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Application Process

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Two candidates are accepted each year academic year for the Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant Palliative Medicine Fellowship at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota.

Admission requirements


To be eligible to apply for the Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant Palliative Medicine Fellowship, you must meet the following requirements upon acceptance into the program:

  • Graduated from an accredited nurse practitioner or physician assistant program, with a minimum of a master's degree
  • Hold a current license as master’s or doctorate-prepared nurse practitioner or physician assistant in the state of Minnesota or be eligible to apply for MN licensure at the time of offer acceptance, if applicable
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) certification*
  • Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) registration*
  • Previous experience in the nurse practitioner or physician assistant role preferred but not required

*You do not need proof of DEA licensure or BLS certification at the time of application but must provide documentation of completion prior to fellowship start date.

Admission policies

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

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

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

Applications are accepted between Nov. 1 and Jan. 15. Your application and all supporting documentation must be received by Jan. 15.

Application window Program start date Apply
Nov. 1-Jan. 15 July 1 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 Hospice and Palliative Medicine 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

  • 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. Suggested recommendation types:
    • Academic (professor or faculty)
    • Professional (preceptor, supervisor, co-worker) 
  • Personal Statement (one-page maximum) to be uploaded in the Supplemental Items section and address the following:
    • Why are you are interested in a palliative care fellowship?
    • How do you plan to incorporate your fellowship training in future career goals?
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Unofficial graduate school transcripts

Interview process

The selection committee carefully reviews each application. Individuals considered for acceptance are offered virtual interviews which will take place in late January through mid February.

Applicants who are selected for an interview can refer to the following Mayo Clinic interview resources for an idea of what to expect and how to prepare:


Acceptance letters are mailed no later than March 1. Your reply is appreciated within seven days.