Hematology/Oncology Graduate Nurse Practitioner Program

Hematology-Oncology and Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation Training and Fellowship

Texas Children's Cancer and Hematology Centers offer a post-Master's nurse practitioner (Pediatric Nurse Practitioner or Family Nurse Practitioner) fellowship and training program for those interested in the care of children and adolescents with cancer, hematologic disorders, and/or stem cell transplantation. Clinical tracts within oncology, hematology and stem cell transplantation allow graduates / nurse practitioners to obtain a comprehensive overview and/or obtain focused training in an area of special interest.

The three-month clinical fellowship provides a comprehensive educational pediatric-focused nurse practitioner program coupled with clinical opportunities designed to provide the nurse practitioner fellow with in-depth knowledge of the diagnosis and management of pediatric hematologic and oncologic disorders, hematopoeitic stem cell transplantation, and palliative care.

Two nurse practitioner fellows will be accepted into the nurse practitioner program for July-October of each year. Nurse practitioner fellows will receive a $10,500 ($3,500/month) scholarship to cover expenses during the program.

Educational objectives

  • Acquire knowledge of the treatment and management of pediatric oncology and hematology diagnoses
  • Strengthen physical assessment skills essential for the care of pediatric and adolescent oncology, hematology and stem cell transplant patients
  • Develop baseline understanding of potential complications related to the diagnosis and treatment of childhood cancers, blood disorders, or stem cell transplantation
  • Develop skills in performing invasive procedures
  • Provide opportunities to explore the nurse practitioner professional role
  • Experience the collaborative role among MDs and NPs in the Cancer Center
  • Integrate a knowledge base necessary to educate patients and families

Educational experiences

Clinical experiences for the nurse practitioner fellow include rotations on the leukemia, lymphoma, solid tumor, neuro-oncology, late effects, hematology, the inpatient general hematology/oncology unit, hematopoietic stem cell transplant unit, and palliative care. Nurse practitioner fellows also obtain hematology laboratory experiences. Nurse practitioner fellows will be actively involved in patient assessment, teaching, management and follow-up.

In addition, nurse practitioner fellows will attend tumor board, grand rounds, nursing rounds, nurse practitioner meetings and clinical pathology conferences and will participate in a weekly seminar/lecture series. Psychosocial issues are addressed throughout the fellowship rotations. Nurse Practitioner Fellows will begin in July in order to attend the summer MD Fellow Lecture Series.

Faculty supervision and education

Nurse practitioner fellows will be precepted by certified pediatric oncology nurse practitioners, family oncology nurse practitioners, physician assistants or clinical faculty of Baylor College of Medicine. Pediatric oncology nurse practitioners are directly responsible for the care of children with cancer at Texas Children's Hospital. Pediatric oncologists are also involved in the clinical supervision and educational preparation of nurse practitioner fellows.

Our facilities in the Texas Medical Center

Texas Children's Cancer and Hematology Centers is ranked the #2 pediatric cancer center in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. We are the largest pediatric cancer and hematology research and treatment center in the country.

Facilities and environment

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Eligibility criteria

Applicants must have at least one year experience in pediatric oncology nursing, have completed a Master’s degree in nursing and be eligible for national Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Certification or Family Nurse Practitioner Certification.

Texas RN licensure from the Texas Board of Nursing and certificate of graduation from a Masters in Nursing program is required prior to starting the fellowship.

PALS certification is required.


Applications for the Pediatric Hematology-Oncology and Stem Cell Transplant Nurse Practitioner Program are due April 1st for the July program.

The application process also includes completion of a formal fellowship application packet and submission of a curriculum vitae with three letters of reference.

Download the Application

Applications may also be obtained by writing:

Director, Nurse Practitioner Program
Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers
6701 Fannin Street, Suite 1580.06
Houston, Texas 77030

Contact us

For more information about the Pediatric / Family Nurse Practitioner Program or submissions of applications, please email the NP fellowship coordinator, Shiley Aguilar at slaguil1@txch.org, or Administrative Coordinator, Donye Smith at dksmith@txch.org.