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Cardiology Nurse Practitioner Fellowship (Arizona)

Program description

Mayo School of Health Sciences offers a competitive Cardiology Nurse Practitioner Fellowship, which accepts two fellows a year. Applicants with a strong interest in continuing a career in a cardiovascular field are considered if they have graduated from an accredited nurse practitioner (NP) school and completed an adult-gerontology acute care specialty program.

Upon completion of the fellowship, the fellow is more confident in his or her cardiovascular knowledge, which allows him or her to transition into and be more competitive for cardiovascular NP positions. Potential candidates are reviewed and selected by an application and interview process.

Applicants must possess or provide verification of eligibility for an Arizona NP license and a Drug Enforcement Administration provider number, which is required at the onset of the program if accepted as a fellow. Consideration for interviews is conducted for only those candidates who meet the established selection criteria.

The 12-month on-site didactic program provides a minimum of 300 didactic or classroom hours and 1,700 clinical or mentored hours. The learning methods used include interdisciplinary rounds, conferences, journal clubs, self-learning modules, simulated learning and a professional development project.

The program provides mentored clinical experience in all aspects of adult cardiovascular disease management, including cardiovascular diagnostics, cardiac health and performance, interventional cardiology, vascular disease, electrophysiology, advanced heart disease and transplantation, adult congenital heart disease, and cardiothoracic surgery. Rotations are primarily in the inpatient setting at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix but also occur at Mayo Clinic outpatient clinics and affiliated centers.

Upon completion of the fellowship, a certificate of completion is provided by Mayo School of Health Sciences.

Program goals

The Cardiology Nurse Practitioner Fellowship aims to provide the fellow with the ability to:

  • Analyze pathophysiology for various cardiovascular disease processes
  • Develop cardiovascular diagnoses, formulate a treatment plan and evaluate patient response to treatment
  • Utilize evidence-based medicine practices using quality, cost-effective care
  • Educate patients and families regarding the cardiovascular disease process, including primary and secondary cardiac prevention, while remaining cognizant of the patient's emotional, physical and cultural needs
  • Develop organizational skills to manage a patient caseload
  • Develop effective communication and presentation skills with the interdisciplinary team
  • Transition from the novice nurse practitioner into the professional role as a cardiovascular nurse practitioner


Continuing medical education (CME) hours are provided by Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education for medical conferences sponsored by Mayo Clinic, and continuing education unit (CEU) hours for nursing licensing renewal are provided by nursing-approved courses at Mayo Clinic. Participation or attendance at a national cardiovascular-focused conference is allotted to each fellow in this program.

Mayo School of Health Sciences' Cardiology Nurse Practitioner Fellowship is accredited as a Practice Transition Program by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

See accreditation information for the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine.


Mayo Clinic has two campuses in Arizona. On the Mayo Clinic campus in Phoenix is the state-of-the-art Mayo Clinic Hospital, the first hospital entirely designed and built by Mayo Clinic. It has been recognized several times by Phoenix magazine as the "Best Hospital in Phoenix."

In 2014, Mayo Clinic's campus in Arizona was ranked No. 1 in Arizona and the Phoenix area on U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals list.

The campus includes a 3,000-square-foot multidisciplinary simulation center, which simulates real-life patient care situations, enabling learners to practice on sophisticated mannequins in a no-risk environment. Experiential learning enhances patient safety and improves competency assessment of learners through new modes of simulation-based education.

The campus also includes a state-of-the-art education and conference center, which has a 330-seat auditorium and adjacent meeting rooms. The facility serves all types of learners engaging in lifelong learning.

The Mayo Clinic campus in Scottsdale is centered around a beautiful, five-story outpatient clinic. This modern facility contains extensive exam rooms, an outpatient surgery center equipped for general anesthesia, a full-service laboratory, pharmacy, patient education library, endoscopy suite, and a 188-seat auditorium for patient, staff and student education programs. Services in numerous medical and surgical disciplines are provided, including outstanding programs in cancer treatment and organ transplantation.

Graduation and certification

Upon completion of the program, the fellows are recognized at a graduation ceremony and receive a Mayo School of Health Sciences certificate documenting completion of a one-year postgraduate Cardiology Nurse Practitioner Fellowship.


The program provides the fellows with a variable on-site schedule to achieve the best learning opportunities to meet the program goals. The majority of the rotations include eight- to 12-hour days, four to five days a week, occasional weekends and one month of night shifts. No holidays are scheduled. Schedules may vary during subspecialty areas and mentor preferences. Flexibility in scheduling ensures fellows receive adequate rest and time off.

Class size

Each year, Mayo School of Health Sciences admits two fellows into the postgraduate Cardiology Nurse Practitioner Fellowship. The small class size ensures a focused, comprehensive and mentored educational experience to achieve the program goals.

  • March 27, 2015
  • ART933616