To be eligible for admission to the Physical Therapy Internship, you must be currently enrolled in an accredited physical therapy education program. The academic coordinator of clinical education at your college or university arranges admission to the internship.

There are two levels of practice in physical therapy:

  • Physical therapist. To prepare for a career as a physical therapist, you must complete a professional education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).
  • Physical therapist assistant. To become a physical therapist assistant, you must complete a two-year associate degree educational program accredited by CAPTE.

All courses of study require a period of supervised clinical experience and successful completion of a national physical therapy exam (NPTE). Those who pass are awarded the title of physical therapist or physical therapist assistant.

Technical standards

A physical therapist's job can be physically demanding. 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 following Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines.

Non-U.S. citizen applicants

See the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences non-U.S. citizen applicants policy.

More information

See further Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences admissions policy information.

July 26, 2017