Shasta Community Health Center NP/PA Post Graduate Primary Care Fellowship Program

“Providing quality health care services to the medically underserved populations of our

Clinic Information
Services of Shasta Community Health Center (SCHC): Family Practice, Pediatrics, Urgent Care, Patient Education and Wellness Programs, Mental Health Counseling, Primary Care Neuropsychiatry, Intensive Outpatient Care, Homeless Outreach, Orthopedics, Telemedicine, Gynecology, Opthalmology, EIS and Hep C clinics, Pediatric ENT and Dermatology


1035 Placer St
Redding, CA 96001
Phone: 530-246- 5710
Fax: 530-244- 7846
NP/PA Fellowship Medical Director: Pamela Knickerbocker, DO
NP/PA Fellowship Program Director: Dorothy Bratton-Sandoval, MPAS, PA-C

Contact Information

Dorothy Bratton-Sandoval
NP/PA Fellowship Program Director, MPAS, PA-C
Office: 530-229- 5191
Andrea Kinney
NP/PA Fellowship Support Specialist
Office: 530-246- 5986

Program Synopsis
Shasta Community Health Center’s (SCHC) NP/PA Post Graduate Primary Care Fellowship is specifically designed for new graduates and newly licensed NPs and PAs who desire:

  • Additional training in the area of primary care
  • Mentorship and guidance from seasoned clinicians
  • Experience providing healthcare to a diverse patient population within the community health care clinic setting.

Our goal is to cultivate a positive and structured approach to the new graduate’s first clinical practice. The months following graduations shouldn’t have to be daunting. That’s why this two year, paid fellowship program is designed to help with the transition from student to provider by offering: (a) exposure to various specialties through rotations, (b) thought-provoking, weekly didactic programs, (c) experience leading a clinical team, (d) practice presenting difficult cases to peers and overseeing quality improvement projects, (e) and education on the broad range of services and skills necessary to be successful in treating the underserved.

Some of the specialties our Fellows interact with include Pediatrics, Women’s Health, Psychiatry, Urgent Care, Homeless Outreach, Telemedicine, Rural Healthcare, Infectious Disease, Pain Management, and many more.

As fully licensed clinicians, our Fellows have independent clinics each week and build their own panel of patients. These clinics, along with specialty rotations, are always precepted by physicians, NPs and PAs who are dedicated to SCHC’s mission.

Independent clinic focuses:

  • History and physical exam techniques
  • Development of differential diagnoses, appropriate diagnostics, interpretation of diagnosis
  • Development of effective and evidence based treatment plans
  • Proficient use of EHR system
  • Identifying patients appropriate for consultation and/or referral and processes for completion of referrals
  • Emphasis on team building and role as a medical team leader

Procedure Clinics:

  • Incision and drainage of skin lesions
  • Simple skin biopsy techniques and suturing
  • Laceration repair
  • IUD and Nexplanon placement
  • Orthopedic and therapeutic injections

Before applying, please take a brief moment to read through all the information below. We want you to be confident in your decision to pursue a position as a Fellow with our organization.

Entry requirements:

To be considered for the program, applicants must have a Masters in Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant studies from an accredited institution. PA candidates need to be NCCPA certified and license to practice in the state of California. Similarly, NP candidates should be certified by either the AANP or ANCC licensing board as well as licensed to practice in the state of California.

In addition to meeting all entry requirements, applicants will have a strong desire to learn the skills necessary to practice primary care within the community health clinic setting and treat the underserved populations of our community.

Program start dates:

Program start dates vary as we require a minimum of two but no more than four Fellows to begin a new cohort. Ideally, a new cohort would begin each spring and fall. While we are no longer taking applications for our October 2017 cohort, we will be accepting them for our April 2018 cohort through January 2018. We will likely fill all sports before reaching the deadline in January and strongly encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. We will continue to take applications on a rolling basis for cohorts starting in 2018.

Application process:

To apply, please send us a cover letter and CV (Curriculum Vitae). This will help us gain a little context as to who you are, what experiences/credentials you have and why you are interested in our program.

Interview Process:
Typically, potential Fellows will undergo an initial phone interview to be considered for an onsite interview. After a tour of the main campus and introductions to key
staff, candidates participate in a “Q&A” style lunch, where questions are asked and
answered by administrators, preceptors and senior Fellows.

Financial Information

This is a two year, paid Fellowship with benefits. We are more than happy to share more about our benefits package upon inquiry. SCHC is willing to help offset the cost of relocating to Redding, cover license and credential renewal fees (for full-time clinicians) and pay costs associated with attending CMEs. Additionally, the clinic offers a student loan reimbursement option for qualifying clinicians.

Applications and questions should be submitted to Andrea Kinney, NP/PA Fellowship Support Specialist by email at or by calling (530) 246-5986.


Thank you in advance for expressing interest in SCHC’s NP/PA Post Graduate Primary Care Fellowship Program; we look forward to hearing from you soon.

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