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Advanced Heart Failure and Heart Transplant Fellows conversing at Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona.


One candidate is accepted for each track on a competitive basis each year for the Heart Failure/Heart Transplant and Cardiothoracic Surgery Physician Assistant Fellowship at Mayo Clinic's campus in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona.

Admission requirements


To apply for the medical or surgical track of the Heart Failure/Heart Transplant and Cardiothoracic Surgery Physician Assistant Fellowship, you must have:

  • Eligibility to live and work in the U.S.
  • National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) certification
  • Arizona state physician assistant license
  • Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) registration
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) certification
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification
  • A rotation in Cardiology or Cardiac Surgery during PA school is preferred

Note: If you have not yet graduated from your physician assistant program and have not yet met all the prerequisites, you may still apply for the fellowship. However, to be successfully appointed to the fellowship, you must have graduated and met all the prerequisites before the start of the program.

Candidates are selected based on grades, work and volunteer experiences, leadership qualities, representation of individual qualities and skills, and written capabilities as demonstrated in a personal statement.

Admissions 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

The program begins Mid-October. Your application and all supporting documentation must be received by April 30.

Application window Program start date Apply
Nov. 1-April 30 Mid-October 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 - Physician Assistant Fellowship in Heart Failure/Heart Transplant and Cardiothoracic Surgery (ARZ)
  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

  • Personal statement: Please explain your professional journey and why you are choosing to go into heart failure and heart transplant.
  • CV/resume
  • 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.
  • 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.


Selection is based on grades, work background, volunteer experiences, personal statement, and leadership qualities. Individuals considered for acceptance will be invited for an in-person interview.


The candidate selected for the fellowship will be contacted by phone. Acceptance letters will be sent in May.