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Program overview

Program length: 6 weeks
Class size: Varies
Location: Jacksonville, Florida

Students enrolled in the respiratory care program at Florida State College at Jacksonville, Concorde Career Institute, or St. Johns River State College may complete their clinical rotations at Mayo Clinic.

Training at Mayo Clinic provides:

  • A wide variety of respiratory conditions and care procedures
  • Large volumes of patients requiring respiratory testing and therapy
  • Diverse and highly educated faculty committed to your success

Application process

You must successfully complete the required pre-professional and professional college coursework before you are eligible to begin.

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.

How to apply

This rotation is organized as part of your curriculum with your home college. Plan your rotation experience with your program director.

Tuition and financial aid

Tuition rates are determined by and paid to the college or university at which you are enrolled. Mayo Clinic charges no additional fees.

You are responsible for your living accommodations and transportation.


As part of your final year of study, you participate in clinical rotations at Mayo Clinic, possibly including:

  • General floor patient care
  • Critical care
  • Emergency care
  • Pulmonary diagnostics (pulmonary function testing and interventional bronchoscopy)
  • Arterial blood analysis
  • Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation

During the rotations, you observe and assist with:

  • Administering therapy for patients with chronic and acute disease processes
  • Performing hyperinflation therapy
  • Providing mechanical ventilation to postsurgical patients (including those who have had coronary artery bypass graft, as well as heart, lung, and liver transplants), patients resuscitated by emergency medical staff and long-term ventilator patients
  • Providing supplemental oxygen to patients
  • Assisting physicians with diagnostic procedures
  • Analyzing arterial blood to provide laboratory feedback to physicians
  • Participating or observing on the rapid response and code teams

As part of these procedures, respiratory therapists educate the patients and their families regarding therapy.


Student schedule is in collaboration with the individual learner and clinical instructors for Mayo Clinic and the respective education program designee.

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