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Surgical Technology Clinical Rotation (Florida)

Mayo Clinic surgical first assistant students training

Program overview

Program length: 4-8 weeks
Class size: 2 students at a time
Location: Jacksonville, Florida

This clinical rotation prepares students for careers as members of the surgical team in the operating room under the direct supervision of experienced nurses and surgeons. The length of the rotation is flexible and depends on the home institution's requirements.

Application process

To complete the clinical rotation at Mayo Clinic, you must be enrolled in the surgical technology program at either Florida State College or Fortis College. Students enrolled in these programs complete surgical rotations in general surgery and outpatient surgery at Mayo Clinic during the final phase of their education.

How to apply

Affiliated institutions process the admissions and applications for their surgical technology programs and help students plan their rotation at Mayo Clinic.

Tuition and financial aid

Tuition rates are determined by and paid to the college or university at which you are enrolled. Mayo Clinic does not charge additional fees.

Mayo Clinic provides your scrub attire during your clinical rotations. You are responsible for providing your living accommodations and transportation.

You may hold outside employment if it does not conflict with your educational responsibilities.


During the last phase of your surgical technology program, you can participate in a clinical rotation at Mayo Clinic.

Through Mayo Clinic's well-planned and supervised clinical rotation, you gain surgical technology experience in two key areas of surgery:

  • General surgery. The perioperative teams in general surgery provide care to patients requiring procedures of the neck, breast, stomach, small bowel, liver, pancreas, and spleen. In the general surgery area, gallbladder surgery, appendectomies, and many bowel resections are performed using laparoscopic technology. Other laparoscopic procedures include inguinal hernia repair, cholecystectomy, splenectomy, adrenalectomy, and lymph node biopsy prior to liver resection.
  • Outpatient surgery. The outpatient clinic rotation includes common surgeries with low-risk patients who do not require hospitalization. Examples of procedures you assist with on this rotation include simple plastic surgery, low-level orthopedic procedures (for example, bunion removal), cataract surgery, and gastrointestinal (GI) procedures.


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

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