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Application Process

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Up to two candidates are accepted on a competitive basis each year for the Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant Critical Care Fellowship at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota.

Admission requirements


To be eligible to apply for the Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant Critical Care Fellowship, you must have:

  • Graduated from an accredited nurse practitioner or physician assistant program
  • A nurse practitioner or physician assistant license to practice in the state of Minnesota
  • National board certification
  • Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) and Basic Life Support (BLS) certification

Previous intensive care unit (ICU) experience is strongly encouraged. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) registration is required upon acceptance into the program.

Applicants are selected based on grades and work experiences, as well as volunteer experiences, leadership qualities, and representation of personal qualities and skills in a personal letter.

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.

More information

See further Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences admissions policy information.

How to apply

Disability accommodations

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences values diversity and welcomes applicants with disabilities. If you are anticipating or experiencing disability related barriers in accessing this application, please contact Disability Compliance Advisors at

Application timeline

Application window Program start date Apply
Aug. 1 - March 1 September Online application

Applications are accepted between Aug.1 - March 1 each year. Your application and all supporting documentation must be received by 11:59 p.m. on March 1.

The program begins in September.

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 (RST)
  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

  • CV / résumé
  • Three letters of recommendation are required and must be completed in the Recommendation Request section. Each recommender will receive an email with a link to complete a rating form and upload a letter.
  • Personal Statement (one-page maximum) is to include the following and then be uploaded in the Supplemental Items section
    • Describe your work experience and why a critical care fellowship would be an asset to you, and also indicate whether you are applying for the NP or PA fellowship
  • Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded in the Supplemental Items area for application purposes. If admitted to the program, official transcripts must be provided directly from the institution(s) prior to the start of the program.
    • Electronic official transcripts are preferred and should be sent to

Interview process

The selection committee carefully reviews each application. Individuals considered for an appointment will be initially interviewed by phone. Based on the phone interview, the candidate may be invited to Rochester, Minnesota, for an in-person interview.


Appointment letters are mailed no later than May 31, with replies expected within seven days.