Physical Therapy

The Division of Physical Therapy creates and integrates innovative research discoveries, education, and practice to develop scholarly, collaborative physical therapists and rehabilitation scientists who advance health care and disease prevention for diverse communities in Minnesota and beyond. We aim to empower:

  • DPT graduates from the Division of Physical Therapy with didactic knowledge, clinical skills, and translational abilities to bring prevailing best practice into the clinic
  • Ph.D. graduates from the Division of Rehabilitation Science with the talents to discover and disseminate rehabilitation breakthroughs
  • Physical therapist graduates from the Geriatric Clinical Residency program with specialized clinical/academic skills to enhance care for the elderly.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement

Central to the core values of the Division of Physical Therapy is a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion through teaching, research, clinical practice, and service. We stand for a culture free from racism and discriminatory acts or behaviors against all individuals. We welcome and deeply value each person for their intersecting identities (race, color, ethnicity, age, abilities, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion, faith, spiritual beliefs and veteran status) and lived experiences. Together, we will ensure that diversity, equity, and inclusion thrive and are integrated into every component of our curriculum and activities.

The Medical School’s Diversity Statement can be found here.

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

Physical therapy student showcasing research poster.

Structured as an active learning cohort, the Doctor of Physical Therapy program prepares students with the didactic knowledge and clinical skills to be leaders in the profession. The first seven semesters are spent on campus with professionally renown faculty in a combination of coursework, clinical education, and research. The final two semesters are spent off-campus in immersive clinical internships, including four international locations.

DPT/PHD Joint Degree

The joint program allows students to expand their education and further their research by applying credits toward a PhD in Rehabilitation Science while working on their DPT. After earning the DPT degree, students continue full time in the RSC PhD program

Geriatric Clinical Residency

Geriatric resident graduate and clinic mentor.

The Geriatric Clinical Residency Program is a full-time 12-month program that provides physical therapists one on one clinical mentoring and specialized didactic training in geriatrics. This post-professional residency program is accredited by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE). Residency graduates are then eligible to sit for the board certification exam in geriatrics.