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Physical Therapy Orthopaedic Residency (Minnesota)


Physical therapy orthopedic residents at Mayo Clinic

Program description

The 54-week Physical Therapy Orthopaedic Residency at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, is designed to significantly advance your preparation as a provider of patient and client care services in the area of orthopaedic clinical practice.

The program includes activities that promote your continued integration of practice, research and scholarly inquiry consistent with the program's mission and philosophy.

Residency components include:

  • Independent patient care
  • One-on-one mentoring
  • A research project
  • Teaching responsibilities
  • Planned didactic and laboratory coursework designed to provide a basis for advanced clinical practice

Residents are licensed physical therapists and receive a stipend and benefits package.

Program mission and goals

The Physical Therapy Orthopaedic Residency's mission is to develop highly skilled physical therapist practitioners who provide the best care, outcomes, and patient management within the orthopaedic specialty practice.

  • Support the mission, vision and values of Mayo Clinic to inspire hope and contribute to optimal patient health and well-being by providing the best care to every patient through integrated clinical practice, education and research
  • Promote Mayo Clinic's reputation as an industry leader of excellence in clinical practice and become a nationally recognized provider for post-professional clinical training within the area of orthopaedic physical therapy
  • Prepare you to be a highly skilled critical thinker who embraces lifelong learning and is grounded in the principles of evidence-based practice
  • Develop skilled orthopaedic physical therapy practitioners who are able to provide an unparalleled patient experience at Mayo Clinic, the most trusted partner in health care
  • Provide an avenue for you to achieve board certification in orthopaedics through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS)


The Physical Therapy Orthopaedic Residency is accredited by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE) council of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

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


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.

As a resident, you spend the majority of your time at the outpatient orthopaedic clinic and also rotate through the hand clinic and sports medicine practice areas in downtown Rochester, Minnesota.

Graduation and certification

After successfully completing the Physical Therapy Orthopaedic Residency, you receive a certificate of completion from Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences.

Graduates are eligible and expected to take the orthopaedics specialist certification examination administered by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS).


For the majority of the residency, the learning schedule includes eight-hour days, five days a week. When rotating through the sports medicine center, residents have patient care responsibilities in the evenings a few days a week. Independent learning and assignments may occur outside of this time frame.

Class size

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