Program description

The Physical Therapy Orthopaedic Residency at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, is designed to significantly advance the physical therapy resident's preparation as a provider of patient and client care services in the area of orthopaedic clinical practice.

The program includes activities that promote the physical therapy resident's continued integration of practice, research and scholarly inquiry consistent with the program's mission and philosophy. Residents are licensed physical therapists and receive a stipend and benefit package.

The Physical Therapy Orthopaedic Residency is 12 months in length. Residency components include:

  • Independent patient care
  • One-on-one mentoring
  • A research project
  • Teaching responsibilities
  • Planned didactic and laboratory course work designed to provide a basis for advanced clinical practice

Program goals

  • Support the mission, vision and values of Mayo Clinic to inspire hope and contribute to optimal patient health and well-being by providing the best care to every patient through integrated clinical practice, education and research
  • Promote Mayo Clinic's reputation as an industry leader of excellence in clinical practice and become a nationally recognized provider for post-professional clinical training within the area of orthopaedic physical therapy
  • Prepare residents to be highly skilled critical thinkers who embrace lifelong learning and are grounded in the principles of evidence-based practice
  • Develop skilled orthopaedic physical therapy practitioners who are able to provide an unparalleled patient experience at Mayo Clinic, the most trusted partner in health care
  • Provide an avenue for physical therapists to achieve board certification in orthopaedics through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS)


The Physical Therapy Orthopaedic Residency offered by Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences in Rochester, Minnesota, is accredited by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE) council of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

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.

Graduation and certification

Upon successful completion of the Physical Therapy Orthopaedic Residency, residents receive a certificate of completion from Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences. Residents are eligible to take the orthopaedic specialist examination administered by the ABPTS.


For the majority of the residency, the learning schedule includes eight-hour days, five days a week.

Class size

Each year, the Physical Therapy Orthopaedic Residency admits up to two residents.

Jan. 12, 2015