If you are enrolled in an affiliated physician assistant program, you are eligible to participate in the clinical rotations program at Mayo Clinic's campus in Arizona by making arrangements through your college program director.

You must successfully complete the required pre-professional and professional college course work, as stipulated by your college or university, before you are eligible to complete the clinical rotation.

Immunization record

For the protection of patients, students and employees, and in compliance with state regulations, Mayo Clinic requires students to be properly vaccinated. You must show proof of the following vaccinations before you begin a program at Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences:

  • Tuberculin test in the past six months
  • Varicella, rubella and rubeola immunity
  • Up-to-date diphtheria and tetanus shots
  • Hepatitis B vaccination or signed declination
  • Influenza vaccination for rotations between Oct. 13 and March 31, or signed declination

Documentation of vaccinations must be provided to the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences education coordinator prior to the start of the rotation.

Medical insurance

Students must have medical insurance coverage during their program. Evidence of medical coverage must be provided prior to the start of the rotation.

Background check and drug screen

Prospective students must pass a criminal background check and drug screening required by state laws prior to enrollment to Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences.

Student responsibilities

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences' students are expected to attend all scheduled classes, examinations and assigned clinical rotations unless the absence is approved.

Technical standards

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences accepts students who are highly qualified for its programs. To be considered for admittance, you should exhibit strong qualifications for the health profession you wish to pursue. Applicants to programs must possess the following qualities:

  • Critical thinking skills
  • Sound judgment
  • Emotional stability and maturity
  • Empathy for others
  • Physical and mental stamina
  • Ability to learn, integrate, analyze and synthesize data
  • Ability to process information consistently, quickly and accurately
  • Ability to function in a variety of settings

In addition to the qualities described above, you are assessed for:

  • Observation, communication and motor function
  • Intellectual-conceptual, integrative and quantitative abilities
  • Behavioral and social attributes
  • Tactical and somatic sensation
  • Functional use of vision and hearing

Diagnostic equipment and tools may provide technological compensation for some disabilities, but the candidate should be able to perform in an independent manner.

Although physician assistants usually work in comfortable, well-lighted environments, those in surgery often stand for long periods, and others do considerable walking. Schedules vary according to practice setting and often depend on the hours of the supervising physician. The workweek of physician assistants in physicians' offices may include weekends, night hours or early morning hospital rounds to visit patients. Physician assistants also may be on call. Physician assistants in clinics often work a 40-hour week.

You must be able to perform the essential functions of the profession and meet the standards of the curriculum. Students seeking exceptions to these standards or reasonable accommodations should initiate their request with the program's director.

More information

See further Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences admissions policy information.

Dec. 17, 2014