Program description

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences at Mayo Clinic's campus in Jacksonville, Florida, offers diverse and challenging clinical experiences to nursing students enrolled in Mayo Clinic-affiliated nursing programs.

Over the years, nursing education at Mayo Clinic has evolved from a practical need for the best nursing care for Mayo patients. Consequently, Mayo has played an integral role in providing opportunities for nursing education since its earliest days. Mayo's first allied health professional — Edith Graham Mayo, wife of Mayo co-founder Dr. Charles H. Mayo — was trained as a nurse anesthetist in 1889.

Today, nursing undergraduate programs are offered at a variety of affiliated colleges and universities, with Mayo Clinic's campus in Florida providing vital clinical experiences as students advance in their education. Mayo Clinic does not offer undergraduate nursing degree programs, but rather collaborates with area colleges and universities to provide comprehensive educational opportunities.

Clinical experiences are arranged between the student's school and the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences education coordinator for nursing clinical education. They are co-facilitated by Mayo Clinic professional nursing staff and affiliated nursing faculty. These educational experiences provide nursing students with opportunities to work alongside other professionals in a multidisciplinary health care environment.

At Mayo Clinic's campus in Florida, you observe and experience patient care delivery in a comprehensive health care center that offers:

  • A caring, collaborative environment
  • State-of-the-art diagnostic, therapeutic and research facilities
  • A large, diverse patient population
  • An environment based on a team approach and with a commitment to mutual respect


Mayo's affiliated nursing education programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing or the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

See accreditation information for Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science.

Affiliated institutions

To participate in the Nursing Clinical Education Program at Mayo Clinic, you must be enrolled in a nursing program at our affiliated academic institutions:


Mayo Clinic's campus in Jacksonville, Florida, is a comprehensive medical facility providing advanced programs in education and research that support the highest quality patient care. Campus activity is conducted in the Mayo Clinic Hospital and the interconnected Davis, Mayo and Cannaday buildings.

The campus has modern education facilities, including classrooms, lecture halls, an extensive library and computer lab. The state-of-the-art Birdsall Research Building is a center for neurological disease research, while the Griffin Building supports cancer research.

The ambulatory facilities provide clinical services ranging from primary to specialty care and advanced procedures. Mayo Clinic Hospital provides comprehensive inpatient services, including surgical and medical intensive care units, specialized solid-organ transplant units, and advanced cardiac and neurosurgery facilities.

Both Mayo Clinic's outpatient and inpatient facilities provide the training areas for the Nursing Clinical Education Program. In some cases, students also have access to community-based educational opportunities with Mayo Clinic-based programs and facilities.

Mayo Clinic's state-of-the-art diagnostic, therapeutic and research facilities enhance student clinical experiences and the ability for clinical preceptors to provide high-quality clinical education experiences.

Graduation and certification

As Mayo Clinic does not have a school of nursing, it does not confer credits or certification upon completion of nursing clinical education within Mayo facilities. But when you successfully complete the nursing program at your affiliated school, you will receive your nursing degree.


The hours required vary depending on the availability of nurse preceptors and your affiliated school schedule and class requirements. Some clinical hours occur during the daytime and some during the evening.

Class size

Class sizes vary depending on the availability of nurse preceptors.

Nov. 07, 2014