Admissions and Application Process

The Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences application process is competitive, but admission to your program of choice is certainly achievable. Your academic transcripts and admission essays and a thoughtful interview process help ensure that you are a good fit for your program and your program will be a strong fit for your skills and strengths.


Program-specific prerequisites are listed on the admissions page for each Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences program. See Academics for information about each program.

Non-U.S. citizen applicants

Admission to Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences is generally open to U.S. workers. Therefore, visa sponsorship is generally not available. Certain Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences programs have been granted approval to admit non-U.S. workers, in which case the program-specific website will state such on its admissions page.

U.S. worker refers to those who are authorized to work in the United States, including:

  1. U.S. citizens
  2. U.S. nationals
  3. Lawful permanent residents
  4. Asylees and refugees

Admissions policy

Modern 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 Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences programs is to graduate the best possible health care practitioners. Further, Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences must also ensure that patients are not placed in jeopardy by students with impaired intellectual, physical or emotional functions.

Therefore, admission to educational programs in the school is offered only to those applicants who meet qualifications for education and training in the art and science of the respective allied health profession. In addition to holding a minimum of a high school diploma or GED (or equivalent), applicants should possess the following general qualities at all times:

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

Fluency in written and spoken English is essential for success in the program and to ensure patient safety. Applicants must demonstrate objective competency in English through the admission interview and may be required to submit results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination or equivalent examination.

Applicants will be judged not only on their scholastic accomplishments but also on their physical and emotional capacities to meet the requirements of the program's curriculum and graduate as skilled and effective practitioners, with reasonable accommodations, if applicable. To preserve the welfare of students and patients, each Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences program will establish minimum standards that are deemed essential for safety in practicing that respective profession. Applicants seeking accommodations should initiate their request with the specific program director.

In addition to these general qualities, admissions committees for each program may require additional specific admission standards. Documentation of these program-specific standards is available from each individual program director. Specific questions about the above requirements may be directed to the program director.

Additional admission requirements

Applicants offered admission to Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences programs must also comply with the following prevailing institutional policies and procedures:

  • Immunization
  • Occupational health review, a physical exam or both
  • Background study and immediate disclosure of any criminal convictions
  • Drug screen
  • Health insurance
  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), confidentiality, and other training deemed necessary by Mayo Clinic and/or the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences program in which you are offered admission

Specific questions about these additional requirements may be directed to the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science Office of Student Services at 507-284-3678.

Failure to comply or to provide requested documentation is grounds for discontinuing the admission process or rescinding an admission offer.

Appointments are made by the recommendation of medical and program directors of the allied health educational programs. The individual programs have the primary responsibility for selection of students. Normally, this is accomplished within the individual programs through an admissions committee, whose membership may include Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences representation as well as individuals from the sponsoring department.

Student responsibilities

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

Equal opportunity

Mayo Clinic 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 status. For more information, visit the Office for Diversity.

March 28, 2018