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Application Process

Mayo Clinic cardiovascular advanced practice providers examining a patient


The Cardiovascular Diseases Advanced Practice Provider Fellowship admits one trainee every year on a competitive basis at Mayo Clinic's campus in Jacksonville, Florida.

Admission requirements


To be eligible for the Cardiovascular Diseases Advanced Practice Provider Fellowship, you must meet the following requirements:

Physician assistant applicants

  • Graduated, or will graduate, by the fellowship start date from an accredited physician assistant (PA) program
  • Have a Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE) certificate through National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants
  • Have a state of Florida physician assistant license
  • Have advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) and Basic Life Support (BLS) certifications

Nurse practitioner applicants

  • Graduated, or will graduate, by the fellowship start date from an accredited nurse practitioner (NP) program
  • Have national board certification as an adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner, adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner, or family nurse practitioner
  • Have at least two years of work experience as a registered nurse (RN) or NP in a critical care, interventional cardiology, or telemetry area preferred
  • Have Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) and Basic Life Support (BLS) certifications

Candidates are selected based on grades, work experiences, ethics, leadership qualities, and commitment to continue career goals working in a cardiovascular area after completing the fellowship.

Admissions policies

Non-U.S. citizen applicants

Admission to Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences is open to U.S. workers in the four categories below. Therefore, visa sponsorship is not available.

  1. U.S. citizens
  2. U.S. nationals
  3. Lawful permanent residents
  4. Asylees and refugees

Applicants whose primary language is not English must submit results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-based test (TOEFL iBT). Scores from the speaking portion of the exam are given particular consideration in admission decisions. Learn more about the exam and register online at the Educational Testing Service.

The Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences code for the TOEFL iBT is 5784.

Educational transcripts from schools outside the U.S. must be translated (if they are not already in English) and evaluated for U.S. equivalence by an accredited credential evaluation service company prior to submission. Please refer to the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services for a list of qualified companies. The applicant pays for the examination and credential-evaluation services.

Application process

Your application and all supporting documentation must be received between Nov. 1 - March 1.

Application windowProgram start dateApply
Nov. 1-March 1 September Online application

Application instructions

Complete the following steps to apply:

  1. Create an account to begin the online Application for Admission
    • Select - Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences
    • Select - NP PA Cardiovascular Diseases APP Fellowship (FLA)
  2. Complete each section of the application and submit
  3. After submission, view the required Supplemental Items section
    • Upload each required item in the Supplemental Items section
    • Complete the Recommendation Request section

Additional required items

  • CV/resume.
  • Essay is to include the following and then be uploaded in the Supplemental Items section:
    • Statement of your professional goals and intent describing your past cardiovascular experience and how the fellowship will further develop your career goals in the cardiovascular field.
  • Two professional letters of recommendation are required and must be completed in the Recommendation Request section. Each recommender will receive an email with a link to complete a rating form and upload a letter.
  • Official transcripts from a baccalaureate nursing and master's or doctorate NP program sent directly from the nursing schools (unofficial copies sent from the schools may be submitted, if the program is not completed at the time of application) to:

Attn: Kelly Blitch
Enrollment Specialist
Stabile 790N
4500 San Pablo Road S.
Jacksonville, FL 32224

  • Should you be accepted into the fellowship, the following documents are required prior to the start date:
    • A copy of your current RN license and verification of license eligibility in the state of Florida, if applicable
    • A copy of a current NP or PA license in the state of Florida
    • Verification of board certification or eligibility as either an adult gerontology acute care nurse practitioner, adult gerontology primary care nurse practitioner, or family nurse practitioner, if applicable
    • A copy of current Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support certifications
    • A copy of current Drug Enforcement Administration provider number

Interview process

The selection committee carefully reviews each application. Candidates selected for interviews will be notified by March 15. Individuals considered for admission may complete a phone interview, although an in-person interview is strongly encouraged to meet the faculty and tour the facilities. Interviews will be conducted in April.


Acceptance letters are mailed approximately two weeks after the interviews. If you receive an acceptance letter, your reply is expected within 10 days.

Candidates accepting their admissions offers are then sent formal paperwork that initiates the final eligibility process, which includes a background check, drug screening, and verification of all information submitted during the application process.