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Program overview

Program length: 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.

Graduation and certification

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.

Application process

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.

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


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.

How to apply

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 - Physician Assistant Clinical Rotation (ARZ)
    • Select your preferred rotation from the drop-down menu, as well as your preferred start date. If you are applying for more than one rotation, list any additional requests, along with the start dates, in your essay.
  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 (if applicable)
    • Complete the Recommendation Request section (if applicable)

Additional required items:

  • CV/resume.
  • Letter of Good Standing signed by an authorized representative from your school, that includes your current GPA.
  • Unofficial Physician Assistant school transcripts may be uploaded in the Supplemental Items area for application purposes.
  • Essay is to include the following and to beuploaded in the Supplemental Items section:
    1. How did you become interested in the field you have chosen to study? Describe any observational or training experience(s) you have had and what you learned about the career from the experience(s).
    2. What are your career objectives within the field? 
    3. How has your previous education or training prepared you for your career choice? What awards, academic honors, or scholarships have you received that might apply to your chosen field? What school or community activities have you participated in?
    4. Describe any personal qualities or experiences that make you a competitive candidate for the program.
    5. List the rotation dates (start and end) that you're available.

All applications are reviewed at the end of the application cycle. Students are notified approximately four to six weeks after the deadline about their status.

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.


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)
  • Gynecology (does not include obstetrics)
  • Hematology/oncology and bone marrow transplant
  • Hospital internal medicine — inpatient** (no rotations offered November through February)
  • Interventional radiology (No rotations offered in July. Prior surgical rotation preferred, but not required.)
  • Neurology (inpatient)
  • Neurosurgery*
  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Otolaryngology (includes head and neck surgery)
  • Plastic surgery
  • Pulmonology (preferably during months of October-May)
  • Rheumatology
  • Transplant medicine and surgery*
  • Urology

*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.

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