Minnie Jones Health Center

257 Biltmore Avenue

Asheville, North Carolina 28801


Tel:  828-285-0622

Fax: 828-285-9831









8am - 7pm

8am - 7pm

8am - 7pm

8am - 7pm

8am - 5pm



This health center  receives HHS funding and has Federal Public Health Service (PHS) deemed status with respect to certain health or health-related claims, including medical malpractice claims, for itself and its covered individuals.

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Advanced Practice Safety Net

Our Program

The FQHC-based Advanced Practice Clinician residency program is a 13-month intensive immersion "transition to practice" program that prepares Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants for the challenging and rewarding practice of primary care safety net medicine. 


Learn more about Our Program


Read our APSNR white paper.

Our Mission

To cultivate a growing workforce of primary care advanced practice clinicians who understand and are dedicated to serving the needs of Western North Carolina’s healthcare safety net.


Read more about our background.

Apply/Request Information

Space is very limited and only those with a strong intent to practice in a primary care safety net setting are encouraged to apply.


Details on applications and timelines.

Our Residency Classes

How to Apply


1. Dedicated intent to practice in a safety net setting;

2. Graduate of an NP or PA program, can be a new graduate or changing focus of practice to primary care;

3. Licensed or eligible for licensing in North Carolina;

4. Completed application packet




1. Letter of introduction, including why you want to practice primary care in a safety net setting;

2. Updated/current CV;

3. Two (2) letters of recommendation;

4. Graduate school transcripts (preliminary accepted if not yet graduated at time of interview)


*interviews are offered to select candidates after completed application packet is reviewed.




March 1 - Begin accepting application packets for the 2019-20 class which begins September 2019

April 30 - Deadline for submitting application packet 

May - Interviews for select applicants

June - Candidates notified of decision

First day of residency begins in September of 2019 (exact date TBA) 


Application packet can be emailed to:


For more information, please contact:

Karen Ives, Clinical Administrative Assistant

Our APSNR Program


  • Provide a model of post-graduate training which may become the long- term local solution for the predicted shortage of primary care providers.

  • Provide Advanced Practice Clinicians (APCs) with the comprehensive, integrated primary care training necessary to transition successfully into practice. 

  • Approach primary care treatment plans integrating behavioral health concepts.

  • Broaden the clinical, collaborative and communication skills of APCs

  • Augment the APCs’ knowledge base with training in primary care for special populations.

  • Enhance our preceptors’ and mentors’ knowledge base by sharing resident’s awareness of the most current practice guidelines.



  • A majority of our residents will choose to serve in a safety net healthcare setting in Western North Carolina.

  • Residents who choose work outside of the healthcare safety net will transition to practice with confidence.

  • All residents will demonstrate core competencies in comprehensive assessments and personalized care plans.

  • Our residents respect, incorporate, and complement other professional's roles.

  • Residents will participate in precepting as a mechanism of their own professional development

  • Exhibit confidence by grasping the foundation of care provided to transgender clients and clients living with HIV.

  • Our residents will exhibit clinical quality improvement in all aspects of care.



  • We train APCs in a model of healthcare that includes integrated teams for same day and planned care visits utilizing preventive, acute and chronic care models.

  • Residency positions are available for a 13 month, full-time program starting in the Fall of each year and include an orientation period. 

  • Residents will experience 1000+ patient care opportunities to develop a comprehensive treatment plan using the Healthcare Team concept of care (1500 + clinical hours). This residency also includes newer graduates who are already licensed and licensed clinicians changing focus of practice to primary care.

  • We provide a comprehensive orientation which includes:

            - founding principles of community health centers

            - health problems of the safety net population

            - training to use our electronic medical record

            - introduction to responsibilities and privileges of clinical staff participation at our center




Precepted practice

In precepted practice, the residents develop a small patient panel while having access to preceptors. Residents develop knowledge and skills caring for new patients enrolling in our clinic who typically have complex health issues. 


Mentored practice

Residents also work as a member of a team and are allowed time independently to see patients with the ability to consult our MDs, NPs or PAs in our practice.


Integrated Behavioral Health

Residents are involved directly with the behavioral health team and incorporate treatment plans focused on whole person care, integrating emotional and physical health. (Adverse Childhood Events (ACEs), negative coping skills, personality disorders, high risk medications, depression, bipolar disorder)


Didactic Education

Formal learning sessions are offered weekly on a variety of clinical, personal and professional challenges often encountered in community health centers and with professional role transition.


Specialty Clinics

Residents will rotate between various specialty clinics within the main clinic.  Specialty clinic rotations include, HIV care, Anoscopy, GYN procedure clinic, and Medication Assisted Therapy (MAT) clinics.


Healthcare Team 

Residents will be involved with bi-weekly Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) team meetings for interdisciplinary discussions including patient case reviews and care management planning.



Residents are considered full-time employees with many of the benefits of employment including, paid time off, health insurance, dental insurance, continuing education stipend, licensing fees, and opportunities for student loan repayment via National Health Service Corp (NHSC).



  • Monthly meetings with program coordinator

  • Bi-Weekly Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) case reviews

  • Monthly peer supervision (support) group

  • Weekly journaling



Expect an intense experience! Residents are scheduled 40 hours per week and will serve as first call every 3 weeks.  Physician back up is available for residents on call. Residents are fully accountable to their patients and practice colleagues.  Residents will be expected to see an increased number of patients per day as the year progresses.  This is called "ramp-up".  



We evaluate every element of the program which includes didactic evaluations, quarterly resident performance, patient satisfaction, preceptor and program evaluations. 



Minnie Jones Health Center

257 Biltmore Avenue

Asheville, North Carolina.

Phone: (828) 285-0622