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Program description

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences offers a 12-month postgraduate Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant Critical Care Fellowship at Mayo Clinic's campus in Jacksonville, Florida. The program trains the highly qualified graduate nurse practitioner (NP) or physician assistant (PA) to become a skilled, compassionate and efficient critical care provider.

The curriculum contains diverse didactic instruction and direct patient care clinical experience embedded in the foundation of Mayo Clinic: excellence in patient care, education and research. This program provides NPs or PAs with the training needed to deliver the highest quality care to critically ill or injured patients.

Program goals

The goal of the program is to provide specialized training to a motivated PA or NP who is interested in pursuing a career in critical care medicine.


The fellowship will not be accredited in its initial year. Once the program graduates its first NP or PA, the program will seek accreditation from both nurse practitioner and physician assistant national organizations.

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


Mayo Clinic's campus in Jacksonville, Florida, is a comprehensive medical facility providing advanced programs in education and research that support the highest quality patient care. Campus activity is conducted in Mayo Clinic Hospital and is interconnected with the Davis, Mayo and Cannaday buildings.

Mayo Clinic Hospital is a tertiary care hospital providing comprehensive services to the critically ill patients in the surgical and medical intensive care units, specialized solid-organ transplant unit, advanced cardiac care unit and neurocritical care unit.

The ambulatory clinic facilities provide clinical services ranging from primary care to specialty care across the continuum. Additionally, hospital and clinic based procedural units offer state of the art services to patients across the spectrum of wellness.

Simulation training occurs in the state of the art J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver Simulation Center. The center boasts 9,600 square feet of training space using exact replications of the clinical areas. This allows for "real life" training using high-fidelity training devices and standardized patients to augment the realism. Procedural expertise will be achieved using models and simulations to prepare the learner safely for practice in the clinical environment.

Graduation and certification

After successfully completing this fellowship, you receive a certificate of completion from Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences.


As a fellow, you have varying shift lengths, which include both day and night shifts as well as weekend coverage. Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-hour restrictions are followed. An average of 40 to 60 hours a week is spent in the hospital setting.

Class size

Each year, Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences admits one learner to the Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant Critical Care Fellowship in October, as well as one learner in April. This ensures that you receive tailored instruction and a comprehensive educational experience.