University of Minnesota | Rochester
in educational collaboration with Mayo School of Health Sciences

Admission to BSHP

Admissions Criteria include:

  • Application Fee
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher required for admission to UMR
  • Recommended minimum cumulative STEM GPA of 2.5 for all attempts of prerequisite science courses within five years of application
  • Grade of C- or higher in all science prerequisite and liberal education courses
  • Patient care experience (please note each track within the BSHP may have different requirements for patient care experience)
  • Official High school transcript (only if a bachelor's or associate's degree has not been awarded)
  • Official College Transcript(s)
  • Application Essay (300 to 500 words)
  • Personal Interview conducted by each tracks admissions committee

Applications for the BSHP are available in August and must be submitted by February 1.  The application must be submitted online.

Attributes You Should Possess -  Most successful BSHP applicants possess a common set of attributes that:

  • Ability to think critically and possess strong academic skills, particularly in science and math (2012 admitted students average GPA was 3.29 and STEM GPA was 3.33).
  • Ability to read, write, and speak fluently in English is necessary for successful admission into the BSHP.  Communications, not only with other health care professions but also with the patient and the patient's family are vitally important.
  • You have explored and understand the profession by spending time with practitioners in that profession (shadowing or observation experience).
  • You have involved yourself in relevant extracurricular activities or community service, such as volunteering your time at a hospital, nursing home, hospice, or other health care setting. 
  • You enjoy working as part of a team of professionals.  Health care is increasingly a team activity where a successful outcome depends upon each member of a medical team being able to work with others on the team.
  • You possess a desire to continue to learn as practice constantly changes in regards to treatments and medications.
  • You desire to provide compassionate care for patients across the lifespan and to their unique needs. 

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Selected applicants will be invited to Rochester to interview at Mayo School of Health Sciences (MSHS) in March.  Admissions decisions will be notified by UMR and MSHS in April.  Classes begin mid-August.

Appointment to Mayo School of Health Sciences:

Students selected for admission to the Bachelor of Science in Health Professions will be notified of their clinical appointment to the Mayo School of Health Sciences. Admission to UMR as well as appointment to Mayo School of Health Sciences is contingent upon final completion of prerequisite courses. Students are required to submit final transcripts for courses that were in progress at the time of admission to the University of Minnesota Rochester,Office of Admissions.

Mayo School of Health Sciences clinical appointment is offered with the requirement that all enrolled students:

  • Be fluent in written and spoken English. Students whose native language is not English must present a score of at least 572 on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or 230 on the computer-based TOEFL, or 84 on Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) to be considered fluent. TOEFL test results must be submitted to the University of Minnesota Rochester Office of Admissions.
  • Document current health status and immunizations according to Mayo School of Health Sciences student policy
  • Be covered by a personal medical plan. (University of Minnesota Rochester students have access to a personal medical plan).
  • Pass Minnesota state mandatory background checks

International Students:

U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Resident Status is required for admission to the Bachelor of Science in Health Professions Degree.

The University of Minnesota Rochester  welcomes and encourages international applications for the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences undergraduate degree. To learn more about this degree, and how to apply as an international student, please visit international students.