Mayo Clinic Cardiology Nurse Practitioner Fellowship student at a poster presentation

The Cardiology Nurse Practitioner Fellowship prepares postgraduates of nurse practitioner (NP) programs to apply critical thinking and to increase confidence to practice in cardiovascular specialty areas. The curriculum is based upon core competencies that include knowledge, skills and understanding of health care areas.

By the end of the fellowship, you will have rotated monthly and have a strong knowledge of evidence-based practices in these areas:

  • Cardiovascular risk and assessment
  • Acute coronary syndrome
  • Cardiovascular diagnostics
  • Interventional cardiovascular studies
  • Cardiac arrhythmias and devices
  • Advanced heart failure and mechanical circulatory assist devices
  • Adult congenital heart disease
  • Vascular heart disease
  • Cardiothoracic surgery and transplantation

By the end of the fellowship year, you will have experience performing cardiovascular-focused skills or procedures that include:

  • Physical exam
  • Treatment plan
  • Chest radiograph interpretation
  • Electrocardiogram interpretation
  • Stress testing
  • Hand-held echocardiography
  • Interrogation of ventricular assist devices
  • Informal and formal interdisciplinary lectures and conferences
  • Quality improvement or research project

By the end of the program, you have an understanding in the following cardiovascular health care topics:

  • Elderly patient and vulnerable populations
  • Drug safety, pharmacoeconomics, pharmacoepidemiology and complementary medicine
  • Equitable allocation of resources
  • NP scope of practice

Grading or evaluation

Successful completion of all clinical rotations' performance criteria, formal presentations, learning activities, and an academic manuscript or abstract is required for graduation.

Curriculum enhancements

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences is committed to developing and maintaining the best education programs. The curriculum and other aspects of this program are assessed constantly and changed as necessary to ensure the highest quality training.

Oct. 07, 2017