Students enter the Surgical First Assistant Program with a minimum of a bachelor's degree in a health-related field, such as biology, chemistry, nursing, exercise science or an allied field.

These prerequisite courses are required:

Course Credit hours
Anatomy and physiology with lab (human recommended) 6
General biology 3
General chemistry with lab 3
Microbiology 3

If the bachelor's degree is not in a health-related field of study, the applicant must have completed the above prerequisite courses within the past 10 years. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required. A higher GPA is strongly recommended. Prior medical or operating room experience is highly desired but not a prerequisite.

Applicants must possess problem-solving skills and have a self-directed learning approach to education. Candidates are expected to be in good health to withstand the rigors of the program and to strictly adhere to all rules and regulations of Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences and Mayo Clinic.

Technical standards

The program has identified 10 theme areas as essential functions for the program's technical standards:

  • Visual
  • Hearing
  • Tactile
  • Motor skills and mobility
  • Communication
  • Interpersonal behavior and social skills
  • Environmental tolerance
  • Problem-solving and organizational skills
  • Ethics
  • Computer technological skills

A complete list with descriptions is available upon request.

Non-U.S. citizen applicants

See the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences non-U.S. citizen applicants policy.

More information

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

June 09, 2017