Program description

Students enrolled in an accredited physician assistant baccalaureate or master's degree program at our affiliated education institutions complete their clinical experience at Mayo Clinic's campus in Arizona or other practice sites as part of their education.

This clinical rotation gives physician assistant students the hands-on clinical experience they need in a health care setting with a diverse patient population.


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Mayo Clinic in Arizona opened in 1987 as a premier academic medical center in the southwestern United States where advanced programs in medical research and education support the highest quality patient care. In 2014, Mayo Clinic in Arizona was ranked No. 1 in Arizona and the Phoenix area on U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals list.

Mayo Clinic has two campuses in Arizona. On the Mayo Clinic campus in Phoenix is the state-of-the-art Mayo Clinic Hospital, the first hospital entirely designed and built by Mayo Clinic. It has been recognized several times by Phoenix magazine as the "Best Hospital in Phoenix."

The Mayo Clinic campus in Scottsdale is centered around a beautiful five-story outpatient clinic. This modern facility contains extensive exam rooms, an outpatient surgery center equipped for general anesthesia, a full-service laboratory, pharmacy, patient education library, endoscopy suite, and a 188-seat auditorium for patient, staff and student education programs. Services in numerous medical and surgical disciplines are provided, including outstanding programs in cancer treatment and organ transplantation.

The Scottsdale campus offers excellent education facilities, including classrooms, lecture halls, an extensive library and a computer lab. The Samuel C. Johnson Medical Research Building, a 75,000-square-foot building, houses scientists, trainees and students focused on molecular genetics, molecular immunology, molecular and cell biology, molecular chemistry, and surgical research.

The campus includes a 3,000-square-foot multidisciplinary simulation center that simulates real-life patient care situations, enabling learners to practice on sophisticated mannequins in a no-risk environment. Experiential learning enhances patient safety and improves competency assessment of learners through new modes of simulation-based education.

The campus also includes a state-of-the-art education and conference center, which has a 330-seat auditorium and adjacent meeting rooms. The facility serves all types of learners engaging in lifelong learning.

Graduation and certification

After completing your clinical rotation(s) and the summative examination provided by your school, you graduate from your college or university, receiving your degree in physician assistant studies.

Graduates are eligible to take the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam administered by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.


For the majority of the clinical rotation, your learning schedule includes eight-hour days, five days a week.

Class size

Each year, Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences admits 20 to 30 students in physician assistant clinical rotations at Mayo Clinic's campus in Arizona. This ensures you receive a comprehensive educational experience with close one-on-one instruction.

Dec. 17, 2014