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Advance Practice Clinician (NP or PA) - UHS

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Work type: Staff Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Nursing Services
Union: PSU
Categories: Health & Medical Services

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.


Job Summary

Under general direction of Medical Director for University Health Services and direct supervision of one or more physicians, the Advance Practice Clinician (APC) provides health care for patients of the University Health Service (UHS). Evaluates and treats common acute injuries and illness using guidelines and physician consultation by phone when necessary. Triages and refers patients to physicians that require further evaluation.


Essential Functions

  • Manages acute, episodic, or stable chronic illness or injury. Takes patient medical history, performs a physical examination, and evaluates age related patient development. Orders and/or performs appropriate laboratory and other diagnostic tests, Interprets results of tests, and makes appropriate clinical judgments. Assesses physical and psychosocial health/illness status of patients. Recognizes abnormalities and brings to the attention of physician those not covered by standard guidelines. Regulates medications and diet, provides psychosocial support and counseling. Prescribes medications following guidelines. Dispenses starter doses of medication to patients when Pharmacy is closed. Uses Universal Precautions when exposed to blood and body fluids.
  • Coordinates all phases of patient health care. Makes arrangements for outside examinations and refers patients to other health care professionals. Provides health education and teaching.
  • Maintains working knowledge of emergency equipment.
  • Provides functional supervision to RNs, Clinic Assistants and other support staff in the area.
  • Keeps precise problem-oriented health records.
  • Participates in regularly scheduled department and organizational meetings, task forces, and committees. Participates in programs of quality improvement, peer review, and continuing education.
  • Understands and contributes to implementation of departmental and institutional goals for achieving non-discrimination and creating a multi-cultural environment.


Other Functions

  • Performs other related duties as required.


Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Education Requirements for Nurse Practitioners:
    • Graduate of an accredited BS degree nursing education program or equivalent experience, and completion of Masters level program for Nurse Practitioner.
    • Current license to practice professional nursing, and practitioner certificate from a national nursing organization and current registration in Massachusetts.
  • Education Requirements for Physician’s Assistants:
    • Graduate of an accredited Physician’s Assistant program.
    • Current license as a Physician’s Assistant.
  • Requirements for all APCs (NP & PA):
    • Two (2) years of APC experience (1 year of which may be in clinical education experience).
    • Experience in prescriptive practice in an ambulatory care setting.
    • Experience in interpreting diagnostic tests including laboratory and x-ray results.
    • Currently certified in basic CPR.
    • Ability to exercise considerable independent judgment and ability to make assessments quickly and accurately.


Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Experience in Occupational Health.
  • DOT Physical Certification.


Physical Demands/Working Conditions

  • Typical medical and walk-in clinic environment.
  • Must be able to lift and transfer patients.


Additional Details

  • This position is designated as essential personnel.
  • Functions with a high level of autonomy.


Work Schedule

  • Provides these services primarily on weekdays, but may have evening and weekend shifts.
  • In addition to regularly scheduled clinic hours, shares Walk-in Clinic coverage and on-call responsibilities as needed to cover day, evening, weekend, and holiday shifts.
  • 52-week appointment.


Salary Information

Level 31

PSU Salary Ranges 


Special Instructions to Applicants

Along with the application, please submit a resume, cover letter, copy of current CPR certification, and contact information for three (3) professional references. Include Registered Nurse License and Certified Nurse Practitioner License or Physician’s Assistant License numbers and expiration dates on your resume. The search will remain open until filled.


UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

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