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Mayo Clinic nurse practitioner/physician assistant with critical care patient

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 Rochester, Minnesota. The program trains highly qualified graduate nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) to become skilled, compassionate and efficient critical care providers.

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 the graduate NP or PA with the training needed to deliver the highest quality care to critically ill or injured patients.

Community-based experience

We are excited to announce that for the 2022 fellowship cycle we will be offering a community based critical care fellowship that offers at least six months of practice at Mayo Clinic Health System – Eau Claire with the remainder of the year fellowship being spent in Rochester.

The program is designed to combine attributes of both community and academic training models. Hybrid graduates will exit with the knowledge, experience, and direct patient care skills to integrate seamlessly into both academic and community-based practice.

Uniquely, MCHS – Eau Claire will allow fellows to care for patients with pathology spanning several organ systems. The Eau Claire critical care unit is mixed with medical, cardiac, trauma, neurosurgery, and cardiac surgery patients in one space. This program highlight allows you to think globally, and fully prepares you for your next steps after completing this fellowship.


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Program goals

  • Acquire a deep and broad knowledge base of the common disease processes for which patients are hospitalized, understanding the pathophysiology, various presenting clinical presentations and disease prognosis
  • Develop a diverse differential diagnosis and respective diagnostic and treatment plan based on the patient's presenting symptoms along with evidence-based, cost-effective medical care
  • Enhance knowledge of critically ill or injured patients
  • Increase and perfect critical-thinking skills 


Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, includes an extensive outpatient complex, Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester, and substantial research and education facilities. This Mayo Clinic site is among the largest, most advanced medical centers in the world.

Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester has one of the largest surgical suites in the nation with more than 120 operating rooms. Each year, Mayo Clinic surgeons perform nearly 50,000 surgical procedures — about 200 a day — at the hospital's two campuses. The vast number and type of surgeries, in combination with a highly educated faculty, make Mayo Clinic an ideal educational setting for students in surgical training programs.

Graduation and certification

Upon graduation, you receive a certificate from Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences documenting completion of a one-year postgraduate fellowship in critical care medicine. This certificate verifies that you have completed all the components listed in the syllabus. Such experience and training will allow you to be more competitive for critical care provider positions.


For the majority of the fellowship, your learning schedule includes varying shift lengths and rotating shifts, weekend shifts, and holiday shifts. You spend about 40 to 50 hours each week in the hospital setting. This does not include additional time spent on readings.

Class size

Each year, Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences admits up to two students to the Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant Critical Care Fellowship. This ensures that you receive tailored instruction and a comprehensive educational experience.