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The 54-week 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.

Completion and certification

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

Graduates are eligible and expected to take the Sports Certified Specialist (SCS) examination administered by 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.

Program mission and goals

The mission of the Physical Therapy Sports Residency is to develop highly skilled physical therapist practitioners who provide the best care, outcomes, and patient management within the sports 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 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)
Take a tour and learn more about the Mayo Clinic Physical Therapy Sports Residency


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