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Program description

The Perioperative Nursing Fellowship is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary for a nursing career in the operating room. This course includes didactic materials and clinical experiences to prepare competent, entry-level, perioperative registered nurses.

Clinical experiences that include scrubbing and circulating in general and specialty procedures will take place at Mayo Clinic Hospital, part of Mayo Clinic's campus in Phoenix, Arizona.


See accreditation information for Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science.


Mayo Clinic has two campuses in Arizona. The Phoenix campus includes the state-of-the-art Mayo Clinic Hospital, the first hospital entirely designed and built by Mayo Clinic. It has been recognized several times by Phoenix magazine as the "Best Hospital in Phoenix."

The Mayo Clinic campus in Scottsdale is centered around a beautiful, five-story outpatient clinic. This modern facility contains extensive exam rooms, an outpatient surgery center equipped for general anesthesia, a full-service laboratory, pharmacy, patient education library, endoscopy suite, and a 188-seat auditorium for patient, staff and student education programs. Services in numerous medical and surgical disciplines are provided, including outstanding programs in cancer treatment and organ transplantation.

Graduation and certification

You receive a certificate of completion and 16 college credit hours from Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences and will be awarded approximately 40 contact hours from the Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses (AORN) upon successful completion of the fellowship and comprehensive final exam.

Perioperative nurses are eligible to take the CNOR certification exam after completing two years of perioperative nursing.


For the majority of the Perioperative Nursing Fellowship, your learning schedule includes eight-hour days, five days a week.

Class size

One to two 16-week perioperative nursing fellowships are offered each year, typically in the spring and fall. Up to eight students per class are accepted.