Career Opportunities

Create athlete and sport-specific performance training to improve athletic performance, reduce injury, and promote lifelong fitness skills.

Common Internships: MNSU Athletics, Mankato West, Mankato East, St. Clair High School, EXOS, Lake Crystal Area Recreation Center, ETS

Graduate School: Prefered in private companies and school settings

Exercise prescription and medically supervised fitness for people with cardiorespiratory issues. 

Common Internships: Mayo Clinic Mankato, VINE, District ONE Hospital, United Hospital District

Graduate School: Required along with varied certifications

Using psychological knowledge and skills to address optimal performance and well-being of athletes. 

Common Internships: MNSU Sport and Exercise Psychology, YMCA, MNSU Athletics

Graduate School: Required for certifications

Work to improve movement as a part of prevention, rehabilitation, and treatment for patients with illness or injury. 

Common Internships: Observation hours at Optivus PT, Avera Therapy, Lake Crystal Area Rec Center, Mayo Clinic, Orthopedic Fracture Clinic, Mankato Clinic Hospital

Graduate School: Doctorate in PT Required

Treat patients through therapeutic use of everyday activities. Help patients develop, recover, improve, and maintain the skills needed for daily living and working. 

Common Internships: Observation hours at Orthopedic Fracture Clinic, Mayo Hospital, Mankato Clinic Hospital, Pathstone Living, Oaklawn Rehabilitation Center, Pediatric Therapy Services

Graduate School: Masters or Doctorate level OT school Required 

Specialize in preventing, diagnosing, and treating muscle and bone injuries in athletic and work environments. 

Common Internships: MNSU Athletics, Mankato West, Mankato East, St. Clair High School, Lake Crystal High School

Graduate School: Masters in Athletic Training Required

Teach and manage athletes in individual and team sports environments. 

Common Internships: MNSU Athletics, YMCA, Local sport leagues

Graduate School: Prefered at high school and collegiate levels

Create programs to encourage healthier lifestyles for the workplace. 

Common Internships: Taylor Corporation, Verizon Wireless Office, MNSU, HelathSource Solutions, Lifetime Fitness

Graduate School: Sometimes preferred depending on the corporation, not required 

Implementing programs designed to protect and improve the health of people and their communities. 

Common Internships: YMCA, YWCA, VINE

Graduate School: Sometimes preferred

Health care professionals focused on the diagnosis and treatment of neuromuscular disorders, with an emphasis on treatment through manual adjustment and/or manipulation of the spine.

Common Internship: Observation hours with local chiropractors. 

Graduate School: Doctor of Chiropractic Required 

Medical doctors and physician assistants treat patients in their medical specialties and scope of practice.  

Common Internships: Observation hours or Certified Nurse Assistant work at Mayo Hospital and Mankato Clinic Hospital

Graduate School: Required based on medical profession

Includes personal training, group fitness, and equipment development to improve health and fitness. 

Common Internships: JP Fitness, KATOCrossfit, Fitness Untamed, Ignition Fitness, MNSU Recreation, YMCA, VINE, Planet Fitness, Lifetime Fitness

Graduate School: Sometimes preferred based on the corporation, not required

Design, build, and fit prostheses and braces to support limbs and the structural and functional characteristics of the neuromuscular system. 

Common Internships: Orthopedic Fracture Clinic, LimbLab

Graduate School: Prefered for Orthotics, Required for Prosthetics