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Physical Therapy Geriatric Residency (Arizona)


Program description

Physical therapy geriatric resident works with a patient in Phoenix, Arizona.

The one-year Physical Therapy Geriatric Residency gives you opportunities to appreciate the diverse manifestations of disease and disability affecting geriatric patients.

You experience the distinct variations in acute and chronic disease across health care settings at Mayo Clinic's campus in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona, including:

  • Outpatient setting
  • Skilled nursing
  • Acute inpatient rehabilitation
  • Home health care
  • Acute care and critical care

You experience physical therapy interventions unique to each phase of rehabilitation.

When you complete the program, you have:

  • Knowledge of theoretical principles, including the pathology and physiology of aging across cardiopulmonary, musculoskeletal, integumentary and neurologic systems as related to the unique characteristics and needs of the geriatric patient
  • Training in the practical skills needed for geriatric physical therapy, including clinical case management; patient, family and caregiver education; advocacy; referral; consultation; and documentation related to geriatric care delivery to provide optimal and quality care for all patients
  • Experience in practice according to the ethical principles and legal requirements of the profession compliant to federal and state regulation and Mayo Clinic policies, values and standards of care


The program is accredited by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE), the accrediting body for the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

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


All residents have successfully completed the program without remediation. There is a 100% pass rate for geriatric clinical specialty board examinations for all graduates as of 2019. All graduates have obtained full-time employment in their choice practice setting following graduation.


Mayo Clinic has two campuses in Arizona. The Phoenix campus includes the state-of-the-art Mayo Clinic Hospital, the first hospital entirely designed and built by Mayo Clinic. It has been recognized several times by Phoenix magazine as the Best Hospital in Phoenix.

In 2019, Mayo Clinic's campuses in Arizona took top honors, ranking No. 1 in Arizona and the Phoenix area on U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals list.

The campus includes a 3,000-square-foot multidisciplinary simulation center, which simulates real-life patient care situations, enabling learners to practice on sophisticated mannequins in a no-risk environment. Experiential learning enhances patient safety and improves competency assessment of learners through new modes of simulation-based education.

The campus also includes a state-of-the-art education and conference center, which has a 330-seat auditorium and adjacent meeting rooms. The facility serves all types of learners engaging in lifelong learning.

The Mayo Clinic campus in Scottsdale is centered around a beautiful, five-story outpatient clinic. This modern facility contains extensive exam rooms, an outpatient surgery center equipped for general anesthesia, a full-service laboratory, pharmacy, patient education library, endoscopy suite, and a 188-seat auditorium for patient, staff and student education programs. Services in numerous medical and surgical disciplines are provided, including outstanding programs in cancer treatment and organ transplantation.

Graduation and certification

After successfully completing this residency, you receive a certificate of completion from Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences.

Graduates are eligible to take the Geriatric Specialist Certification Examination administered by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS).


The residency is considered a full-time position; 70 percent of a typical week is spent on patient care (limited to a geriatric caseload) in the specific clinical setting as the resident rotates through the areas of practice within the curriculum. A weekend rotation is required.

Class size

Each year, Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences admits one student to the Physical Therapy Geriatric Residency. This ensures that you receive tailored instruction and a comprehensive educational experience.