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Admissions policy

Review the policies and requirements below and, for further details, visit the complete admission policies for Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences.

Admissions policy

Today's allied health education requires that the accumulation of scientific knowledge be accompanied by the simultaneous acquisition of essential skills and professional attitudes and behavior. The goal of Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences programs is to graduate the best health care practitioners. Further, Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences must also ensure that patients are not placed in jeopardy by residents with impaired intellectual, physical or emotional functions.

You must be able to perform the essential functions of the profession and meet the standards of the curriculum. Residents seeking exceptions to these standards or reasonable accommodations should initiate their request with the program director.

Fluency in written and spoken English is essential for success in the program and to ensure patient safety. Applicants must demonstrate objective competency in English through the admission interview and may be required to submit results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or equivalent examination.

Applicants are judged not only on scholastic accomplishments but also on physical and emotional capacities to meet the requirements of the program's curriculum and to graduate as skilled and effective practitioners, with reasonable accommodations, if applicable. To preserve the welfare of residents and patients, each Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences program will establish minimum standards deemed essential for safety in practicing that respective profession. Applicants seeking accommodations should initiate their request with the program director.

Admissions committees for each program may require additional specific admission standards. Documentation of these program-specific standards is available from the program director.

Additional admission requirements

Applicants offered admission to Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences programs must comply with prevailing institutional policies and procedures regarding:

  • Immunization
  • Occupational health review, a physical exam or both
  • Background study and immediate disclosure of any criminal convictions
  • Drug screen
  • Health insurance
  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), confidentiality, and other training deemed necessary by Mayo Clinic or the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences program

Questions about these requirements can be directed to the school. Failure to comply or to provide requested documentation is grounds for rescinding an admission offer or terminating admission.

Resident responsibilities

Residents are required to exhibit professional and ethical conduct at all times.

Equal opportunity

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences upholds all federal and state laws that preclude discrimination on the basis of race, sex, age, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, disabilities or veteran status. For more information, visit the Office for Diversity.

Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science (MCCMS) strives for inclusive learning and training environments. If you experience or anticipate experiencing any disability-related barriers, please contact Disability Access Services at

Non-U.S. citizen applicants

Applicants must be an eligible U.S. worker at the time of application to the program. See the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences non-U.S. citizen applicant's policy.

How to apply

Mayo Clinic utilizes the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS) for all pharmacy residency applications. Visit each individual residency program page for the number of residents accepted annually per program.

Applications and all supporting documents are due by January 2 of the year you wish to begin a program.

Your application must contain these materials, all of which must be uploaded to PhORCAS:

  • Official transcripts from your college of pharmacy.
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • One-page letter of intent.
  • A PhORCAS standardized reference form must be completed and submitted via PhORCAS by three references of your choosing.

All candidates must also register with the ASHP Resident Matching Program, which makes all appointments. Match results are released in late March.

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