Program description

Students enrolled in physician assistant (PA) baccalaureate or master's degree programs at affiliated educational institutions may complete their required clinical experience at Mayo Clinic, Mayo Clinic Health System or other practice sites as part of their education.

This clinical rotation provides PA students with clinical experience in a health care setting with a diverse patient population and enables them to complete their college or university degree program.


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

Affiliated institutions

Mayo Clinic provides clinical rotation experiences for PA programs across the country. Students should check with their clinical coordinator to determine if their clinical experience may be completed at Mayo Clinic.

Mayo Clinic employees seeking to qualify for an educational leave of absence while in a PA program must be enrolled at one of these affiliated institutions:

Facilities (clinical rotations)

Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, includes an extensive campus that provides students with both inpatient and outpatient experiences, as well as substantial research and education facilities.

Mayo Clinic Health System is composed of facilities in more than 70 communities across southeastern Minnesota, southwestern Wisconsin and northern Iowa to provide both inpatient and outpatient experiences.

Graduation and certification

Upon successful completion of the physician assistant program and clinical internship, students will graduate from their college or university and receive their Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or Master of Science (M.S.) degree in physician assistant studies.

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


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

July 20, 2017