Nursing Program

Perioperative Nursing Program

The Perioperative Nursing Program at Mayo Clinic in Florida is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary for a nursing career in the operating room. This program offers the high-quality didactic and clinical experiences needed to help you become a well-rounded, fully competent perioperative registered nurse.

Mayo Clinic accepts a limited number of new graduate RNs and experienced RNs with no OR experience into the Perioperative Nursing Program on a competitive basis. This ensures you'll receive a comprehensive educational experience with close one-on-one instruction.

Upon acceptance into the program, you'll be assigned to a paid nursing position in an operating room and be eligible for benefits. Clinical experiences are held at Mayo Clinic's hospital in Jacksonville, Fla., where you'll assist with general and specialty surgery.

During the 12-week Perioperative Nursing Program, you'll typically work eight-hour days, five days a week. After completing the program, you'll begin individualized unit orientation with an assigned preceptor who works collaboratively with the unit-based educator. The average length of orientation with a preceptor is another 12 weeks.
After completing the courses and receiving a passing score on the comprehensive final exam, you'll be awarded 40 contact hours from the Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses. Perioperative nurses are eligible to take the perioperative certification exam after completing two years of perioperative nursing.
To be eligible for the Perioperative Nursing Program, you must have:
  • Graduated from an accredited nursing school (bachelor's degree preferred)
  • Obtained your Florida registered nurse (R.N.) license prior to the program start date
Please visit the nursing jobs at Mayo Clinic in Florida Web page for available Perioperative Nursing Program positions. If this program is not available, you may click "Email jobs to me." You'll then be notified via email when future positions become available. When you apply, you must provide electronic copies of these documents:
  • Resume with clinical information
  • Cover letter
  • One letter of recommendation from a clinical instructor or nurse manager/supervisor for non new graduate candidates
  • Transcripts
  • Nursing license (if obtained at time of application)
For more information about the Perioperative Nursing Program or how to apply for a nursing position at Mayo Clinic in Florida, please contact: