The 33-month Physical Therapy Doctoral (DPT) Program at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, prepares you for your next steps toward a career as a physical therapist.
In this program, you’ll focus on the foundational knowledge of evidence-based physical therapy practice, yet learn about emerging techniques and technology that help you address patient needs and provide the care of tomorrow.
Choosing Mayo Clinic
Being part of Mayo Clinic, we are fully integrated into the No. 1 hospital in the nation. The professionalism for unrivaled patient care is our culture and this works its way into every function of our program.
Program highlights include:
- The high quality of clinical education curriculum is one only Mayo Clinic can provide. You will have access to and receive more clinical experience here than any other similar program in the country.
- Clinical experiences that go beyond typical and traditional. You will experience many unique and diverse patient types with multifactorial issues not found in typical physical therapy clinics.
- A strong teaching-focused faculty in a large, research organization. Our faculty value teaching as their primary role, followed closely by research and clinical practice. Due to our small class sizes, you will get to know your faculty very well, and our faculty love getting to know you and supporting your goals!
Graduates receive a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree from Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences. Upon completion, you will also be eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE).
Outcomes (two-year average)
- 98.2% graduation rate (classes of 2022 and 2023)
- 98.2% first-time pass rate on licensure exam (classes of 2022 and 2023)
- 100% ultimate pass rate on licensure exam (classes of 2022 and 2023)
- 100% job placement rate (classes of 2021 and 2022)
My classmates have been my rock since embarking on this DPT journey, and they are truly my favorite part about being enrolled in this humbling program. Family is something near and dear to me, and through this past year they have become a family to me. We laugh together, celebrate together, struggle together, and persevere together. Going to class every day is such a blessing because I am able to learn in an environment that doesn’t feel so much of a classroom as it does a home.
Ryan Chang, P.T., D.P.T.
Graduate, Class of 2021
Explore what a physical therapist does
Physical therapists diagnose and treat patients who have medical problems or injuries that limit their abilities to move or function in their daily lives.
The Physical Therapy Doctoral Program at Mayo Clinic has been accredited since 1939. Learn more about accreditation.
Cost of attendance
The Physical Therapy Doctoral Program at Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 507-284-2054 or email email@example.com.
The Physical Therapy Doctoral Program at Mayo Clinic has been accredited since 1939.
See accreditation information for Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science.
The program has determined that its curriculum meets the state educational requirements for licensure or certification in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands secondary to its accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), based on the following:
CAPTE accreditation of a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant program satisfies state educational requirements in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Thus, students graduating from CAPTE-accredited physical therapist and physical therapist assistant education programs are eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Examination and apply for licensure in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. For more information regarding state qualifications and licensure requirements, refer to the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy website at www.fsbpt.org.
The mission of the Mayo Clinic Program in Physical Therapy is to develop physical therapists with trusted knowledge, skills, and attitudes who inspire hope by promoting health through integrated education, research, and clinical practice.