Sep 18, 2023 Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Advanced Practice Provider Fellowship Program Earns Re-accreditation with Distinction from American Nurses Credentialing Center

RWJUH APP Fellowship team

(New Brunswick, NJ) – Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH), an RWJBarnabas Health (RWJBH) facility, is pleased to announce that its Advanced Practice Provider (APP) Fellowship Program has achieved re-accreditation with distinction by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation in Practice Transition Programs.

Accreditation with Distinction is the highest recognition awarded by the ANCC’s Accreditation Program. RWJUH was the first program in the state to achieve accreditation, and is now also the first to achieve re-accreditation with distinction.

RWJUH’s APP Fellowship Program provides APPs with the necessary foundation and tools to meet the needs of complex, critically-ill patients. Upon successful completion of the program, APPs have the opportunity to transition into highly competitive specialty areas in RWJBarnabas Health System.

“On behalf of the nearly 2000 members of the RWJUH medical staff, I congratulate the members of the APP Fellowship Program on their achievement of the program’s re-accreditation with distinction,” said Andy Anderson, MD, Interim Chief Medical and Quality Officer, RWJUH Executive Vice President, Chief Medical and Quality Officer, RWJBarnabas Health. “Together, we celebrate the time-honored tradition in academic medicine where learners become teachers who pass on their knowledge and expertise to the next generation of learners. Our program not only turns out the next generation of the most highly-qualified and skilled practitioners, but also future leaders who help guide the complex clinical service lines that are only found in academic medicine.”

APP refers to skilled health care providers such as physician assistants, nurse practitioners, certified registered nurse anesthetists, clinical nurse specialists, and midwives. APPs are licensed, independent health care providers who can evaluate patients and prescribe medication. RWJBH has recognized the APP Fellowship program as the platform for APP collaboration, education, and research.

At RWJUH, there are more than 450 APPs who provide care for patients across a broad range of hospital specialty services. APP Fellows rotate through various clinical areas in the hospital, such as intensive care units (ICUs), neurology, neurosurgery, infectious disease, renal, endocrine, trauma, and ICU sister sites within the RWJBH system.

“This program was developed because there are many advanced specialty programs at RWJUH that can benefit from the skill and expertise of APPs,” said Olivia Nicastro, Director of the Advanced Practice Provider Critical Care Fellowship at RWJUH. “The program creates a collaborative, interdisciplinary culture that allows APPs to practice at the highest level of their licensure and experience career-long learning.”

About Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH), an RWJBarnabas Health Facility, is a 640-bed academic medical center that is New Jersey’s largest academic medical center through its deep partnership with Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. RWJUH is the flagship Cancer Hospital of Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and home to The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, a nationally-ranked 2023-24 Best Children’s Hospital according to U.S. News & World Report. Centers of Excellence include cardiovascular care from minimally invasive heart surgery to transplantation, cancer care, stroke care, neuroscience, orthopedics, bariatric surgery and women’s health. A Level 1 Trauma Center and the first designated Pediatric Trauma Center in the state, RWJUH’s New Brunswick campus serves as a national resource in its ground-breaking approaches to emergency preparedness. Learn more at or

RWJUH has earned significant national recognition for clinical quality and patient safety, including the prestigious Magnet® Recognition for Nursing Excellence and being named to Newsweek’s 2023 list of Best Ambulatory Surgery Centers. The RWJUH Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center has been recognized by The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association as meeting The Joint Commission's standards for Disease-Specific Care Comprehensive Stroke Center Advanced Certification. RWJUH has also earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Disease-Specific Care Certification for Spine Surgery; The Joint Commission Gold Seal Certification for Bariatric Services; and The Joint Commission Gold Seal Certification for Hip and Knee Replacement services. The Joint Commission also awarded RWJUH a Gold Seal Certification as well as an Advanced Certification in Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) Implantation.

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Peter Haigney
RWJUH Public Relations