Mayo Clinic sports physical therapist stretching a patient

Program description

The one-year Physical Therapy Sports 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 sports 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
  • Event and outreach coverage

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

Program goals

  • 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 sports 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 sports 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 sports through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS)


The Physical Therapy Sports 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.

Residents spend the majority of their time at the sports medicine centers at the Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center and the Charlton Building in Rochester, Minnesota, as well as rotate through Mayo Clinic Square in Minneapolis.

Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center weight room
Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center indoor field

Graduation and certification

Upon successful completion of the Physical Therapy Sports Residency, you receive a certificate of completion from Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences.

Graduates are eligible to take the sports specialist certification examination administered by the ABPTS.


During the residency, you work 44 to 50 hours a week. Schedules may vary from week to week and include:

  • 30 hours of patient care, including four hours of mentored time
  • Four to six hours of event and outreach coverage
  • Four to six hours of didactics
  • Two to four hours of research
  • Four to six hours of resident learning and development opportunities, such as teaching, surgical observation and journal clubs

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 Sports Residency. This ensures that you receive tailored instruction and a comprehensive educational experience.

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