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Program description

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, offers diverse and challenging clinical experiences to nursing students enrolled in Mayo Clinic-affiliated nursing programs.

Over the years, nursing education at Mayo Clinic has evolved from a practical need for the best nursing care for Mayo patients. Consequently, Mayo has played an integral role in providing opportunities for nursing education since its earliest days. Mayo's first allied health professional — Edith Graham Mayo, wife of Mayo co-founder Dr. Charles H. Mayo — was trained as a nurse anesthetist in 1889.

Today, nursing education is offered at local and regional affiliated colleges and universities, with Mayo Clinic providing vital clinical experiences as students advance in their education. Mayo Clinic does not offer undergraduate nursing degree programs, but rather collaborates with academic partners to provide comprehensive educational opportunities.

Clinical experiences are arranged between the student's school and the program director for Mayo Clinic's Nursing Academic Affairs. They are co-facilitated by Mayo Clinic professional nursing staff and affiliated nursing faculty. These educational experiences provide nursing students opportunities to work alongside other professionals in a multidisciplinary health care environment.

Mayo Clinic's Department of Nursing supports a diversity of choices in nursing education to promote professional growth and allow flexibility to pursue educational goals. The department has received Magnet Recognition status from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. This award recognizes excellence in nursing services, development of a professional milieu, and growth and development of the nursing staff. Magnet institutions act as "magnets" by attracting and retaining outstanding nurses and creating a work environment that recognizes and rewards professional nursing.

At Mayo Clinic, you observe and experience patient care delivery 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


Mayo's affiliated nursing education programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (formerly known as the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission) or the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

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

Affiliated institutions

To participate in the Nursing Clinical Education Program at Mayo Clinic, you must be enrolled in a nursing program at one of our affiliated academic institutions:


Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, includes an extensive outpatient complex, Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester, and substantial research and education facilities. This Mayo Clinic site is among the largest, most advanced medical centers in the world.

Both Mayo Clinic's outpatient and inpatient facilities provide the training areas for the Nursing Clinical Education Program. In some cases, students also have access to community-based educational opportunities with Mayo Clinic-based programs and facilities.

Mayo Clinic's state-of-the-art diagnostic, therapeutic and research facilities enhance student clinical experiences and the ability for clinical preceptors to provide high-quality clinical education experiences.

Graduation and certification

As Mayo Clinic does not have a school of nursing, it does not confer credits or certification upon completion of nursing clinical education within Mayo facilities. When you successfully complete the nursing program at your affiliated school, you will receive your nursing degree from that college or university.


Your nursing clinical education hours vary according to your affiliated school schedule and class requirements. Some clinical hours occur during the daytime and some during the evening.

Class size

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences provides clinical educational experiences for approximately 1,300 students from 11 affiliated institutions each year in the Nursing Clinical Education Programs at Mayo's campus in Rochester.

Dec. 18, 2014