Program description

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences offers a Physical Therapy Internship for those students enrolled in an accredited physical therapy program.

The supervised clinical internship opportunities are for physical therapist students. Internships are arranged by the academic coordinator of clinical education at your college or university after you have completed the academic portion of your curriculum.

The Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences Physical Therapy Internship thoroughly prepares individuals for practice in their affiliation area (e.g. acute care, neurologic rehabilitation, sports medicine, geriatrics, etc.).


Mayo Foundation is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

  • Higher Learning Commission
    • 30 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
      Chicago, IL 60602-2504
    • Phone: 800-621-7440 (toll-free) or 312-263-0456
    • Fax: 312-263-7462

Affiliated institution(s)

To participate in the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences Physical Therapy Internship at Mayo Clinic in Arizona, you must be enrolled in a physical therapy program at one of the following affiliated academic institutions:


Mayo Clinic in Arizona opened in 1987 as a premiere academic medical center in the southwestern United States, where advanced programs in medical research and education support the highest-quality patient care.

Scottsdale Campus is centered around a beautiful five-story outpatient clinic. This modern facility contains 240 exam rooms, an outpatient surgery center equipped for general anesthesia, a full-service laboratory, a pharmacy, a patient-education library, an endoscopy suite and a 188-seat auditorium for patient, staff and student education programs. Services in more than 66 medical and surgical disciplines are provided, including programs in cancer treatment and organ transplantation. The Scottsdale Campus offers excellent education facilities, including classrooms, lecture halls, an extensive library and computer lab. The Samuel C. Johnson Research Center, a 75,000-square-foot building, houses scientists, trainees and students focused on molecular genetics, molecular immunology, molecular and cell biology, molecular chemistry and surgical research.

On the Phoenix Campus, the state-of-the-art 200+-bed Mayo Clinic Hospital, which opened in 1998, is the first hospital entirely designed and built by Mayo. It has been recognized as "the Best Hospital in Phoenix" several times by Phoenix magazine.

The Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation offers comprehensive physical medicine and rehabilitation care for both inpatients and outpatients. At Mayo Clinic, physician evaluations, as well as physical and occupational therapy services, are available. Inpatient rehabilitation care is provided at Mayo Clinic Hospital.

Through training activities, specialized equipment, videos and other learning resources, you will learn to treat adult patients with medical diagnoses typically seen in the rehabilitative clinical setting, including stroke, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, cancer, cardiac conditions and neurological impairments.


For the majority of the internship, your learning schedule will include eight-hour days, five days per week. While the regular workweek is usually 40 hours, additional projects, patient activities and homework may be assigned.

Class size

Each year, Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences admits a varied number of students to its Physical Therapy Internship Program at Mayo Clinic in Arizona. You will receive a comprehensive educational experience with close one-on-one instruction.

Jan. 29, 2013