Become a Physician Assistant

In collaboration with Mayo Clinic, Saint Mary's offers a 5-year program for PAs.

This highly competitive program for incoming first-year students will put you on the fast track to begin a meaningful and versatile career in the medical field — and to ultimately work within the Midwest for the world-renowned Mayo Clinic Health System.

Apply now to be one of 18 students admitted to the Saint Mary’s program.

Program Details

As part of this accelerated program, you will spend three years studying at Saint Mary’s new state-of-the-art Science and Learning Center on our Winona Campus (with limited seats also available at University of Minnesota Rochester).

The following two years, you will learn from Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences faculty at Saint Mary’s Cascade Meadow in Rochester and have clinical learning experiences at Mayo Clinic in Rochester and throughout Mayo Clinic Health System.

At the conclusion of your fourth year, you will earn a Bachelor of Arts degree from Saint Mary’s University, and at the end of your fifth year, you will earn a Master of Health Sciences in PA Studies Degree from Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences.

This allows you to:

Complete your degree in five years, saving on time and tuition costs.

Put yourself in a position to work for Mayo Clinic, one of the nation’s leading medical care organizations.

Learn from the best in the nation, which will give you a tremendous advantage.

Gain flexible skills needed in a variety of settings: family medicine, urgent care, pediatrics, surgery, and emergency medicine.

Program Costs

Years 1-3, students will pay Saint Mary’s Physician Assistant program tuition and fees, and qualify for Saint Mary's scholarships and need-based assistance. 2019-20 tuition and fees will be announced in January 2019.

Years 4-5, students will pay Mayo Clinic tuition and fees.

Admission Information

  • Online application with required essay portion
  • Transcripts
  • One letter of recommendation from a science teacher
  • A minimum GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • ACT composite score of 24 or higher, or SAT equivalent of 1170 or higher
  • Personal interview
  • The ideal candidate will understand the roles and responsibilities associated with a career as a PA
  • Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate leadership, commitment, maturity, resilience, compassion, and service


Application deadline: Dec. 7

Notice of Saint Mary's acceptance: Dec. 21

Interview with Mayo Clinic personnel: Jan. 28-31

Announcement of acceptance: Feb. 8


Mayo Clinic PA Program has applied for Accreditation - Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). Mayo Clinic PA Program anticipates matriculating its first class in August 2020, pending achieving Accreditation - Provisional status at the March 2020 ARC-PA meeting. 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. If Accreditation - Provisional status is not granted the program will not commence.