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Admissions

Prerequisites
To be eligible to apply for the Genetic Counseling Internship Program at Mayo Clinic Arizona, applicants must be:

  • Currently enrolled in an accredited two year master's program in genetic counseling

Applicants are selected based on grades, work and volunteer experiences, leadership qualities, and representation of individual qualities and skills in a personal letter.

Policies and Responsibilities
The following Mayo School of Health Sciences policies affect applications and admissions to its programs.

English fluency
Fluency in written and spoken English is essential to succeed in the program and to ensure patient safety. If English is a second language, you must be able to demonstrate fluency. Satisfactory performance on the Test of English as a Foreign Language examination or the Michigan Test of English Language Proficiency must be documented as proof of fluency. Your test results must be less than two years old.

Immunization record
For the protection of patients, students and employees, and in compliance with state regulations, Mayo Clinic requires students to be properly immunized. You must show proof of the following immunizations before you begin a program at Mayo 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 declaration

Documentation of vaccinations must be provided to Mayo Employee Health Service prior to the beginning of the internship.

Health status
Prospective students will undergo a physical examination or nurse's review at Mayo Clinic and will have the opportunity to update or receive the required tests and immunizations cited above. More information about the physical exam will be provided after you have been offered a program appointment. Appointment to the program depends upon successful completion of the physical examination.

Medical insurance
Students must have their own health insurance. Evidence of medical coverage must be provided when your educational program begins.

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

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

Students are required to exhibit professional and ethical conduct at all times.

Equal opportunity
Mayo School of Health Sciences upholds all federal and state laws that preclude discrimination on the basis of race, sex, age, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, disabilities or veteran's status.

Technical Standards
Mayo 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 general qualities:

  • Critical thinking skills
  • Sound judgment
  • Emotional stability and maturity
  • Empathy for others
  • Physical and mental stamina
  • Ability to learn and function in a variety of settings

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.

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