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Program overview

Preferred affiliated programs: We collaborate with a limited number of select regional NP programs in which Mayo Clinic and the Mayo Clinic Health System will accommodate clinical rotations
Program length: Typically the final year of clinical rotations are accommodated as capacity allows
Class size: Varies according to our clinical capacity
Location: Rochester, Minnesota and Mayo Clinic Health System sites

The demand for highly trained nurse practitioners within Mayo Clinic and the Mayo Clinic Health System continues to grow. In order to educate as many outstanding nurse practitioners as possible, we have collaborated with a small number of select regional nurse practitioner academic programs to develop common clinical rotation expectations and timelines.

Students selected to participate in the NPCEC will be eligible and have priority to complete clinical rotations at Mayo Clinic and the Mayo Clinic Health System.

Graduation and certification

When you successfully complete your master's or doctorate degree in nursing with population foci at your affiliated school, you are eligible to apply for the national certification via examination. You also receive a certificate from Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences indicating your successful completion of the clinical hours.

Preferred affiliate and affiliate programs

The NPCEC collaborative model works with the following preferred affiliate academic programs listed below, focusing on family nurse practitioner, adult gerontology primary care, and adult gerontology acute care population of foci. If you are looking to pursue a different nurse practitioner population of foci, such as neonatal, pediatric (primary care or acute care), women’s health, or psychiatric mental health, we have a small number of affiliate universities we collaborate with, which is listed below.

Preferred affiliate academic programs

These programs have affiliated adult gerontology acute care, adult gerontology primary care, and family nurse practitioner programs to choose from:

Winona State University
Department of Nursing
P.O. Box 5838
Winona, MN 55987
Phone: 800-342-5978 (toll-free)
Email: nursing@winona.edu

Viterbo University
School of Nursing
900 Viterbo Drive
La Crosse, WI 54601
Phone: 608-796-3000
Email: communication@viterbo.edu

Minnesota State University Mankato
Graduate Program
School of Nursing
360 Wissink Hall
Mankato, MN 56001
Phone: 952-818-8884

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
D.N.P. Program
Nursing
101 Eau Claire, WI 54702
Phone: 715-836-5287
Email: nursing@uwec.edu

University of Minnesota
School of Nursing
5-140 Weaver-Densford Hall
308 Harvard St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Phone: 612-624-9600 or 800-598-8636 (toll-free)

Other affiliated programs

This program also has affiliations with a small number of universities for those students looking to pursue a different population focus such as neonatal, pediatric (primary care or acute care), women's health, or mental health. The list below contains the school and the specific NP tracks:

Neonatal:

Creighton University 
2500 California Plaza
Omaha, NE 68178
Phone: 402-280-2700

Pediatric primary care:

University of Minnesota 
School of Nursing
5-140 Weaver-Densford Hall
308 Harvard St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Phone: 612-624-9600 or 800-598-8636 (toll-free)

Pediatric acute care:

Rush University 
1653 W. Congress Parkway
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: 312-942-7177

Women's health:

University of Minnesota 
School of Nursing
5-140 Weaver-Densford Hall
308 Harvard St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Phone: 612-624-9600 or 800-598-8636 (toll-free)

Mental health:

University of Minnesota
School of Nursing
5-140 Weaver-Densford Hall
308 Harvard St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Phone: 612-624-9600 or 800-598-8636 (toll-free)

Winona State University
Department of Nursing
P.O. Box 5838
Winona, MN 55987
Phone: 800-342-5978 (toll-free)
Email: nursing@winona.edu

Application process

Prerequisites 

Your college or university program director and Nurse Practitioner Clinical Education Collaboration program director will arrange your clinical experiences. Start dates depend on the student's university, but typically the final year of clinical rotations from May to May are accommodated.

How to apply 

Applicants interested in becoming a student in the Nurse Practitioner Clinical Education Collaboration, need to follow the application guidelines and admission process as noted by the preferred affiliate program.

Admission policies 

See Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences admissions policy information.

See the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences international applicant's policy.

Tuition and financial aid

Tuition is determined by and paid to the college or university at which you are enrolled. Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences charges no additional fees.

Students are responsible for their own living accommodations, expenses, and transportation when completing clinical rotations.

