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Physical Therapy Doctoral Program (Minnesota)

Student Stories

DPT student in shoulder lab.

Student outcomes (2015-2019)

Program alumni: Where do graduates go next?

Learn more about where graduates go, where they work, and what they do after they complete our program.

By location

AlumniNext step
15% Find a job within Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Arizona, or Florida) or within the Mayo Clinic Health System
65% Stay in Minnesota 
35%  Scatter across the country including (in no particular order) AZ, FL, CO, SD, NE, TX, ND, CA, MI, WI, OR, LA, WA, NM 

By institution

AlumniNext step
42% Health system or hospital-based out-patient practices physical therapy clinics
19% Acute care hospitals
17% Private out-patient offices or group practices
8% Sub-acute in-patient rehabilitation hospitals
6% Skilled nursing facilities/extended care facilities
2% A school system (primary/secondary)
10% Enter into residency training programs

Get involved and stay engaged 

Small class sizes of 28 students allow you to get to know your classmates, the faculty, and staff, which provides many opportunities to receive personalized feedback. Our emphasis on the importance of research and clinical practice-related projects will help you feel prepared and ready to hit the ground running after graduation. In order to foster teamwork, we offer several ways to get involved and stay engaged throughout our program.

Big-Little program

Our big-little program is a peer mentorship program that pairs a second-year student with a first-year (incoming) student. This allows first-year students to ask questions, and get a sense of the program before classes even start.

Community involvement

Students are required to participate in service learning projects to help facilitate community involvement. These projects are more than volunteering in a soup kitchen, (although those volunteer opportunities are also available). Service learning provides opportunities for students to apply their skills and gain knowledge while providing a service to a segment of the community. Students find it as a highlight of the DPT program and it is mutually beneficial for students and the local community.

Meet our students