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The Mayo School of Health Sciences Cardiology Nurse Practitioner Fellowship prepares postgraduates of nurse practitioner (NP) programs to apply critical thinking and to increase confidence to practice in cardiovascular specialty areas. The curriculum is based upon core competencies that include knowledge, skills and understanding of health care areas.

By the end of the fellowship, the fellow has a strong knowledge of evidence-based practices in the following areas:

  • Cardiovascular risk and assessment
  • Acute coronary syndrome
  • Cardiovascular diagnostics
  • Interventional cardiovascular studies
  • Cardiac arrhythmias and devices
  • Acute and chronic left or right heart failure and ventricular assist device
  • Adult congenital heart disease
  • Vascular heart disease
  • Cardiothoracic surgery and transplantation

By the end of the fellowship year, the fellow has experience performing the following skills or procedures:

  • Cardiovascular-focused physical exam
  • Documentation and development of cardiovascular-focused treatment plan
  • Chest radiograph interpretation
  • Electrocardiogram interpretation
  • Tilt table testing
  • Stress testing
  • Ankle brachial index
  • Hand-held echocardiography
  • Interrogation of ventricular assist devices
  • Presenting at informal and formal interdisciplinary lectures and conferences

By the end of the fellowship year, the fellow has an understanding in the following cardiovascular health care topics:

  • Issues in the elderly patient and vulnerable populations
  • Drug safety, pharmacoeconomics, pharmacoepidemiology and complementary medicine
  • Equitable allocation of resources
  • NP scope of practice


The Cardiology Nurse Practitioner Fellowship is comprised of monthly rotations including these specialty areas:

  • General cardiology
  • Electrophysiology
  • Interventional cardiology
  • Cardiovascular diagnostics
  • Adult congenital heart disease
  • Advanced heart failure
  • Vascular disease
  • Cardiac health and performance and cardiac rehabilitation
  • Cardiothoracic surgery and transplantation

Grading or evaluation

Successful completion of all clinical rotations' performance criteria, formal presentations, learning activities, and an academic manuscript or abstract is required for graduation.

Curriculum enhancements

Mayo School of Health Sciences is committed to developing and maintaining the best education programs. The curriculum and other aspects of this program are assessed constantly and changed as necessary to ensure the highest quality training.

  • Sep 19, 2013
  • ART689962