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Application Process

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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.

Admission requirements


To be eligible for the Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant Critical Care Fellowship, you must meet the following requirements:


  • Graduated from an accredited physician assistant program
  • Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE) certificate through National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants
  • State of Florida Physician Assistant License
  • Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) and Basic Life Support (BLS) certification

Nurse Practitioner

  • Graduated from an accredited nurse practitioner program (MSN or DNP)
  • Board certification from a national organization — American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) — with preference given to a graduate of an acute care nurse practitioner program
  • State of Florida License as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP)
  • Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) and Basic Life Support (BLS) certification

Candidates are selected based on a comprehensive review of:

  • Graduate school GPA
  • Work experiences
  • Clinical rotations and volunteer experiences
  • Leadership qualities
  • Representation of personal qualities and skills

Admission policies

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.

How to apply

The program accepts applications twice a year: One fellow begins in October, one fellow begins in April.

Application window Program start date Interviews Apply
March 1 - May 1  October June Online application
Sept. 1 - Dec. 31  April  January Online application 

Application instructions

Complete the following steps to apply:

  1. Create an account to begin the online Application for Admission
    • Select - Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences
    • Select – NP PA Critical Care Fellowship (FLA)
  2. Complete each section of the application and submit
  3. After submission, view the required Supplemental Items and Documents
    • Upload each required item in the Supplemental Items section
    • Complete the Recommendation Request section

Additional required items

  • Two letters of recommendation are required and must be completed in the Recommendation Request section. Each recommender will receive an email with a link to upload a letter:
    • One professional
    • One academic  
  • Personal Statement (maximum of two pages, double-spaced) is to include the following and then be uploaded in the Supplemental Items section:
    • Describe your desire to work in critical care medicine
  • Unofficial transcripts from an NP or PA granting institution may be uploaded in the Supplemental Items section for application purposes.

Interview process

The selection committee carefully reviews each application. Individuals considered for an appointment are interviewed initially by phone followed by either a phone or in-person interview in Jacksonville, Florida. Interviews will take place in June and January each year.


A final decision for acceptance will be made each year in June or July for the October start date and by Feb. 1 for the April start date.