Program overview

Duration: Varies
Class size: 2 students at a time
Location: Rochester, Minnesota

This rotation gives nurse-midwife students a challenging and diverse clinical experience. The clinicals are led by professional nurse-midwifery staff and provide the opportunity for you to work alongside other professionals in a multidisciplinary health care environment.

Students observe and experience the delivery of patient care in a comprehensive health care center that offers:

  • A caring, collaborative environment
  • State-of-the-art diagnostic, therapeutic and research facilities
  • A large, diverse patient population
  • An environment based on a team approach and with a commitment to mutual respect

For admission to the rotation, you must:

If your institution is not currently affiliated with Mayo Clinic, an affiliation agreement needs to be obtained by Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences prior to your being accepted to the program.

When you successfully complete the master's- or doctorate-level degree in nursing criteria and the nurse-midwifery course work at your affiliated school, you are eligible to take the national certifying exam offered by the American Midwifery Certification Board. National certification is required in all states for licensed certified nurse-midwives to practice.

American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) rules state that only graduates of ACNM-accredited programs are eligible to take the certification exams, which are given periodically throughout the country.

You also receive a certificate from Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences indicating your successful completion of the Nurse-Midwifery Clinical Rotations Program.

How to apply

Submit an application and all supporting documentation as soon as possible but at least six months prior to your desired time frame of the year you wish to begin classes. Clinical rotations might include a September or January start, if on the traditional college semester tracks, though other times are accommodated for students on nontraditional tracks.

Once you and your college have identified Mayo Clinic as an appropriate site for your clinicals, you may apply online to the clinical rotation program. In most instances, appointment to the program is made within two to six months, though the time frame can vary depending upon affiliation agreement status.

  1. Discuss with adviser. Discuss participation in the clinicals with your nursing program adviser.
  2. Online application. Complete the online Lite Application. After you sign in to the ApplyYourself tool, select Lite Application. Upload your goal statement into the online application.
  3. Supporting documentation. Submit these materials:
    • Official transcript of master's, doctorate or bachelor's credits
    • Three letters of professional and academic recommendation (if not submitted electronically)

    Send these materials to:

    Nurse-Midwifery Clinical Rotations Program
    Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences
    Siebens Building, Fifth Floor
    200 First St. SW
    Rochester, MN 55905

  4. Interviews. Applicants considered for an appointment may be invited for a personal interview or phone call. If there are several applicants, a panel interview also may be included.
  5. Acceptance. You are notified when your appointment has been accepted, normally between two and six months before your desired rotation time.


The clinical rotation prepares you to develop in the role of an advanced practice nurse in the care of obstetric and gynecologic patients. Detailed clinical objectives are set forth by the affiliated colleges.

Intensive clinical practicums include clinical rotations in obstetrics:

  • Antenatal care focusing on low-risk healthy pregnancy
  • Intrapartum care focusing on low-risk labor and deliveries
  • Postpartum care focusing on the normal healthy postpartum

You rotate regularly between the outpatient clinic and the inpatient labor and delivery unit during your experience. During these clinical rotations, you may be under the supervision of qualified nurse-midwives, nurse practitioners and physician preceptors.

Our clinical rotation prepares you to work both independently and collaboratively as a member of a health care team.


Your clinical needs are determined by your college. They may include eight-hour clinical days, as well as 12-hour shifts in the labor and delivery unit. Your schedule depends on your needs, your college requirements and midwife staff availability.

Tuition and financial aid

Tuition is paid to your college or university. Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences charges a clinical coordination fee. This is an amount based upon number of weeks in the program.

Rotation lengthFee
Less than 2 weeks $250
2 to 4 weeks $500
5 to 25 weeks $1,000
26 to 52 weeks $2,000

These rates are approved as clinical coordination fees charged to affiliated academic institutions sending students to Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences for clinical rotation experiences. If the affiliate chooses not to pay the fee, students are charged directly.

The fees are evaluated and set each year by the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences Education Committee, according to the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences tuition policy.

No stipend is provided for nurse-midwifery students. Students are responsible for their living accommodations and transportation.

The Office of Student Financial Aid and Registrar can provide more details about financial aid or incentives offered for the Nurse-Midwifery Clinical Rotations Program.

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