Physical Therapy Doctoral Program (Minnesota)
Mayo School of Health Sciences Physical Therapy Program at Mayo Clinic in Rochester is a 33-month, entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program that will prepare you for your career as a physical therapist.
The program is committed to educating students to become knowledgeable, skillful generalist physical therapists who embrace high ethical and professional standards.
When you graduate from the program, you will be:
- Skilled in screening, examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, intervention and prevention of disorders or conditions impairing movement, function and health.
- Capable of assuming responsibility for independent judgment in making sound decisions regarding patient management.
- Prepared to care for patients with varying conditions and in diverse health-care settings.
- Able to practice both independently and collaboratively in a multicultural society.
- Ready to assume the multifaceted roles of an active professional, including practitioner, educator, researcher, consultant, administrator, collaborator, advocate and lifelong learner.
- Qualified to promote the advancement of physical therapy through practice, education and research.
Physical Therapy Program faculty members encourage students to commit to ongoing self-evaluation in their professional and personal development. You will be trained as both a physical therapy consumer and practitioner, able to contribute to the field of physical therapy. You will become a service-oriented professional who practices within the ethical and legal scope of current physical therapy practice.
The Physical Therapy Program curriculum follows a traditional model that embraces evidence-based physical therapy practice. It includes a strong clinical education component to give you the necessary breadth and depth to achieve proficiency in professional skills.
The mission of the Program in Physical Therapy is to inspire hope among those we serve and contribute to health and well-being by promoting the best physical therapy management to every patient through integrated education, research and clinical practice.
The Program in Physical Therapy at the Mayo School of Health Sciences is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) at the following address:
The Physical Therapy Program at Mayo Clinic has been accredited since 1939.
The College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic also 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 or 312-263-0456
- Fax: 312-263-7462
The Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation offers comprehensive 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 Saint Marys Hospital.
Through training activities, specialized equipment, videos and other learning resources, you will 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.
The Mayo Clinic campus in Rochester, Minn., comprises an extensive outpatient complex, Saint Marys Hospital and Rochester Methodist Hospital, and substantial research and education facilities.
This Mayo site is among the largest, most advanced medical centers in the world.
Graduation and certification
Upon successful completion of the Physical Therapy Doctoral Program, you will receive a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree from Mayo School of Health Sciences.
Graduates are eligible to take the national licensure examination. Successful completion of the professional licensure exam is required before you can begin practice. Each state requires licensure prior to practice.
For the majority of the program, 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.
Each year, Mayo School of Health Sciences admits up to 28 students in its Physical Therapy Doctoral Program at Mayo Clinic in Rochester.