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How to Apply

The Clinical Neurophysiology Technology Program accepts up to eight students each year for the two-year program.

Admission requirements and policies



To be eligible for the Clinical Neurophysiology Technology Program, you must:

  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 on 4.0 scale
  • Be 18 years of age by the start of the program
  • Be able to demonstrate above-average competency in computer skills
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident

Applicants have two options to enter the program:

  1. Earn an Associate of Applied Science Clinical Neurophysiology degree in partnership with Rochester Community and Technical College located in Rochester, Minnesota. Applicants complete 25 credits at RCTC and 56 credits at Mayo Clinic to complete their A.A.S. degree.
  2. Enter the program with an associate degree or higher from an accredited institution with completed required prerequisite coursework.

Course requirements

In addition to the items previously listed, the following coursework must be completed with a grade of a “C” or better. Math and science courses must be within 10 years of the year you plan to enter the program.

Subject Minimum requirements
English One semester of college-level English
Math One semester of college-level algebra
Communications One semester of college-level communications
Anatomy and physiology Two semesters of college-level anatomy and physiology with lab component
Physics One semester of college-level physics with lab component
Chemistry One semester of college-level chemistry with lab component
Ethics One semester of college-level ethics or medical ethics
Psychology One semester of college-level psychology course

Technical standards

Technical standards

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences accepts students who are highly qualified for its programs. To be considered for admittance, you should exhibit strong qualifications for the health profession you wish to pursue.

In addition to meeting general standards, the Clinical Neurophysiology Technology Program requires the ability to perform the essential functions and activities as described in the technical standards document

Competitive applicants

Students will be most competitive if they meet the following criteria:

  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Have an associate degree or higher
  • Have completed a job shadow
  • Previous patient care or customer service experience
  • Demonstrate genuine interest in the neurodiagnostic profession
  • Math and science courses taken in the last 5 years

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 Clinical Neurophysiology Technology Program.

In addition, transfer students are required to complete a minimum of 15 credits on the Rochester Community and Technical College campus in order to receive the Associate in Applied Science degree in Clinical Neurophysiology Technology.

See the Rochester Community and Technical College website for information on advanced placement and credits for experiential learning.

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 by Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences between Nov. 1 and Feb. 1 of the year you wish to begin classes. Admission status notification is mailed in early April. The program begins in August each year.

Students who have completed the application and have all the required supplemental items (referenced below) submitted by Jan. 15, will be guaranteed an interview.

Application window Program start date Apply
Nov. 1-Feb. 1 August 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 - Clinical Neurophysiology Technology Program
  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 in 500 words or less and upload to the Supplemental Items section.
    • Please answer the following questions in your essay:
      • How did you become interested in the Neurodiagnostic profession?
      • Describe any personal qualities or experiences that make you a competitive candidate for this program.
      • If you have completed a job shadow, include three sentences about the experience at the end of the essay.
  • Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded in the Supplemental Items area for application purposes. Transcripts are required from all educational institutions you attended including high school and, if applicable, all college and university credits and grades from your most recent quarter or semester. If admitted, official transcripts must be provided to the program directly from the institution(s) prior to the start of the program
  • Two recommendations are required and must be completed in the Recommendation Request section. Each recommender will receive an email with a link to complete a recommendation form.
    • Recommendations from a teacher, counselor, professor, employer, or supervisor. Choose a person familiar with your qualifications and your potential for success in the Clinical Neurophysiology Technology field. Friends or family are not accepted.

Applications are not considered complete and will not move on to the review process if the above items are not completed by the application deadline.

Interview process

Some applicants will be invited to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, for a personal interview with the program director and selected faculty.


Acceptance letters are mailed in early April. If you receive an acceptance letter, your reply is expected within 10 days.

Your acceptance to the program is dependent upon review of the Rochester Community and Technical College Accuplacer scores, successful completion of the program prerequisites, and compliance with the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences admissions policy.

Apply to Rochester Community and Technical College

Once you are accepted into the program, you must also apply for admission to Rochester Community and Technical College.