Up to 28 candidates are accepted each year on a competitive basis for the Physical Therapy Doctoral Program at Mayo Clinic in Rochester.
Applicants are initially screened on the basis of their grade point average, GRE score, character, observational or actual work experience in physical therapy (minimum of 100 hours), and letters of recommendation.
The program uses a "rolling admissions" process in which applications will be reviewed in the order in which they are received. IT IS TO YOUR BENEFIT TO APPLY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE BEGINNING JULY 2. The Admissions Committee will begin reviewing applications in August.
How to apply
Your application and all supporting documentation must be submitted online before October 15 for classes beginning the following August. Online applications are available via Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) starting July 2 of the preceding year.
To apply to the program complete the following steps:
Complete the application via PTCAS.
A complete application includes the following:
- Official transcripts from post-high school institutions
- Official GRE scores (use Institutional Code for Mayo School of Health Sciences #5784 and PT Department Code #0619) SHOULD BE SENT DIRECTLY TO THE MAYO PT PROGRAM.
- Three letters of recommendation 1) educational/academic, 2) work-related or volunteer, and 3) PT related.
- If you are considered for an appointment, you will be invited to visit Mayo Clinic in Rochester for a personal interview with the Admissions Committee. All costs associated with this interview are your responsibility.
International applications to the DPT program are welcomed, although preference will be given to U.S. citizens. International applicants must complete two requirements in addition to standard application procedures described above. First, potential students from outside of the United States or Canada must submit educational transcripts and documents through an accredited credential evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services or NAFSA: Association of International Educators. Second, foreign applicants must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and submit scores to Mayo School of Heath Sciences. Our institutional code is 5784 and the Physical Therapy program/department code is 48. Our minimum score requirement for the TOEFL, consistent with general recommendations for graduate students in the health professions, includes a total TOEFL score that exceeds 89 with a minimum score of 25 for Speaking.