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Physical Therapy Doctoral Program (Minnesota)

Program description

Mayo School of Health Sciences' Physical Therapy Doctoral Program at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, is a 33-month, entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program that prepares 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 Doctoral Program faculty members encourage students to commit to ongoing self-evaluation in their professional and personal development. You are trained as both a physical therapy consumer and practitioner, able to contribute to the field of physical therapy. You become a service-oriented professional who practices within the ethical and legal scope of current physical therapy practice.

The Physical Therapy Doctoral 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.

Mission statement

The mission of the Physical Therapy Doctoral Program 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 Physical Therapy Doctoral Program at Mayo School of Health Sciences is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE):

The Physical Therapy Doctoral Program at Mayo Clinic has been accredited since 1939.

See accreditation information for Mayo Clinic College of Medicine.


The Department of Physical Medicine and 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 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.

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 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 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

Each year, Mayo School of Health Sciences admits up to 28 students to the Physical Therapy Doctoral Program.

  • Jan 7, 2015
  • ART466910