alabama’s rural and underserved areas where scholars gain hands-on-experience working with exceptional rural providers
  • Provide ongoing professional development to meet the needs of rural primary care providers, preceptors and scholars though distance-accessible activities, including webinars
  • Create primary care nurse practitioner leaders in rural health for Alabama and beyond

Admission Requirements 


To apply you must first be admitted to one of the primary care NP tracks in the School’s MSN program. MSN program admission requirements:

  • Bachelor of Science (or higher degree) in Nursing from an accredited school, equivalent to the one offered by the UAB School of Nursing
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) either cumulatively or on the last 60 semester credit hours 
  • Three letters of professional reference attesting to the applicant’s potential for graduate study 
  • Official copy of all transcripts from previous educational programs

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*Individual specialty tracks may have additional experience requirements, please review the specialty track application information listed on the School’s website, 

Primary Care Scholars Webinars


Current GNEPCS Webinars
Archived GNEPCS Webinars

Are you a rural practitioner who would like to precept one of our scholars? 


You have a great deal to offer and we hope you will consider partnering with us in our efforts to prepare the future nurse practitioners needed to address the needs of Alabama. As a rural nurse practitioner working with students in the UAB School of Nursing Graduate Education Primary Care Scholars initiative, you have the opportunity to invest in the providers of tomorrow. Click here for more information on becoming a preceptor.

For application process information or how to become a preceptor:

LaCretia Plane 
Program Manager
205.975.9074  |