Mayo Clinic physical therapist helping a patient with strength training

Program description

The Physical Therapy Doctoral Program offered by Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences in Rochester, Minnesota, is a 33-month, entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program that prepares trainees for a career as a physical therapist.

The program is committed to educating students to become knowledgeable, skillful generalist physical therapists who embrace high ethical and professional standards.

Graduates of the program become:

  • Skilled in screening, examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, intervention and prevention of disorders or conditions impairing movement, function and health
  • Capable of assuming responsibility for independent judgment in making sound decisions regarding patient management
  • Prepared to care for patients with varying conditions and in diverse health care settings
  • Able to practice both independently and collaboratively in a multicultural society
  • Ready to assume the multifaceted roles of an active professional, including practitioner, educator, researcher, consultant, administrator, collaborator, advocate and lifelong learner
  • Qualified to promote the advancement of physical therapy through practice, education and research

Faculty members encourage trainees to commit to ongoing self-evaluation in their professional and personal development. Students are trained as both a physical therapy consumer and practitioner, able to contribute to the field of physical therapy. They become service-oriented professionals who practice within the ethical and legal scope of current physical therapy practice.

The Physical Therapy Doctoral Program curriculum follows a traditional model that embraces evidence-based physical therapy practice. It includes a strong clinical education component to give students the necessary breadth and depth to achieve proficiency in professional skills.

Mission statement

The mission of the Mayo Program in Physical Therapy is to inspire hope and contribute to health and well-being of society by educating aspiring physical therapists who provide the best care to every patient/client through integrated education, research and clinical practice.


The Physical Therapy Doctoral Program at the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 507-284-2054 or email rstptprogram@mayo.edu.

The Physical Therapy Doctoral Program at Mayo Clinic has been accredited since 1939.

See accreditation information for Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science.

Mayo Clinic physical therapist helping a patient walk


The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in Minnesota offers comprehensive care for both inpatients and outpatients. At Mayo Clinic, physician evaluations, as well as physical and occupational therapy services, are available. Inpatient rehabilitation care is provided at Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Marys Campus.

Through training activities, specialized equipment, videos and other learning resources, students learn to treat adult and pediatric patients with medical diagnoses typically seen in the rehabilitative clinical setting, including stroke, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, cancer, cardiac conditions and neurological impairments.

Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, includes an extensive outpatient complex, Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester, and substantial research and education facilities. This Mayo Clinic site is among the largest, most advanced medical centers in the world.

Graduation and certification

Upon successful completion of the Physical Therapy Doctoral Program, graduates receive a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree from Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences.

Graduates are eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE). Successful completion of the professional licensure exam is required before beginning practice. In addition, each state requires licensure prior to practice.


For the majority of the program, your learning schedule includes eight-hour days, five days a week. While the regular workweek is usually 40 hours, additional projects, patient activities and homework may be assigned.

Class size

Each year, Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences admits up to 28 students to the Physical Therapy Doctoral Program.

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