Program description

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences offers the Physical Therapy Internship in Rochester, Minnesota, for students enrolled in an accredited physical therapy program.

The supervised clinical internship opportunities are for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant 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 Physical Therapy Internship thoroughly prepares individuals for practice in their affiliation area, such as acute care, neurological rehabilitation, sports medicine, geriatrics or another area.


Mayo Clinic's Physical Therapy Doctoral Program has been accredited since 1939. It is currently accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education.

See accreditation information for Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science.


Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, includes an extensive outpatient complex, Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester, and substantial research and education facilities.

This Mayo Clinic site is among the largest, most advanced medical centers in the world.

The Department of Physical Medicine and 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, Saint Marys Campus.

Through training activities, specialized equipment, videos and other learning resources, you learn to treat adult and pediatric 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 Physical Therapy Internship, your learning schedule includes eight-hour days, five days a week. While the regular workweek is usually 40 hours, additional projects, patient activities and homework may be assigned.

Class size

Throughout the year, Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences admits up to 50 students to its Physical Therapy Internship. This ensures you receive a comprehensive educational experience with close one-on-one instruction.

April 06, 2015