PA education at Mayo Clinic

The Physician Assistant (PA) Program at Mayo Clinic is designed to provide the knowledge and skills needed to serve the health care needs of tomorrow. Our transformational education model focuses on active learning that will engage you in evidence-based clinical reasoning needed for high-quality patient care.

Program highlights include:

  • Excelling in direct patient care. Through our curriculum, you’ll learn foundational clinical knowledge and skills with a distinct focus on providing exceptional health care to patients from all walks of life.
  • Exceptional faculty and mentors. As you learn from experts in their field, you’ll also be at their side for clinical experiences. Our teaching faculty provides unique mentorship opportunities from people who not only teach, but practice in the field every day.
  • Serving local community health needs. Our program is committed to educating local community providers. Therefore, applicants who live in the communities served by Mayo Clinic in the Midwest are preferred applicants.
  • Prioritizing your personal wellness. To support students in their rigorous studies, we have woven into our curriculum unique opportunities and activities for personal wellness development. You will have the tools to later guide your future patients toward optimal health.
  • Developing PA leaders for tomorrow. In our team-based approach to care, you will learn leadership skills that contribute to the most effective utilization of your talents as a PA in patient care.

After successfully completing this program, you will receive a Master of Health Sciences degree in PA studies from Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences.

Tuition and financial aid

Tuition and fees

The tuition structure below represents estimated costs of attendance throughout the two-year program.

We have positioned our tuition model to be above all, focused on value. Our tuition model is projected at the lower half of the average tuition rates among comparable PA education institutions, both regional and top-tier. In addition, our unique 3+2 pathway eliminates a full year of tuition plus an added full year of career earnings.

Tuition – 92 credits at $930/credit (2020-2021) $85,560
Laptop fee and other course fees $3,350
Textbooks* $2,500
Medical equipment* (stethoscope, oto-ophthalmoscope, personal ultrasound transducer, VR goggles, tendon hammer, tuning forks) $2,000
Travel and housing during rotations* $2,500
Total estimated cost of attendance** $95,910

*These mandatory expenses are estimates.

**Program tuition rates, fees and related expenses are subject to change. These estimated expenses represent a good faith effort to disclose true costs of attendance.

Living expenses

Living expenses such as transportation, housing, and meals are not paid to the school. However, these expenses are included in the overall cost of attendance for purposes of processing financial aid.

Financial aid

Scholarships may be available for those who demonstrate financial need. The Mayo Clinic Office of Student Financial Aid and Registrar can provide more details about financial aid.

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences awards need-based grants to students on an annual basis. Selection criteria for these awards are based on a formula that evaluates student-documented financial need and are determined by the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences scholarship committee. The awards are made possible by generous benefactor contributions, and therefore the award amounts vary annually.

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Explore what a PA does

PAs are licensed medical professionals who provide direct patient care as a critical member of today’s team-based care. PAs diagnose illness, develop and manage treatment plans, prescribe medications, and advise patients on optimal health practices.

Mission statement

To develop extraordinary PAs through transformational learning, providing optimal health care within patient-centered care teams, distinguished by the exceptional leadership and professionalism common to Mayo Clinic values.

Definition of mission statement terms

  • Extraordinary PAs: Mayo PA graduates will exceed normative standards in their chosen roles, providing high quality, evidenced-based health care with respect and compassion as astute leaders within health care teams.
  • Transformational learning: The learning experience at Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences includes mastering the knowledge, skills and professionalism of Mayo PA graduates through boldly innovative instruction in unparalleled state-of-the art facilities by talented teachers and mentors.
  • Optimal health care: Mayo PA graduates will skillfully guide patients from all walks of life to achieve health, defined by the World Health Organization as a “state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
  • Patient-centered care teams: Effective team-based care requires PAs to sustain physician-led care by consummate skills in communication, integrating all contributors to the interprofessional team and ensuring that the needs of the patient come first.
  • Exceptional leadership and professionalism: The expectation of all Mayo PA graduates includes the practice of servant leadership with the highest level of professionalism, patient-centeredness, altruism, and culturally-informed service excellence.

Accreditation and performance standards

Accreditation information

Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) states:

Mayo Clinic PA Program has applied for Accreditation - Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA).

Mayo Clinic PA Program anticipates matriculating its first class in August 2020, pending achieving Accreditation - Provisional status at the March 2020 ARC-PA meeting.

Accreditation - Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding accreditation-provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students. If Accreditation - Provisional status is not granted the program will not commence.

Program effectiveness data

Please note, we will post the program effectiveness data upon the completion of our first graduating class in 2022.

Program goals

Goal: High quality, evidence-based health care delivery

Measured by:

  • Academic performance measures
  • Clinical rotation evaluations
  • Clinical patient tracking
  • Summative evaluations
  • Scholarly activity
  • PANCE scores
  • Graduate surveys
  • Employer surveys

Goal: Respectful, compassionate care for all

Measured by:

  • Reflection activities
  • Professionalism evaluations
  • Clinical patient tracking
  • Clinical rotation evaluations
  • Graduate surveys
  • Employer surveys
  • Patient surveys

Goal: Team-oriented, effective leaders

Measured by:

  • Student engagement in campus and community
  • Professionalism evaluations
  • Clinical rotation evaluations
  • Graduate surveys
  • Employer surveys

Program values

The overarching primary value guiding the Mayo Clinic is “the needs of the patient come first.” As a reflection of the related Mayo core values, the Physician Assistant Studies Program values:

  • Diversity and inclusion: Promote a diverse student body, staff and faculty, ensuring inclusiveness by a culturally appropriate, welcoming environment to all.
  • Integrity: Adhere to the highest standards of professionalism, ethics and personal responsibility, worthy of the trust our patients place in us.
  • Teamwork: Value the contributions of all, blending the talents of individuals and the expertise of organizations such as the collaboration with Saint Mary’s University and the University of Minnesota-Rochester in developing student pipelines.
  • Excellence and resiliency: Deliver the best outcomes of the highest quality through dedicated effort, overcoming obstacles when necessary to reach success.
  • Meeting local community needs: Give priority to filling local workforce and community needs, especially for Mayo Clinic in the Midwest including rural care.
  • Scholarship: Assure a commitment to the best practices of discovery, integration, application, and teaching of knowledge in continuous personal growth and professional development.
  • Wellness: Encourage the pursuit of a lifestyle that respects a balance of physical, emotional, and spiritual health and contentment.

NCCPA PANCE first-time pass rate summary report

Please note, we will post the NCCPA PANCE First-time Pass Rate Summary Report upon the completion of our first graduating class in 2022.

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