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For admission to and participation in the Mayo School of Health Sciences Nursing Clinical Education programs, you must:

  • Be enrolled in an accredited nursing program with one of our affiliated education partners
  • Be in good academic standing

Today's allied health education requires that the accumulation of scientific knowledge be accompanied by the simultaneous acquisition of essential skills and professional attitudes and behavior. The goal of MSHS programs is to assist our affiliated nursing programs to graduate the best health care practitioners.

MSHS must ensure that patients are not placed in jeopardy by students with impaired intellectual, physical or emotional functions. Therefore, admission to the MSHS Clinical nursing program is offered only to those applicants who meet appropriate qualifications for education and training within the affiliated nursing programs. Nursing students should possess the following general qualities:

  • Critical thinking
  • Sound judgment
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Emotional stability and maturity
  • Empathy
  • Physical and mental stamina
  • Ability to learn and function in a wide variety of didactic and clinical settings

You must be able to perform the essential functions of the profession and meet the standards of the affiliated nursing program's curriculum.

Students seeking exceptions to these standards or reasonable accommodations should initiate their request with the director of their affiliated nursing program.

Fluency in written and spoken English is essential for success in the program and to ensure patient safety. Each student must demonstrate objective competency in English through their affiliated nursing program's requirements.

Applicants are judged not only on scholastic accomplishments, but also on physical and emotional capacities to meet the requirements of the affiliated nursing program's curriculum and to graduate as skilled and effective practitioners, with reasonable accommodations, if applicable.

Additional Admission Requirements
Nursing Students from affiliated nursing programs must also comply with prevailing institutional policies and procedures regarding:

  • Immunization
  • Background Study
  • Drug Screen
  • Health Insurance
  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Confidentiality, and other training deemed necessary by Mayo Clinic and/or the MSHS program.

Questions about these requirements can be directed to the school.

Failure to comply or to provide requested documentation is grounds for rescinding admission or terminating admission to the MSHS Nursing Clinical Education program.

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 the affiliated nursing Program Director at MSHS.

Health status
Prospective nursing students will undergo a health review at their home institution and will have the opportunity to update or receive the required tests and immunizations cited above as necessary before beginning clinical experiences at the Mayo Clinic.

Background check
Prospective students must pass a criminal background check as required by state laws, prior to participating in nursing clinical education experiences at Mayo Clinic.

Student responsibilities
Students are required to exhibit professional and ethical conduct at all times. Students work, conduct or health that may have a detrimental effect on Mayo Clinic patients, staff or operations may result in suspension or revocation of student status at the Mayo Clinic.

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.

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