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Physician Assistant Clinical Rotation (Arizona)

Program overview

Duration: Varies
Class size: 20-30 students a year
Location: Phoenix, Arizona

This clinical rotation gives physician assistant students the hands-on clinical experience they need in a health care setting with a diverse patient population.

If you are enrolled in an affiliated physician assistant baccalaureate or master's degree program, you are eligible to participate in the clinical rotation by making arrangements through your college program director.

You must successfully complete the required pre-professional and professional college course work, as stipulated by your college or university, before you are eligible to complete the clinical rotation.

After completing your clinical rotation(s) and the summative examination provided by your school, you graduate from your college or university, receiving your degree in physician assistant studies. Graduates are eligible to take the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam administered by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

How to apply

Our affiliated schools process the admissions and applications for their physician assistant programs and work with students to plan their clinical rotations.

Mayo's clinical rotation application deadlines:

  • Applications received between Jan. 1 and Feb. 28 are for clinical rotation placement in July through December of the same year.
  • Applications received between June 1 and July 30 are for clinical rotation placement in January through June of the following year.

To apply:

  1. Online application. All students are required to complete the online Application for Admission. After you create an account or log in, select Application for Admission. Do not select Lite Application. Include your CV and essay as part of the application.
    • Select your No. 1 rotation choice from the drop-down menu and note on the bottom of your essay page your preferred rotation dates. If you are applying for more than one rotation, list any additional requests, along with the dates, in the essay portion of the application.
  2. Letter of good standing and unofficial transcripts. In addition to the application, Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences requires a letter of good standing from your school that includes your current GPA. A copy of your unofficial transcripts is also required. These should be emailed directly to the education coordinator at
  3. Application review. All applications are reviewed at the end of the application cycle. Students are notified approximately three weeks after the deadline about their status.


The clinical rotation is offered by the affiliated college or university providing your degree program. Your college or university program director determines and develops the course work and laboratory experiences for the program and makes arrangements for clinical rotations.

At Mayo Clinic's campuses in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona, you have these physician assistant experiences:

  • Cardiology**
  • Community internal medicine — outpatient
  • Critical care (CC) and hospital internal medicine (HIM)** (two weeks in CC, with additional weeks in HIM)
  • Dermatology (rotation currently unavailable)
  • Gynecology (does not include obstetrics)
  • Hematology/oncology and bone marrow transplant
  • Hepatology and liver transplant (rotation currently unavailable)
  • Hospital internal medicine — inpatient** (no rotations offered November through February)
  • Interventional radiology (No rotations offered in July. Prior surgical rotation preferred, but not required.)
  • Neurosurgery*
  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Otolaryngology (includes head and neck surgery)
  • Plastic surgery
  • Pulmonology (preferably during months of October-May)
  • Rheumatology (rotation currently unavailable)
  • Specialty surgery — colorectal, oncologic and vascular (no rotations offered June to August)
  • Transplant medicine and surgery*
  • Urology (rotation currently unavailable)

*Requires a prior surgical rotation.
**Rotation dates applied for must be in the second half of your clinical rotation year.


For the majority of the clinical rotation, your learning schedule includes eight-hour days, five days a week.

Tuition and financial aid

Tuition rates are determined by and paid to the college or university at which you are enrolled. Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences participates in a clinical rotation tuition sharing process, which is billed directly to the affiliate school.

You are responsible for your living accommodations and transportation.