Page Content

Application Process

Two individuals looking at information on a computer in the clinic


Two candidates are accepted on a competitive basis each year for the Acute Care Physical Therapy Residency at Mayo Clinic's campus in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona.

Admission requirements


To be eligible for the Acute Care Physical Therapy Residency you must have:

  • Current licensure as a physical therapist by the Arizona State Board of Physical Therapy by July start date
  • Arizona Fingerprint Clearance Card
  • Compliance with Mayo Clinic's general employment requirements, which include a criminal background check and pre-employment drug testing
  • Preferred membership in the American Physical Therapy Association

All applicants are evaluated by the Acute Care Physical Therapy Residency acceptance committee based on these criteria:

  • Academic education and degrees obtained
  • Clinical education and mentoring experiences
  • Clinical experience specific to acute care physical therapy
  • Research experience
  • Community service
  • Letters of reference

Other factors that weigh into the committee's decision:

  • Completion of an internship under the direct clinical supervision of a clinical specialist in the acute care setting
  • 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

Admission policies

Non-U.S. citizen applicants

Admission to Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences is open to U.S. workers in the four categories below. Therefore, visa sponsorship is not available.

  1. U.S. citizens
  2. U.S. nationals
  3. Lawful permanent residents
  4. Asylees and refugees

Applicants whose primary language is not English must submit results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-based test (TOEFL iBT). Scores from the speaking portion of the exam are given particular consideration in admission decisions. Learn more about the exam and register online at the Educational Testing Service.

The Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences code for the TOEFL iBT is 5784.

Educational transcripts from schools outside the U.S. must be translated (if they are not already in English) and evaluated for U.S. equivalence by an accredited credential evaluation service company prior to submission. Please refer to the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services for a list of qualified companies. The applicant pays for the examination and credential-evaluation services.

More information

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

How to apply

Disability accommodations

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences values diversity and welcomes applicants with disabilities. If you are anticipating or experiencing disability related barriers in accessing this application, please contact Disability Compliance Advisors at

Application timeline

Application window Program start date Apply
Oct. 16-May 31 September Online application

Application instructions

  1. Online application. Complete the online application via the Residency/Fellowship Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (RF-PTCAS) website.

  2. Supporting documentation. All supporting documentation will be included in the RF-PTCAS application process. Please direct any questions about this documentation to:

    Judy Cimochowski
    Education Coordinator

Interview process

The selection committee carefully reviews each application. Individuals considered for an appointment may be invited to Mayo Clinic in Arizona for an in-person interview or interviewed by Zoom.


Appointment letters are mailed in early March. Your reply is expected within 10 business days.