Curriculum

The nurse practitioner program is offered by the affiliated university and provides the degree. The clinical coordinator of each university determines and develops the coursework and laboratory experiences. There may be additional opportunities to learn informally from Mayo Clinic faculty and preceptors during your clinical rotations.

The Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences NP Program faculty support your transition into clinical rotations through a preclinical skills evaluation in the summer.

Clinical rotation opportunities

Your university determines the total number of clinical hours and types of rotations you need to successfully graduate. Opportunities for clinical rotations of your personal interest may be available.

Clinical hours and schedule

Your clinical hours are determined by the schedule of your clinical preceptor. Mayo Clinic employees are highly encouraged to apply for an Educational Leave of Absence to allow you the flexibility to ensure your personal schedule can accommodate clinical hours.

Facilities

The Mayo Clinic campus in Rochester, Minnesota is among the largest, most advanced academic medical centers in the world.

Mayo Clinic Health System is composed of facilities in 70 communities in southeastern Minnesota, southwestern Wisconsin, and northern Iowa.

Meet the faculty

The Nurse Practitioner Clinical Education Collaboration utilizes preceptors from Mayo Clinic's provider team, including nurse practitioners, physician assistants, medical doctors and others on its clinical, scientific, and technical staff. They are chosen for their commitment to teaching, as well as clinical practice and research. Many have published and lectured extensively and are highly regarded in their fields. You have access to these clinical preceptors throughout your training, with the opportunity to learn directly from some of today's best clinicians.

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences Nurse Practitioner faculty support and enhance the clinical learning experiences for our NP students, preceptors, and affiliated programs. Our team of NP faculty represent diversity in NP education, practice settings, and scholarly interests that build a solid training foundation for our NP students.

Sally Heusinkvelt, APRN, C.N.P., D.N.P.

Sally Heusinkvelt, APRN, C.N.P., D.N.P.

Program Director
Acute Care and Adult Health Nurse Practitioner

Sally Heusinkelt, APRN, C.N.P., D.N.P. has practiced clinically in the Department of Hospital Medicine in Rochester for the past 12 years. Educational interests include supporting clinical faculty, academic-practice partnerships, and simulation education for Nurse Practitioners.

Sarah Strahm, A.P.N.P., R.N.

Sarah Strahm, A.P.N.P., R.N.

Assistant Program Director, NWWI Region
Family Nurse Practitioner

Sarah has practiced as a nurse practitioner at Mayo Clinic Family Medicine in Eau Claire for more than 16 years. She developed the Student Education Team (SET) which is a multidisciplinary teaching clinic for nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and medical students in the region.

Kimberly Beckstrom, APRN, C.N.P., D.N.P.

Kimberly Beckstrom, APRN, C.N.P., D.N.P.

Assistant Program Director
Family Nurse Practitioner

Kimberly has been a nurse practitioner since 2010 and practices clinically in the Department of Family Medicine at the Northeast Clinic in Rochester. Clinical interests include Women’s Health, complex contraception, menopause, and obesity medicine. Her academic interests include clinical education, supporting clinical faculty, curriculum development, and simulation education for nurse practitioners.

Stacy Farrow, APRN, C.N.P., M.S.

Stacy Farrow, APRN, C.N.P., M.S.

Assistant Program Director, supporting psychiatric mental health track

Stacy Farrow is dual licensed as a FNP and PMHFNP. She currently practices clinically within the Department of Family Medicine and prior to this worked within the Department of Psychiatry and Psychology for ten years.

Danika Nelson, APRN, C.N.P.

Danika Nelson, APRN, C.N.P.

Assistant Program Director, supporting Adult Gerontology Acute Care NP students

Danika is an acute care nurse practitioner who has worked in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine on the hospital services for 15 years. She is currently completing her Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree with special interest in heart failure. She also serves as a CME course director and faculty for Mayo Clinic NPPA CME courses, with guest lectures regarding cardiology content.

Darci Zblewski, APRN, C.N.P., M.S.

Darci Zblewski, APRN, C.N.P., M.S.

Associate Program Director
Adult Nurse Practitioner

Darci Zblewski, APRN, C.N.P., M.S. has practiced clinically in the Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology on the Rochester campus for the past ten years. Educational interests include supporting clinical preceptors, telehealth education for nurse practitioners, and support of students during clinical.

Accreditation information

Our affiliated nurse practitioner education programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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

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