To be eligible to apply for the Physical Therapy Geriatric Residency at Mayo Clinic in Arizona you must have:
- Current licensure as a Physical Therapist by the State of Arizona Board of Physical Therapy Examiners
- Compliance with Mayo Clinic’s Physical Therapy's general employment requirements, which may include a criminal background check and pre/post employment drug testing
- Preferred Membership in the APTA and its Section on Geriatrics
All applicants are evaluated by our Physical Therapy Geriatric Residency acceptance committee based on the following criteria:
- Academic education, degrees obtained
- Clinical education and mentoring experiences
- Clinical experience specific to geriatric physical therapy
- Research experience
- Community service
- Letters of reference
Other factors that weigh in the committee’s decision:
- Completion of an extended internship or externship under the direct clinical supervision of a clinical specialist in geriatric physical therapy
- Demonstration of superior verbal and written communication skills
- Experience in data collection, analysis and publication
- Strong fundamentals in the principles of clinical reasoning and the application of age-appropriate examination and treatment procedures
Please contact the program director before proceeding with the application process.
Today's allied health education requires that the accumulation of scientific knowledge be accompanied by the simultaneous acquisition of essential skills and professional attitudes and behavior. The goal of MSHS programs is to graduate the best health care practitioners.
Further, MSHS must also ensure that patients are not placed in jeopardy by students with impaired intellectual, physical or emotional functions. Therefore, admission to educational programs is offered only to those applicants who meet qualifications for education and training in the art and science of the respective allied health profession.
Applicants should possess the following general qualities at all times:
- Critical thinking
- Sound judgment
- Excellent communication skills
- Emotional stability and maturity
- Professional and ethical conduct
- Physical and mental stamina
- Ability to learn and function in a wide variety of didactic and clinical settings
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.
Fluency in written and spoken English is essential for success in the program and to ensure patient safety. Applicants must demonstrate objective competency in English through the admission interview and may be required to submit results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or equivalent examination.
Applicants are judged not only on scholastic accomplishments, but also on physical and emotional capacities to meet the requirements of the program’s curriculum and to graduate as skilled and effective practitioners, with reasonable accommodations, if applicable. To preserve the welfare of students and patients, each MSHS program will establish minimum standards deemed essential for safety in practicing that respective profession. Applicants seeking accommodations should initiate their request with the program director.
Admissions committees for each program may require additional specific admission standards. Documentation of these program-specific standards is available from the program director.
Additional admission requirements
Applicants offered admission to MSHS programs must comply with prevailing institutional policies and procedures regarding:
- Occupational health review and/or physical exam
- Background study and immediate disclosure of any criminal convictions
- Dress Code
- Drug screen
- Health insurance
- Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), confidentiality, and other training deemed necessary by Mayo Clinic and/or the MSHS program
Questions about these requirements can be directed to the school. Failure to comply or to provide requested documentation is grounds for rescinding an admission offer or terminating admission.
Students are required to exhibit professional and ethical conduct at all times.
Mayo School of Health Sciences upholds all federal and state laws that preclude discrimination on the basis of race, sex, age, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, disabilities or veteran’s status.