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Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist Program (Minnesota)

How to Apply

Mayo Clinic cardiovascular invasive specialist students attending a lecture

Class size and location

The Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist Program admits six students every year on a competitive basis. Therefore, clinical training groups are small with one-on-one instruction provided. Class sizes at Rochester Community and Technical College vary by semester.

Classes begin in late August and coincide with the start of the fall semester at Rochester Community and Technical College. Students who are accepted into the program must also enroll in Rochester Community and Technical College.

Admission requirements and policies

Prerequisites

To be eligible for the Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist Program, you must have:

  • A high school diploma (equivalent acceptable) or be a high school senior who expects to graduate by the time the program begins.
  • Basic computer competence and keyboarding skills.
  • Completed high school biology, chemistry, and physics courses or college transfer equivalents.
  • Completed high school algebra II or Rochester Community and Technical College Math 0099 or equivalent.
  • Graduated in the upper one-half of the high school graduating class with a 2.7 GPA or better. The science and math prerequisites must be taken within five years prior to application.
  • College-level reading and writing readiness as tested by Accelerated Study in Associate Programs or prior college course work.
  • Proof of completion of a CPR course prior to beginning Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist 1010. Must be current through the American Heart Association.

Technical standards

In addition to meeting general standards, cardiovascular invasive specialists must be able to:

  • Lift more than 20 pounds routinely
  • Work with their arms above their head routinely
  • Push and pull, bend and stoop, and kneel or squat routinely
  • Work standing on their feet 80 percent of the time
  • Work compassionately with patients
  • Help patients on and off the procedure room tables from wheelchairs or carts
  • Effectively write and speak to patients and staff
  • Hear and see clearly and differentiate colors
  • Work effectively in a team setting

Transfer student policy

Transfer students must submit a Minnesota College Admission Form, an official transcript of high school credits, and official transcripts from all colleges previously attended. Generally, courses from other colleges in which you have earned at least a grade of C are accepted if those courses fit the program curriculum.

Rochester Community and Technical College makes the final decision regarding which general education courses may be transferred to the Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist Program.

Non-U.S. citizen applicants

See the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences non-U.S. citizen applicant's policy.

Application process

Application reviews are based on previous education, work experience, essay, letters of recommendations, and an interview. 

Application timeline

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Nov. 1 – March 1, 2021 August 2021 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 – Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist
  2. Complete each section of the application and submit
  3. After submission, view the required Supplemental Items and Documents
    • Upload each required item in the Supplemental Items section
    • Complete the Recommendation Request section

Additional required items

  • Complete the essay questions and upload them to the Supplemental Items section.
  • Official college transcripts must be mailed from the institution to the below address. If no college courses have been taken, official high school transcripts must be mailed from the institution directly to:

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences
Cardiovascular Invasive Program
Siebens Building, Fifth Floor
200 First St. SW
Rochester, MN 55905

  • Two 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.
    • Academic: Choose a person familiar with your educational qualifications and your potential for success in the cardiovascular field. References may include current or former teachers or professors.
    • Professional: Choose a person familiar with your professional qualifications and your potential for success in the field of cardiovascular. References may include employers, supervisors, or coaches.

Interview process

Applicants considered for acceptance are invited to Mayo Clinic for a personal interview with the program director and selected faculty. An interview can be arranged only when your application file is complete.

Acceptance

Acceptance letters are mailed by April 1. If you receive an acceptance letter, your reply is expected within one week.

Enroll at Rochester Community and Technical College

You must also enroll in Rochester Community and Technical College if you are accepted into the program.