Minnesota, named the third best place to practice the profession of physical therapy last year, has five accredited physical therapy schools in the state. Academic programs lead to certifications as well as academic undergraduate and graduate degrees, i.e., Bachelors, Masters, and PhDs. These physical therapy training programs are located in the major population centers of the state, Northern Minnesota (Duluth), Central Minnesota Metropolitan (Minneapolis-St. Paul), and South-East Minnesota (Rochester-Winona).
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Certification in Minnesota
There are a number of accrediting bodies which validate physical therapy training capabilities. To evaluate or treat any person using physical measures, therapeutic exercises, or rehabilitative procedures in Minnesota, however, requires a License from the Minnesota State Board of Physical Therapy. Continuing licensees must obtain at least 20 contact hours of continuing education for each two-year licensing period in order to continue practice and remain in licensing good standing. Physical therapy license applications require formal academic training, professional recommendations, work history, professional organization affiliations, etc. In Minnesota, training programs have academic recognition, but all physical therapists must be licensed to practice in Minnesota, even those licensed in other states.
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The profession is growing rapidly in Minnesota with an increase of 15% in recent years. In 2010 the median physical therapist salary was about $70,000 with a range (ten to ninetieth percentile) of about $55,000 to $87,000 per year.
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Northern Minnesota is served by the College of Saint Scholastica in Duluth with a smaller campus and student population of 3700, student teacher ratio of 14 to 1.
Central Minnesota with its Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area is served by the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus, on multiple campuses serving a student population exceeding 50,000, student teacher ratio of 21 to 1. Also in the Twin Cities is Saint Catherine University which serves 5300 students on a midsize campus, student teacher ratio of 13 to 1.
South-East Minnesota is served by the Mayo School of Health Sciences, located in Rochester. It has a student population of 270 students concentrated on a convenient, smaller campus, with a student teacher ratio of 7 to 1. Nearby is Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota located in Winona, which has a midsized campus serving 5500 students with a student teacher ratio of 12 to 1.
More Physical Therapy Schools in MInnesota
|PHYSICAL THERAPY SCHOOLS||CITY||PHONE NUMBER||ADDRESS||WEBSITE|
|College of St Scholastica||Duluth||(218) 723-6523||1200 Kenwood Ave|
Duluth, MN 55811
|Mayo School of Health Sciences||Rochester||507-284-2054||200 First Street SW |
Rochester, MN 55905
|St Catherine University||Minneapolis||(651) 690-7825||601 25th Avenue South|
Minneapolis, MN 55454
|University of Minnesota||Minneapolis||612-624-2662||420 Delaware St SE|
Minneapolis, MN 55455