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

These prerequisite courses are required:

Course Credit hours
Anatomy and physiology with lab (human recommended) 6
General biology 3
General or intro to 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 of a 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 School of Health Sciences and Mayo Clinic.

Each applicant with special situations is considered and reviewed by the program director and application committee to determine eligibility.

International applicants

U.S. citizenship or permanent immigrant status is required for admission to the Surgical First Assistant Program.

Applicants who have received education from outside of the U.S. must have their educational transcripts translated (if not already in English) and evaluated for U.S. equivalency by an accredited credential evaluation service company prior to submission. The applicant pays for the examination and credential evaluation services.

More information

See further Mayo School of Health Sciences admissions policy information.

  • Nov 6, 2013
  • ART727416