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Patient Care

"My Capstone experience involved immersing myself and experiencing patient care in as many different health care experiences as I could so I could learn to be more flexible in the care I would eventually deliver to patients." - Zach Domeier, '13

Patient Care

Healing bodies and minds is an art, a skill and a science. Students who are interested in a hands-on career offering quality care to patients, families and the community will find UMR’s innovative curriculum provides ample preparation for entry into the workforce or for advanced study.

Serving the needs of patients in a variety of urban and rural contexts, students who follow this Career Pathway might become:

• advanced nursing practice
• athletic trainers
• chiropractors
• dentists
• nuclear medicine technologists
• nutritionist/dietitian
• occupational therapists
• ophthalmologists
• pharmacists
• physical therapists
• physician assistants
• physicians
• surgical first assistants

Through the BS in Health Professions program, others complete their degrees to become:

• cardiac sonographers
• radiographers
• respiratory therapists
• sonographers

Featured Students

Hawa AliHawa Ali, '16

Degree: BSHS
Hometown: Rochester, MN

"My Capstone experience was focused on understanding and addressing disparate outcomes in health and education. With the help of my research mentor at Mayo Clinic, I created and conducted a research project that aimed to understand the disease burden of liver cancer in the Somali community."

Learn more about Hawa's experience.

Zach DomeierZach Domeier, ‘13

Degree: BSHS
Hometown: Oakdale, MN

"My Capstone experience truly shaped the way I practice medicine today by allowing me to work directly with a variety of practitioners and mold my current practice from the strengths I witnessed in each of them. It also allowed me to work alongside various allied health staff to better appreciate how their work affects overall patient outcomes."

Learn more about Zach's experience.

Bryar HansenBryar Hansen, ‘16

Degree: BSHS
Hometown: West Salem, WI

"I chose UMR because of the location. Being somewhat close to my hometown made it easy to have a good family balance while I navigated the excitement and rigors of UMR’s coursework. I also chose UMR because I knew I’d be pursuing medicine, and what better place to start that journey than right next door to one of the top hospitals in the country? Being so close to Mayo Clinic helped me find research opportunities and physician mentors who helped guide me to where I am today."

Learn more about Bryar's experience.

Eric MehlhaffEric Mehlhaff, ‘16

Degree: BSHS
Hometown: Hartford, SD

"UMR’s chancellor at the time, Chancellor Lehmkuhle, ultimately confirmed my decision to attend UMR when he discussed the three R’s – rigor, relevance and relationships. These three pillars were everything that I was seeking in an undergraduate program and their importance cannot be overlooked."

Learn more about Eric's experience.

Bethany O'BryanBethany O'Bryan, ‘18

Degree: BSHS
Hometown: Rochester, MN

"My Capstone gave me a chance to dip my toes into medicine at the intersection of human, animal and environmental health. I could never have guessed how valuable my time at UMR and my Capstone would be."

Learn more about Bethany's experience.

Mackenzie RahnenfuehrerMackenzie Rahnenfuehrer, ‘17

Degree: BSHS
Hometown: Rochester, MN

"The BSHS program helped me learn more about health care careers in general which allowed me to discover the path that I wanted to pursue and how to get there."

Learn more about Mackenzie's experience.

Hannah SalkHannah Salk, ‘13

Degree: BSHS
Hometown: Sartell, MN

"UMR’s curriculum meant that I could significantly influence my own trajectory in regards to courses, volunteering, research, and more since I was encouraged to pursue and seek out opportunities that were important to me."

Learn more about Hannah's experience.

Megan ZimmermanMegan Zimmerman, ‘16

Degree: BSHS
Hometown: Pine City, MN

"I grew as a student and a person, and I was much more prepared for graduate school because of my Capstone experience. I built strong relationships that helped me transition from being an undergraduate student to a graduate student in a doctoral program."

Learn more about Megan's experience.

Read more about UMR's featured Pathways students.

Students pursuing the Patient Care Pathway have engaged in meaningful experiences such as these listed below.

Current UMR students: reach out to your Student Success Coach for more information. 

Prospective students: contact the Office of Admissions for more information.

Internships and volunteer opportunities allow you to gain valuable experience in a professional field. These opportunities help students develop marketable skills and competencies through hands-on experience, build a network of contacts and gain insight into a professional field. These experiences assist students in finding a career that aligns with personal and professional goals and passions.


***Consider reaching out to these organizations for shadowing. NOTE: Mayo Clinic has a process for shadowing, contact your coach for more information


You will have various opportunities for employment during your undergraduate studies. The organizations listed below are good places to explore employment opportunities.

  • PCA at Mayo Clinic
  • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) at Samaritan Bethany, Charter House, Madonna Towers, The Waters 
  • Urology Technician at Mayo
  • Polysomnography Technician at Mayo
  • Direct Support Personnel/Personal Care Giver at Hiawatha Homes, Southeastern Minnesota Center for Independent Living, Cardinal of Minnesota, Visiting Angels, REM River Bluffs,
  • Scribing at Mayo, ScribeAmerica 
  • Phlebotomy at Mayo
  • Pharmacy Tech at Walgreens, CVS, Mayo Clinic, Costco
  • Health Unit Coordinator at Mayo Clinic
  • Standardized Patient (medical actor) at Mayo Clinic Simulation Center

As a student in health sciences, you will have many opportunities to participate in research. Below is a list of previous research experiences students in the Patient Care pathway have participated in.

  • Ophthalmology Research at Mayo Clinic
  • Sleep Neurology and Medicine at Mayo Clinic
  • Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCATS) - InsciedOut, Lab Opportunities at Mayo Clinic
  • Kern Center at Mayo Clinic


There are other avenues you can take to pursue your pathway as well. Check out the options listed below.

  • IHI: Institute for Healthcare Improvement Student Club: Aims to improvement practices in healthcare which often involve patient interaction
  • Pre-Health Careers Club
  • Health Professions Connection
  • Rehabilitation Therapy Club (OT and PT)
  • HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America)

Study Away/Global Travel Experiences:

  • MSID Programs