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Program overview

Program length: Varies
Class size: 2-3 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

Graduation and certification

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.

Application process

Appointments to the Nurse-Midwifery Clinical Rotations Program are made directly through Mayo Clinic or through the program director at an accredited master's or doctorate-level nurse-midwife program.

For admission to the rotation, you must:

  • Have a current Minnesota registered nurse license.
  • Be enrolled in an affiliated master's- or doctorate-level nurse-midwife program. The affiliation agreement must be completed with Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences prior to initiation of the clinical rotation. 
  • Be in good academic standing.

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 instructions

Once selected, submit a demographic application. Please use the following details:

  • Program of the demographic application.
    • School of study: Select Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences
    • Location: Select Rochester, MN
    • Area of interest: Select Nurse Midwifery Clinical Rotations Program
    • Start date: Select date you were provided
    • End date: Select date you were provided
  • Review application for accuracy and completion
  • Submit application on the bottom of the "signature & submit" tab


Applicants considered for acceptance may be invited for a personal interview or phone call. If there are several applicants, a panel interview also may be included.


You will be notified of your acceptance approximately two to six months before your desired rotation time.

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 length Fee
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.


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.

Accreditation information

The Nurse-Midwifery Clinical Rotations Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

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

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