Mayo School of Health Sciences

Information about Physical Therapist program at Mayo School of Health Sciences



Mayo School of Health Sciences (D6, F1, PR)

Last Updated by Program: 03/09/2007
Address:   Physical Therapy Program
Mayo School of Health Sciences
Program in Physical Therapy, Siebens 11-04
200 First Street SW
Rochester, MN 55905
Phone:   (507)284-2054
Fax:   (507)284-0656
Financial Aid Phone:   (507)284-4839
Web Address:
Program E-mail:
John Hollman, PT, PhD
Program Director
  Accreditor:   Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
  Carnegie Classification:   Special Focus Institutions--Other health professions schools
  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Certificate, February 1939 (no longer offered) Master's degree, September 1989 (no longer offered) DPT, February 2004
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2009
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Doctor of Physical Therapy
The Program in Physical Therapy is an academic program of the Mayo School of Health Sciences, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, in Rochester, MN. The program consists of a 33-month curriculum leading to the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree that prepares students for careers as excellent and compassionate physical therapists. The program is committed to educating students to become knowledgeable, skillful generalist physical therapists who embrace high ethical and professional standards.
At the end of the first academic year, students are assigned to an 8-week clinical experience in either an outpatient orthopedic, acute care, or a combination outpatient and acute care setting. This clinical experience normally will be done at a facility outside of Rochester. During the second academic year, students complete two 9-week full-time clinical experiences. During the third academic year, students complete two to three additional 9-week full-time clinical experiences. Overall, three of the full time clinical experiences will consist of acute care, outpatient orthopedic and adult rehabilitation experiences. The other experiences may be electives in such areas as geriatrics, sports medicine, hand therapy, work rehabilitation and pediatrics. Community hospital and general private practice settings also are options. During the terminal 9-week block of time, students will have the option extend their fifth clinical experience, to complete an additional clinical experience in a preferred practice setting, or to conduct basic or clinical science research under supervision of a faculty member in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. Each student in the program will therefore complete 44 to 53 weeks of full time clinical experiences. The majority of external clinical sites are within a 500-mile radius of Rochester. Students may be selected for a 9-week clinical rotation to one of Mayo Clinic’s practice sites in either Jacksonville, Fla., or Phoenix, Ariz.
Five full-time and three part-time core faculty members and approximately 80 supporting faculty members from Mayo Clinic College of Medicine teach in the program. Of the core faculty 62.5% hold post-professional doctoral degrees, 37.5% are certified clinical specialists, and most are engaged in clinical practice. Over the past 3 years, the faculty has averaged 7 publications in peer-reviewed journals per year. The core faculty-to-student ratio is approximately 1:10.5.
The physical therapy program enrolls 28 students per year.
A baccalaureate degree is required for admission. Prerequisites include cardio-pulmonary resuscitation; 1 course in statistics; 2 courses in both chemistry and physics (with labs); 3 courses in the social sciences (including 2 courses in psychology); and four courses in the biological sciences (including human anatomy and human physiology with labs). Students must submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination and have a minimum 100 hours of observational or actual work experience in physical therapy. To be competitive, candidates must have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) and science GPA of 3.0. The average GPA of each entering class has been approximately 3.6. The Admissions Committee will select individuals for a personal interview. Approximately 50% of qualified applicants are admitted to the program (3-year average).
99% of admitted students graduate from the program (3-year average). Over 91% of Mayo’s graduates pass the national licensure exam on their first attempt (3-year average); the overall pass rate on the licensure exam is 100%. The job placement rate of Mayo’s graduates who seek positions in physical therapy is 100% (3-year average).
The total tuition for students enrolling in 2007 is $63,000. Divided across three academic years, tuition is $21,000 per year. Textbook costs are estimated to be approximately $1,500 throughout the program. Financial assistance provided by Mayo School of Health Sciences is based on need. 87% of physical therapy students receive some type of financial aid. For specific information, contact Nichole Lien, Mayo School of Health Sciences Student Financial Aid Office, at 507-284-9387.
The program is located in the Mayo Medical Center in downtown Rochester and does not provide dormitories; however, there is an abundance of off-campus rentals within walking distance. Rochester has an outstanding recreation program allowing students to participate in organized athletics similar to intramural programs in a college or university setting. Rochester is located in southeast Minnesota, 80 miles south of Minneapolis-St Paul, and has an airport, nearby interstate highways, and plentiful public transportation available. Multiple entertainment activities and cultural events abound in the area