Accelerate your PA career. Advance with Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences.
If you want a direct path to pursue a career as a Physician Assistant (PA) — and the opportunity to work with the leading hospital in the nation — your journey begins here.
As part of our accelerated 3+2 PA program, you’ll study at Saint Mary’s state-of-the-art Aquinas Hall on the Winona Campus for three years. The following two years, you’ll learn from Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences faculty at Saint Mary’s Rochester Campus. Here, you’ll engage in clinical learning experiences at Mayo Clinic in Rochester and throughout Mayo Clinic Health System.
At the end of your fourth year, you’ll earn a Bachelor of Arts in Biology-Health Science from Saint Mary’s, and at the end of your fifth year, you’ll earn a Master of Health Sciences degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences.
The Master of Health Science curriculum prepares students to sit for the PANCE exam and seek licensure as a physician assistant in Minnesota.
The health science major is the baccalaureate component of the 3+2 Physician Assistant Program in collaboration with Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences.
What Makes it Special:
First three years: Winona Campus
Fourth and fifth years: Saint Mary’s Rochester Campus
Learn from Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences faculty
Engage in clinical learning experiences at Mayo Clinic in Rochester and throughout Mayo Clinic Health System
End of your fourth year: Earn a Bachelor of Arts in Biology Health Science from Saint Mary’s
End of your fifth year: Earn a Master of Health Sciences degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences. You’ll be prepared to sit for the PANCE exam and seek licensure as a physician assistant in Minnesota.
What You'll Learn
What You’ll Learn
Understand research methodology and the scientific method
In-depth knowledge between disease prevention and health promotion
Effective communication skills and collaboration with diverse groups
Scientific and mathematical foundations and principles
Workplace and issues in healthcare fields and environments
Ethical leadership skills and compassionate, competent patient care
The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences Physician Assistant Studies Program sponsored by Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science.
Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding Accreditation Provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students.
Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class.
The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website at http://www.arc-pa.org/accreditation-history-mayo-clinic-school-of-hs/.
Put your compassion to work.
Connect with patients in a direct way to improve their health and well-being.
Students must apply first to Saint Mary’s. Once accepted, interested students must apply to the 3+2 Physician Assistant Program.
Applications open August 1 for the 3+2 Physician Assistant Program and must be completed by December 1.
Following December 1, finalists will be invited to interview for the 18 available seats. Interviews will be conducted in January with final selections made in early February.
Students must have the following:
- Online application with three essay questions* (using no more than 500 words total for the three questions).
- Official High School Transcript. Ideal candidates will have completed or be prepared to enroll in college calculus.
- A minimum GPA of 3.5 or higher.
- Submission of the evaluation form by a high school teacher, coach, pastor, or employer.
- Submission of a letter of recommendation comple by a science teacher.
- Personal interview with Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences Faculty and Staff.
- The ideal candidate will understand the roles and responsibilities associated with a career as a Physician Assistant.
- Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate leadership, commitment to practice locally, maturity, resilience, compassion, service, and military service.
* The essay questions, teacher evaluation form, and letter of recommendation should be emailed to email@example.com.
Careers for the Future
Responding to a national need, this program creates highly skilled PAs who will work for Mayo Clinic Health Systems throughout the Midwest, serving patients with integrity and having a direct and meaningful impact on the quality of their patients’ lives.
Participate in and complete master-level physician assistant program to pursue a career as a physician assistant
Our faculty have found their mission: Helping you find yours.
Aaron Hungerholt, M.Ed.
Because of the accelerated coursework, your time on the Winona Campus is limited to three years. You’ll complete a required interdisciplinary minor as part of Integratus, the integrated general education program at Saint Mary’s. As part of this program, you’ll also attend seminars and participate in learning activities with Mayo Clinic PA faculty.
Qualified high school applicants [Cumulative high school GPA and Science/Math GPA of 3.5 or higher (scale of 4.0); ACT composite score of 24 or higher or SAT equivalent of 1170 or higher; ACT Math score of 26 OR calculus ready] will be selected, upon review of all application materials, to interview for a limited number of seats in the program. Please review the course catalog for more details.