Program description

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, offers diverse and challenging clinical experiences to students enrolled in an accredited nurse practitioner program.

Affiliated institutions

To participate in Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences' Nurse Practitioner Clinical Residency, you must be a practicing nurse at Mayo Clinic or within the Mayo Clinic Health System and enrolled in an accredited nurse practitioner (NP) program that is not fully online.

Below is a list of preferred schools, though other institutions will also be considered.

For psychiatric-mental health track only

Your college or university program director and Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences Nurse Practitioner Clinical Residency program director arrange your clinical experiences.

The clinicals are facilitated by Mayo Clinic professional providers, including NPs, physician assistants, physicians and clinical nurse specialists (mental health only), and provide nurse practitioner students opportunities to work alongside other professionals in a multidisciplinary health care environment.

Students observe and experience the delivery of patient care in a comprehensive health care center that offers:

  • A caring, collaborative environment
  • State-of-the-art diagnostic, therapeutic and research facilities
  • A large, diverse patient population
  • An environment based on a team approach and with a commitment to mutual respect


Our affiliated nurse practitioner education programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

See accreditation information for Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science.


The Mayo Clinic campus in Rochester includes an extensive outpatient complex, Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester, and substantial research and education facilities.

This Mayo site is among the largest, most advanced medical centers in the world.

Mayo Clinic Health System is composed of facilities in 70 communities in southeastern Minnesota, southwestern Wisconsin and northern Iowa.

Graduation and certification

When you successfully complete your master's or doctorate degree in nursing with population foci at your affiliated school, you are eligible to apply for the national certification via examination. You also receive a certificate from Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences indicating your successful completion of the Nurse Practitioner Clinical Residency.


For the majority of the residency, your learning schedule includes eight-hour days, three to four days a week.

Class size

Each year, the class size of the Nurse Practitioner Clinical Residency varies depending on the needs of the clinical areas within the institution. This ensures you receive a comprehensive educational experience with close one-on-one instruction.

Sept. 23, 2014