To be eligible for admission to the Physical Therapy Internship, you must be currently enrolled in an accredited physical therapy education program. Admission to the internship is prearranged by the academic coordinator from your college or university.

There are two levels of practice in physical therapy: physical therapist and physical therapist assistant.

All courses of study require a period of supervised clinical experience and successful completion of a national examination. Those who pass the test are awarded the title of physical therapist or physical therapist assistant.

Physical therapy programs are available in colleges, universities, medical schools, and vocational, technical or community colleges throughout the country. There are no on-the-job training programs. Because entrance requirements, prerequisites and program components differ from school to school, it's important to get specific information from those programs to which you are interested in applying.

See the CAPTE Directory of Programs for a list of accredited physical therapy education programs.

Technical standards

Most full-time physical therapists work a 40-hour week. The job can be physically demanding because therapists often have to stoop, kneel, crouch, lift and stand for long periods. In addition, physical therapists move heavy equipment and lift patients or help them turn, stand or walk.

You must be able to perform the essential functions of the profession and meet the standards of the curriculum. Students seeking exceptions to these standards or reasonable accommodations should initiate their request with the program director following Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines.

International applicants

See the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences international applicants policy.

More information

See further Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences admissions policy information.

April 06, 2015